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*New* Chelsea Cucurella Song and Lyrics

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Despite having only made a brief cameo appearance against Everton for his debut there is already a Chelsea Cucurella song being sung by the away fans at Goodison.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tSwAAln-GE

Chelsea Cucurella Song Lyrics

The Chelsea Cucurella song goes something like this

Cucurella, Cucurella

He eats Paella, drinks Estrella

His hair’s f*cking massive

Return of Safe Standing At Stamford Bridge

Will Return Of Standing At Stamford Bridge Boost The Atmosphere?

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Standing at Stamford Bridge returned after nearly 28 years against Liverpool with rail seating in the Shed End and the Matthew Harding Lower.

Hopefully, this will help boost the matchday atmosphere and bring back some of the positive spirit of the terraces whilst leaving behind the bad.

A return to safe standing at Stamford Bridge has involved years of campaigning from fan groups and many false dawns but now standing is allowed in the entire Shed End and the Matthew Harding Lower.

Fans will still have an allocated seat, but they will now have a choice as to whether they use it.

Why Was Standing Banned?

The Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 was responsible for the tragic death of 97 football fans.

It led to the launch of a full investigation, the outcome of which was the Taylor Report.

The report recommended that stadiums should be converted to an all-seater model and that all ticketed spectators should have allocated seats.

Whilst the report did not say that standing was unsafe the government legislated that no standing would be allowed.

A deadline of August 1994 set for clubs in the Premier League and Championship to comply.

On the 7th of May 1994 Chelsea faced Sheffield United in the last game before the new regulations became law and the Shed End terracing was closed to be rebuilt, with modern seating, concourses, and overzealous stewards.

Impact On The Stamford Bridge Atmosphere

Whilst some of these changes were for the better, the removal of standing had a negative impact on atmospheres across the Premier League.

The cause for this was the introduction of allocated seating making it harder for fans to congregate and the way that standing makes fans feel more involved in the action and is far more conducive to singing and generating atmosphere.

Whilst an allocated seat is important for safety and crowd control, the desire for fans to stand whilst watching football has never disappeared.

If you have been to watch Chelsea at an away game out of the watch of home stewards’ fans watch the entire game standing. After a few years of trying to enforce seating on away fans most clubs simply gave up.

At home fans in the lower tiers of the Shed End and Matthew Harding Lower have spent the last twenty years doing battle with stewards trying to enforce rules against standing.

Maybe the tolerance of standing will see a better relationship with fans and stewards who can focus on things that will actually keep fans safe.

The Long Road To Safe Standing

A return to partial standing has made sense from day one, but it has taken a long time to get there.

The campaign to get seating back has been a long one that has brought fans across the country together. Fan groups including the Football Supporters Association have coordinated, lobbied and campaigned for nearly 32 years before we reached this point.

The challenge being for fans to convince their clubs, the Premier League and the government that there was a safe version of standing. This was a painstaking journey and we tip our hats to all those that fought the good fight.

Whilst allocated seating is a must in modern stadia, the introduction of rail seating is a huge coup for fans and should help revive atmospheres.

Will Safe Standing At Stamford Bridge Bring The Atmosphere Back

The introduction to safe standing is a great victory for supporters and should in theory lead to more fan involvement and a better atmosphere. For those not wanting to stand they will still be able to sit in the West, East or Matthew Harding Upper stands. (see our list of best place to sit at Stamford Bridge)

The proof will be in the results, but we look forward to finding out.

Editors Note - Fans standing in all-seater stadiums without rail seating was arguably quite unsafe with the risk of falling over the seat in front often quite high, particularly when getting to your seat or celebrating a goal.

2021-22 Chelsea Membership Prices Announced

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During the pandemic, Chelsea membership was postponed as there was very little prospect of members being able to watch matches live. With crowds slowly returning the club has announced the Chelsea 2021-22 membership prices.

This confirms that 2021-22 Chelsea membership prices will stay the same as the 2019-20 rates with discounts available for juniors and teens.

 

Why Get A Membership

Getting a Chelsea membership is the easiest and most effective way of getting access to Chelsea tickets for games throughout the season and is a prerequisite to getting enough points for key games and ultimately a season ticket.

Also who would not want to be a member of the Champions of Europe?

Chelsea membership 2021/2022

Club With Most Premier League Manager Changes Will Surprise You

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Since the Premier League started in 1992 there have been more than 240 managers. The club to have had the most managers is Newcastle United with current manager Steve Bruce the 23rd manager to take charge of the Geordies during the Premier League era.

We were surprised when we saw that it was Newcastle with most managers. It does make sense though a yo-yo history in the league and high expectations from fans and ownership make high manager turnover inevitable.

Given our record with managers, I thought we would top the list. We could reclaim our spot at the top of this hall of shame as we are tied for 2nd in the list just one behind Newcastle.

Frank Lampard is our 22nd manager during the Premier League era if you include caretakers such as Ray Wilkins and Graham Rix who each had temporary roles in charge for a game or two between permanent managers.

Chelsea are currently tied in second with Spurs who are managed by Jose Mourinho who has managed the Blues twice, this list counts every managerial change so Mourinho counts as 2 for Chelsea. Also the clubs have both had Andre Villas-Boas as manager in recent years.

Let’s hope our number does not move for a long time and that the Mourinho magic fails to materialise and we move down the list.

 

Chelsea First Club To SACK Manager In Premier League Era

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In February 1993 Chelsea sacked Ian Porterfield making Chelsea the first club to sack a manager in Premier League history.

Porterfield was the manager for the admin’s first-ever Chelsea game a 3-2 defeat after being 2-nil up which characterised the inconsistent nature of the Blues during this era.

His sacking came after a bright start to the season and he was replaced at the end of the season by Chelsea FA Cup-winning legend David Webb. Webb took the Blues on a seven-game unbeaten run to stave off the threat of relegation and further enhance his legendary reputation among Chelsea fans.

Changes In Managerial Lifecycle 

The managerial lifecycle is a lot different now than it was back in 1993.

It is unfathomable to think in the modern league that the first manager to be sacked would not meet their fate until February. Let alone that they would be the only manager to be sacked before the season’s end.

The fact Chelsea were the first club to sack a manager would not surprise someone who was more familiar with the managerial policies of Roman Abramovich.

We live in a results-driven league where the financial stakes of success and failure have never been higher. The money in the game today may have been triggered by the foundation of the Premier League but it has exploded beyond recognition compared the early 90’s.

This, the media and fan opinion explosion plus a number of other factors mean that owners are less patient and more trigger happy when a poor run of form sees their investment slide

Whilst being the first club to sack a manager is a dubious honour, we are not the club to have had the most managers during the Premier League era (for now)

You can find out who tops the list in our related article here.

The Spurs Legend Who Was Chelsea’s Worst Manager

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Results are everything in football and expectations in modern times mean even a few bad games can see a Chelsea manager given the boot. However modern-day managers would never get the time afforded to the club’s least successful manager of all time.

Arguably the worst Chelsea manager in terms of results was Danny Blanchflower who managed the club between December 1978 and September 1979.

Who Was Danny Blanchflower

Danny Blanchflower was one of the greatest footballers of his generation.

Playing in the 50’s and 60’s, he had a glittering playing career with bitter rivals Spurs and went on to be a hugely popular football writer.

He won the double in 1960/1961 and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1963 and was named as one of the 1958 World Cup All-Stars.

“The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.” – Danny Blanchflower

Despite his status as a Spurs legend, his time at Chelsea was his only job as a manager. Having been passed over for the Spurs job whilst working there as a coach.

Danny Blanchflower Worst Chelsea Manager

The case for Blanchflower being the club’s worst manager are pretty compelling

  • Won just 5 of his 32 games in charge (16%)
  • Got relegated and finished bottom of the league
  • Saw club legends Ray Wilkins and Peter Bonetti leave during his reign

When compared to what gets you sacked in the modern era at Stamford Bridge it really puts into perspective how the game and the club have changed.

So whilst Blanchflower should be remembered as one of the greats of the game as a player, he also is arguably the worst Chelsea manager in terms of results. Which to Spurs fans may actually be a badge of honour for a club legend.

Tottenham Get Battered 7-2 at Home Song – Video

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Last week a new variant of this anti-Spurs chant emerged in Lille. An instant reaction to their battering from Bayern Munich the day before.

We love it when a chant quickly emerges and it was being sung in the pubs and stadium in France and at Southampton away on Sunday.

Here are the words as we interpreted them in France.

Tottenham get battered Seville and Rome

Tottenham get battered 7-2 home

7-2 at Hoooooooome!!!!!

A song no-one can complain about that mocks Spurs – we like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=norj2UnjNHY

Uncomfortable Truth About Antisemitism For Chelsea Fans

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Chelsea football club has a problem with antisemitism.

That may seem obvious given the reports from the away game at Vidi, but it is really uncomfortable to say as a fan of the club that knows that for a tiny but vocal majority this is true.

As a Chelsea fan, I have heard chants that make me cringe in disgust, chants referencing the horrific crimes of the Holocaust that have no place in football or any other aspect of life.

Now let’s be clear these are made by a tiny minority of fans and they are never made at Stamford Bridge or any other UK football stadium for that matter.

This is not a culturally endemic state of affairs or the norm, rather an anachronistic throwback to a handful of fans that have not accepted the modern reality that racism of any form is not tolerated in football like it was in the 70’s and 80’s.

The club and football authorities have made it clear that this is unacceptable and stamped out the behaviour in the public eye.

However the problem is still there and from time to time rears it’s ugly head.

Chelsea Antisemitism Problem – The Club

The club has a Jewish owner and I am sure the club is horrified to be dealing with another alleged incident in the space of a few days.

The problem the club has is that despite huge efforts (it is not often this blog will applaud the club but they have gone all out on this) there is little you can do to stamp out the actions of people in private or thousands of miles from home.

Just as you cannot stop what people do on a tube in Paris, you cannot easily prevent what people do in a pub or thousands of miles from home.

The club can only keep doing what it is doing and hope that the idiots see enough sense to stop shaming the club.

The main problem they have though is that these fans are not casual fans, they are the loudest most loyal fans the club have.

Whilst the media may argue that fans that embarrass the club are not loyal. These are people that travel tens of thousands of miles every season to follow the team.

Fans that traveled all the way to Budapest to watch a reserve team play out a dead rubber, fans that sing the loudest and create the atmosphere that the corporates love as a promotional tool but have disdain for. A tiny subset of which are responsible for the headlines today.

Chelsea Antisemitism Problem – The Fans

Whilst I was saddened by the reports about what happened in Vidi I was not incredibly shocked as I have heard these kinds of chants a handful of times.

We have even blogged about it before – https://famouscfc.com/alvaro-morata-song-yid

For those who might ask if I reported them the answer is no, these acts do not typically take place in football stadiums they take place away from the public eye and it is not as simple as asking nicely or telling a none existent authority figure.

The club has a shameful past when it comes to racism (booing our own players in the 80’s) that it has worked so hard to eradicate, it is sad that some have not seen sense.

Antisemitism is an ongoing issue of debate as Chelsea fans have historically had a complicated relationship with antisemitism, due in part to the determined use of the word “yid” by Tottenham fans who have a historic connection with the Jewish community.

In the modern day, the use of the word persists despite the overwhelming majority of Spurs fans not sharing that historical background.

This has given the cover that using the word “Yid” is ok at football in songs about Tottenham as they use it as a badge of honour themselves. Many fans calling themselves the “Yid army” and

This emboldens idiots to go beyond what they could argue was a grey area (seems clear to me) and argue that these horrific chants are not antisemitic but anti-Tottenham and part of the banter of football.

They are not.

I hope the club can use this publicity to make it clear once and for all this is not acceptable and that we can move past it and focus on what really matters which is football. I say once again this is not what Chelsea fandom is about to me and only a handful of people are once again shaming the club.

One Chelsea Fan Whose Name Is Sung At Every Game Home and Away

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of the most influential men in the modern history of Chelsea Football Club.

He was more than just a businessman with a toy, he was a lifelong fan.

Matthew Harding was a Chelsea fan who just happened to be a millionaire with the means to invest money into the club and join the board. He helped fund the investment in the club that led to the regeneration of the ground and the team.

To the frustration of owner Ken Bates, Harding was adored by Chelsea fans who in part saw him as one of their own, someone who loved the team inside out.

This and boardroom wranglings made Harding hated by Bates who whilst appreciated by Chelsea fans for saving the club had never been loved by them due to his eccentric and often confrontational relationship with them.

Harding was a man of the people who watched games with the fans, whereas Ken Bates was seen as high and mighty and lived in the boardroom. The contrast between the two men could not have been clearer.

The boardroom wranglings may have largely been forgotten, but the man has not.

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of Harding’s death in a helicopter crash after a League Cup game against Bolton. The club has changed markedly since that fateful night Chelsea FC would not be what it is now without him and the fans know it.

The warmth and love for Harding from fans have not diminished over time, he may be the only Chelsea fan who has his name sung at every game home and away.

After his death the North Stand the development of which he helped fund to be named in his honour in an emotional ceremony against Tottenham just days after he died.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HVO9ELmtEs

Chelsea fans all over the world remember fondly the fan Matthew Harding.

Matthew Harding’s Blue & WHite Army!

 

JD Wetherspoons Hypocrites Over England Match Beer Pricing

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For the first time in years, there is excitement over England’s football team, meaning that the bars and pubs are full during matches.

There has been outcry in the media over reports that beer prices are higher in bars and pubs during England games.

There are reports that one pub chain is adding 50p to a pint whereas other pubs and bars are following suit across the country. It may not sound like much but for an industry in trouble, it does seem like needless profiteering.

One of the biggest bar chains JD Wetherspoons have come out saying they will not increase their prices for England games. Stating categorically that they would be against charging a premium during England games.

This makes them hypocrites as match going Chelsea fans will probably know that this is common practice at their Fulham Broadway Lloyds No 1 pub on beer and food before and after Chelsea games at Stamford Bridge.

This deliberate price gouging is designed to take advantage of the one moment that the whole country will be watching the game and feel the urge to do so with their social group.

JD Wetherspoons apply this theory every Chelsea game, when they are normally full to capacity.

There is a special match day food menu (higher prices), beer prices go up and special offers are removed. It has long been a bug bear of Chelsea fans but even more galling to hear JD Wetherspoons arguing that this price gouging would not be very good for their business or customers.

“We wouldn’t put prices up, I don’t think customers would be very impressed.

You have to show loyalty to customers who have shown loyalty to you,”

Shame that JD Wetherspoons the owners of the Lloyd’s brand do not feel the same way when Chelsea are playing. I guess its ok to rip off Chelsea fans but not England fans?

Or they are just hypocrites when the media is watching!