11) SATURDAY OCTOBER 27Th : CHELSEA (AWAY)
Rub your eyes cos it’s happened again. Saturday at 3pm what’s going on? So just when, on principle ‘cos of the prices you don’t want to go, it’s not on TV!
Formed in 1905, joined div 2 in 1905/06. Loads of ups and downs from 1st to 2nd., came up with us in 88/89, and stayed ever since. (we didn’t!) won the league in 1955, then again in 2005, and 2006 with a few cups, first in 1970 thrown in for good measure
Some names/connections : Embankment, Flower show, Pensioners, Kings Road, The Shed, …Clive Allen, Colin Viljoen, Gordon Davies, Terry Phelan, David Rocastle, Max Woosnam, SWP…Suggsy, David Mellor, Tim Lovejoy, Richard Attenborough,….
Avram Grant’s squad includes: Cech, Terry, Ben Haim,
A.Cole, Belleti, Essien, Mikel, J.Cole, Kalou, SWP, Shevchenko, Ballack, Lampard, Drogba, Bridge, Carvalho, Sidwell, Makalele, Malouda, Ferreira,
Last season : It was an opening day of the season 3-0 defeat at The Bridge for us, Terry, Lampard and Drogba netting with Corradi picking up a red card. At COMS in March we went down 1-0 to a 27th minute Lampard penalty, 39,420 (2,062 Pensioners), Chelsea whingeing and moaning all through the game. They suffered injuries to key players during the season, notably Terry, Cole, Robben and Czech. New signings, Shevchenko and Ballack were disappointing, SWP in and out and in the end they just weren’t good enough so finished in second place. They beat the rags in the cup final. Ha, and also won the Carling Cup...
This season so far : Veron (out of contract, how did they pay £15M for him?) and Geremi were the main departures and Malouda (£13.5M) Ben Haim, Sidwell, Pizarro, Alex and Searle have all come in. So far, after the unbelievable split with Mourinho, a sad loss to English football, they’ve not hit the heights and are 7th with 18 points from 10 games and 2 wins and 2 draws, no defeats at home. They got the decision at Anfield to earn a point., but got nothing from Mike Dean at O/T and lost 2-0, or in the home game v Portsmouth. There’s speculation over Lampard and Terry’s playing in a face mask. In the Carling they’ve got Leicester at home, and have just beaten Schalke in the Champions League.
Our form at The Bridge : Pretty poor, our last win was in 92/93 4-2, since then it’s been 6 defeats, 3 draws, last in 04/05, and we haven’t scored for 5 games? P/W attendances have ranged from 16,583 in 61/62 to 53,322 in 71/72. Best win 4-1 in 78/79. Worst defeat 5-0 in 02/03.
Comment: We’ll never get a better chance than today so let’s see how far we’ve come, or not! No doubt they’ll have the big guns back, though Shevchenko’s a disaster, and it’ll be time for
a City goal, and also time for a win to give SWP some wishful thinking?
Groundwise: Once second only to Maine Road, with a record attendance of 82,905. The Bridge is pretty well complete now. We’re in the Shed Stand behind the goal, no doubt ticket prices are up around £45 and £48 as per last season – outrageous!
Stewards: Stop us selling outside and inside. Bastards.
Police : No probs
Catering: Usual crap.
STATS: 40 pre-war and 84 post-war, make it our 125th league meeting, and at The Bridge, post-war it’s:
Played 42 Won 9 Drawn 12 Lost 21.
Last Pot: F.A.Cup and Carling Cup 2007
Last Att: 41.953(1,446 City).
This seasons average : 41,497
Where were they when they were shite? 8,858 v us in 88/89! Averaged 12,673 in ‘82/83.
Away Day Zines: The Chelsea Independent, The Westander, Cockney Rebel, Curious Blue, Mathew Harding’s Blue and White Army, Carefree (all as far as we know)
The Steve Parish Routemaster :
M6 to jn 4, M42 to jn 3A (or M6 toll to M42), then M40 to jn 1A for M25 (direction Heathrow), M25 to next junction 15, M4 for London (W). At end of M4 continue to A4 round Chiswick roundabout onto Great West Road and over Hammersmith Flyover, then turn right at second set of lights (B317 North End
Road), cross A3218 Lillis Road, left at Fulham Broadway to A304 Fulham Road.
Stamford Bridge on left. On street parking horrendous.
Park up and come in by tube: KK usually recommends parking at Greenford station (just off the A40) and using the Central line..Alternatives would be Ealing Broadway or Ealing Common then District Line to Fulham Broadway changing at Earls Court, or using M1 to one of several stations in north London.
Trains Manchester to London:Cheap tickets could still be available, otherwise Saver return (any train). Then Victoria Line from Euston to Victoria, then District Line to Fulham Broadway.