After the Cup tie we’ve got Chelsea away and we’ll go 8 points behind (again) if we lose, so it’s obvious that we need a result, and to get back on track after some poor displays. Set pieces, in particular, need addressing.
23) SATURDAY JANUARY 31ST CHELSEA (AWAY) KO 5.30PM
Last promotion was in 1989 (with us) since then they’ve won the lot.140th league meeting.
Recent connections are Frank Lampard, Scott Sinclair and Danny Sturridge.
Some celeb fans : Sugsy, Michael Caine, Bill Nighy, Bill Clinton, Phil Daniels, Seb Coe, Minnie Driver, Dicky Attenborough RIP, Trevor Eve, Damien Allban, Nick Kershaw, Bryan Adams
This season so far they’re in 1st place with 52 points from 22 games, and 10 wins 0 draws and no losses at home.
At The Etihad in September it was that 1-1 draw. They opened the scoring through Schurrie (71), Zab was sent off, Costa hit the bar and Frank equalised in the 85th minute. Crowd was 45,602 with 2,687 pensioners.
In the Chimps league, they’ve played Sporting Lisbon 3-1 H, 1-0 A; Schalke 1-1H, 5-0 A; Maribor 1-1A, 6-0 H; and face PSG in the knock out stage.
In the Capital One Cup they’ve beaten Bolton 2-1 at home, Shrewsbury 2-1 away, and Derby 3-1 away. In the semis they drew 1-1 at Liverpool in the first leg and face them at home on the 27th Jan. Let’s hope they get some injuries.
In The FA Cup 3rd rd they won 3-0 at home v Watford and in the 4th rd face Bradford City at home.
Last season : At the Bridge in October it was a 2-1 loss. Schurrie (33) opened the scoring, Aguero equalised (49) but Joe’s rush of blood led to Torres’s last minute winner, after City had played well.
Crowd was 41,495 with 2,892 Blues.
Form at Chelsea : Last season’s loss made it for City : LDLLW
Comment : Going well this season, too well but they’ve lost at Newcastle and Spurs and are due a deat at home. I’s therefore in our own hands to put one over on them, and with everyone fit again, we hope, surely we can do it?
Groundwise : Stamford Bridge: Capacity : 41,837
We’re in the upper and lower tiers behind the goal in the old Shed end.
Tickets : Subsidised at £25/£12.50
Parking: Difficult and expensive, best to park up and come in by tube to Fulham Broadway, a short walk to the Bridge.
Away day zine : Chelsea Independent (if it’s still going)
Sat Nav : SW6 1HS
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 12,672 in 1982/83 and this season it’s 41,560