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Viva Ross Barkley Chelsea Chant Mocks Scousers

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New Chelsea signing Ross Barkley has a song without playing a game for the Blues.

The Ross Barkley chant follows in the tradition of Chelsea songs aimed at Scousers.

Viva Ross Barkley is not likely to be popular with the player himself who is a Liverpool local, but I’m sure he’ll take it with a sense of humour.

This song got going Chelsea v Norwich the first game after he signed from Everton.

Viva Ross Barkley, Viva Ross Barkley
He left the Scouse cos they robbed his house, Viva Ross Barkley

Marcus Alonso Chelsea Song Video – Marcus Alonso Runs Down The Wing For Me

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It has taken a while but there is now a Marcus Alonso Chelsea song that captures the cult status that his goals and assists are generating.

We are not sure exactly when it was first heard during a game, but it has been around for at least the Christmas period.

The Arsenal game was the loudest I have heard it, because we were away from home where the atmosphere is always better and because he scored a crucial goal. It is now also common any time we have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

This video was taken just after Alonso scored against Arsenal at the Emirates to give us the lead. Unfortunately, a Hector Bellerin stunner denied us what would have been a hard-fought win.

Marcus Alonso Runs Down The Wing For Me (and scores)

Alonso has now scored more goals than any other defender in the Premier League since and has made the left wing-back position his own. He has scored 12 goals from all over the place and established himself as a free kick specialist.

Marcus Alonso Chant Lyrics

The Marcus Alonso chant is set to the Heartbeat theme tune (a defunct UK soap opera) and is a real favourite of mine.

The lyrics are simple and go like this

Marcus, Marcus Alonso runs down the wing for me

DA dA dA dA, dA dA dA dA dA

Marcus, Marcus Alonso runs down the wing for me

DA DA DA DA, DA DA DA DA DA

Marcus, Marcus Alonso runs down the wing for me

DA DA DA DA, DA DA DA DA DA

Repeat to fade

This is no the first attempt at a song for Marcus, but it is certainly the best. The ooooooooooooh Marcus Alonso one is not too bad, but its not got the energy or fun of the one in the video.

Chelsea Bakayoko Song – Never Gives The Ball Away

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Tiémoué Bakayoko has had a mixed start to his Chelsea career however, it has not stopped a Chelsea Bakayoko song being created and sung by the Blues

Given his recent mistakes this may be a bit of a bold statement, but let’s hope once he finds his feet in the Premier League the chant comes true!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3COQCs97Vs

Oi y Oi Tiemoue Bakayoko, Oi y Oi

Oi y Oi together with N’Golo

Oi y Oi he never gives the ball away

 

 

Roman Abramovich Documentary – Decade Of Success

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Despite the ups and downs, the Abramovich era has been the greatest in the clubs history so we thought we would share this Roman Abramovich documentary.

The documentary covers the first decade of his time at the club. We have come a long way since he got the keys to the Bridge.

It will serve as a perfect nostalgia creator for fans that have lived and breathed the successes and failures of the club in recent years. If you have had a tough day than this is the perfect remedy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u5HwkwcJao

What The Abramovich Documentary Covers

This short 25-minute documentary looks at the run-up to his arrival and the impact he had, particularly the arrival of Mourinho and the changes that his first managerial change had on the Blues.

It includes interviews with Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Joe Cole and others chronicling the run to our first title, the ghost goal and winning the Premier League.

It provides a really interesting summary of the key moments over the first thirteen years at Stamford Bridge.

Including

  • The ghost goal
  • The sacking of Mourinho
  • Moscow Champions League Final
  • Anders Frisk Barcelona Semi-Final
  • Arrival and departure of Scolari
  • Hiddink winning the FA Cup
  • AVB getting the sack and Roberto Di Matteo arriving
  • Coming back against Napoli
  • Beating Barcelona in the Semi-Final
  • Nearly winning the Champions League in Moscow
  • Unpopular spell of Rafael Benitez
  • Return of Jose Mourinho

It really is a highlight reel of a glorious period in the clubs history. It shows a Champions League, Europa League and Premier League success, not forgetting the FA Cup and League Cups along the way.

It stops short of the 2015 title and the sacking of Jose Mourinho, which is nice as it means that it does not destroy his legacy. Unlike his current time taking shots at the club as manager of Manchester United.

The first Abramovich decade was been incredible the next decade looks like it will match up.

 

Chance For 29 Year Old Chelsea Relegation Play-Off Vengeance Against Middlesbrough

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Tonight Blues fans have a chance to get revenge for a Chelsea Relegation play-off defeat by Middlesbrough 29 years ago.

A victory tonight will see Chelsea move within one win of the Premier League title. It will also seal the fate of Middlesbrough, who will be relegated back to the Championship after a valiant season in the Premier League.

This will be a reverse of the impact of defeat 29 years ago that gives Chelsea a unique record. Chelsea are the only team in the history of the English top flight to be relegated via a promotion/relegation play-off.

To Chelsea fans old enough to remember the 80’s tonight’s the ability to relegate Middlesbrough may be the opportunity to get vengeance for 29-year-old scars.

In truth, most Chelsea fans will get little pleasure from but there will certainly be some at Stamford Bridge that will think back to how much things have changed.

Since this relegation Chelsea have only looked up, whereas Middlesbrough has had their share of ups and downs. Since this game, Chelsea have defeated Middlesbrough in two domestic cup final. Lifting the FA Cup in 1997 and the League Cup in 1998.

 

So how did the Chelsea relegation play-off relegation come to pass?

Chelsea Relegation Play-Off Story

In the 1987/1988 season, Chelsea finished 18th, one place above the automatic relegation places. However, for the first and only time in the history of the English Football League there was a promotion/relegation play-off.

The 18th positioned team in the top division entered a four-team playoff process with the teams that finished 3rd-5th in the division below.

Chelsea overcame fifth-placed Blackburn in a semi-final to set up a Final against tonight’s opponents Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough had some household names of the 1990’s emerging in their team, including Gary Pallister, Colin Cooper and Tony Mowbray and completed a comeback fairytale having gone bankrupt just two years before.

The two-legged final was a bitterly fought scrap for survival with Chelsea losing in Middlesbrough 2-0 and only managing a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

As it was the 80’s a mass brawl broke out

 

Olympic Stadium Crowd trouble has been an issue at the Olympic Stadium ever since West Ham moved in

Sad That Olympic Stadium Crowd Trouble So Predictable

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Last night is the reason why football fans can’t have nice things, the Olympic Stadium crowd trouble was so predictable.

The taxpayers buy an expensive stadium and allow West Ham United to use it for pennies and how do the fans react. By fighting at every game and literally ripping seats from the ground.

Once again football fans and not the action on the pitch was what made the nightly news.

Some reading this may harp back to the 80’s and glorify this, but its not my thing. Whilst not a prawn sandwich eater, I like my football without the prospect of a chair or a fist to the face.

West Ham United and Olympic Stadium Trouble

The annoying thing about last night is that everyone knew what was going to happen but the club’s rent-a-steward army were still unable to keep things in check.

Chelsea fans, West Ham United fans the stadium security and the police all knew that the steps and segregation were inadequate.

Football is not the sanitised operation like hosting an Olympics, it needs experienced stewards that can build a rapport with home fans and stop situations escalating.

It is unacceptable that E20 the company that manage the Olympic Stadium have failed to get it together after three months of football at the stadium.

Olympic Stadium Crowd Trouble and West Ham United

West Ham United and the Olympic Stadium management company knew what to expect.

We know this because there has been crowd trouble on some scale at almost every game West Ham United have played.

Thankfully nobody in attendance was seriously hart by the coins, chairs and assorted missles being thrown. Undoubtedly there were Chelsea fans involved, however this is one crowd disturbance where the blame does not lie at our door.

The game did not sell out and Chelsea were denied a full allocation, there is no reason why West Ham United and the stadium could not have stopped it happening.

Moving to a new stadium is always tricky, moving groups of fans to different areas and then staffing your stewards with temps was never going to work out well.

Let’s hope they get their act together before our next trip in the league to the Olympic Stadium. Olympic Stadium crowd trouble is a preventable problem.

Tommorow Is About Matthew Harding Tribute Not Jose Mourinho

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Despite the hype for Chelsea fans tommorow is about remembering Matthew Harding tributes to him and not the return of Jose Mourinho.

Who Is Matthew Harding

Twenty years ago today a man that proved that Chelsea legends can be made off the pitch as well as on it died in a helicopter crash.

To the millions of Chelsea fans around the globe that started following the club after his death, the name Matthew Harding may only be known for the stand that bears his name.

A stand where his family still have season tickets and several family members have been invited to the Manchester United game as guests of the club to mark the anniversary of his death.

However, for those old enough to remember him, he will always be the iconic fan that used his fortune to help support his passion. He fought for his vision of what the club needed to succeed and had pitched battles with then chairman Ken Bates.

How Matthew Harding Changed Chelsea

He died on the way back from watching Chelsea lose in the League Cup to Bolton and the stand that he helped finance was named in his honour. Just months later Chelsea would go on to win the FA Cup for the first time in a quarter of a century.

His approach to football and the money he invested helped change the way that Chelsea Football Club operated and laid the foundations that led us to where we are today.

If there had been no Matthew Harding at Chelsea there would have been no FA Cup in 1997, no Champions League football and ultimately no Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea Mark The Anniversary

The club is using tickets for this afternoon’s fixture and the  matchday programme to show a visual tribute. The one-off retro cover takes its inspiration from the programme issued for the first match after Harding’s death, a 3-1 win over Spurs.

Fans will also be unveiling a banner in his honour.

 

Why A Chelsea Best XI Of All Time XI Is Pointless

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As a Chelsea football blog barely a week goes by where we are not asked by someone to name our “Chelsea Best XI of All Time”.

We have tried so many times to do this but just can’t, there are too many players to choose from and too many variables. Nearly 700 players have made a first team appearance for Chelsea since we were founded in 1905 and we don’t have nearly enough information.

The ability of players and their contribution to the team is subjective, given our standing in recent years it is nearly impossible to compare what Kerry Dixon did for the club to that of Didier Drogba.

They were different types of player playing in different eras for teams with different goals. Kerry Dixon wore his heart on his sleeve helping Chelsea as they bounced between what is now the Premier League and the Championship playing with a variable amount of talent.

Whereas Drogba played with 10 of the best players in the world at that time all aiming to win everything in sight.

Football loves nostalgia but is very much focused on the here and now, particularly where glory is involved. Ask fans to name their best Chelsea XI it will be shaped by a range of factors. Like when they grew up and recent success, rather than an objective look at the merits of all who have played in Blue (or for some horrific grey and orange).

Celebrating Players For Their Contribution

In our opinion fans should celebrate players from the club and the era they played in. Whether that be strikers like Osgood in the 70’s, Dixon in the 80’s, Vialli in the 90’s or Drogba in the new millennium. All of those mentioned are Chelsea legends who deserve recognition.

As are the players who played in the eras before television and money seeped into the game. Be it George “Gattling Gun” Hilsdon, or our Olympic medal winning Norweigan Nils Middleboe the first foreigner to play for Chelsea who was also a triple jump champion.

So the next time I see a greatest XI debate I am going to disengage and think about a Chelsea legend, even if I never got a chance to see them play.

Begging CFC Fans No John Terry Walkout on 26th Minute

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There has been some nonsense about a John Terry walkout during the 26th minute during the final game of the season against Leicester, in protest at John Terry getting a new contract.

Whilst words cannot express our disappointment that Terry will not get a chance for a proper send off on Sunday a John Terry walkout is not an appropriate way and totally misguided.

No John Terry Walkout

We understand the frustration but the end of the line of a legend is a time for celebration not squabbles. Terry has enjoyed a magnificent career at Stamford Bridge that should be celebrated and not mired in controversy.

Unfortunately, legends come to the end of the road eventually and unless a dramatic change of heart happens we have reached it with Terry.

We feel he still has at least a year in him if not more at the top level, the board have decided that the end of the road for Terry is now. We do not agree with this decision but we should make that clear via song and by celebrating him not by deflecting an overall disdain for the board into the end of an era.

There may never be another Chelsea player like John Terry, he has been the most successful captain in the club’s history by a country mile. With him leading the way we have been crowned champions, faced despair in Moscow and gained redemption in Munich.

He has led the way as we went from pretenders to one of the most feared clubs in Europe, just ask Barcelona how they feel when they think of facing us in Europe.

At times he has been controversial and maybe not walked the path the way that we would hope, but shining through have always been his passion for the club and a winning desire.

He has truly been a captain, leader, legend for Chelsea Football Club and no words will ever express how grateful we have been to call him our captain.

If we truly have reached the end of the road, let’s do it in celebration, let’s do it singing about doubles, European cups and glory, not by being first in the beer queue

John Terry Walkout

Even When Terrible Chelsea Beat Arsenal – Buzzing Day Of Football

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Football has been frustrating for Chelsea fans over the last few months, but however bad things have gotten one thing has reassuringly the same. Even when we are having a rubbish season, we still beat Arsenal. 

Victory today saw Chelsea complete a double over Arsenal, despite being set to having one of our worst seasons in more than 20 years.

There are few sweeter feelings than reminding Arsenal fans that London is Blue!  It has now been 9 games unbeaten against Arsenal, stretching all the way back to 2011!

All that matters though is that when the final whistle went the scoreboard indicated a Chelsea win.

A Tough Win & A Little Bit of Luck

In all seriousness, this was a tough game of football. It was not fun to watch and the last twenty minutes were agonisingly painful. Having been so frustrated by Chelsea this season we were convinced that Arsenal were going to score.

If we were neutral we would applaud the performance from Arsenal after going down to ten men, however all that matters was the result, with such poor form there is no time to reward decent performances.

This win saw some brilliant performances both up front and at the back. Going forward Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa impressed.

Costa won the free-kick that saw an Arsenal player sent off and scored. The sending off changed the game and the winning goal was priceless. An injury to Costa saw his participation in the game end prematurely; let’s hope it is nothing too serious.

A former Arsenal man was arguably man of the match, Fabregas pulled the strings and was unlucky not to have scored himself and have won a penalty.  The defence though may have something to say about that.

In the last 20 minutes Chelsea defended resolutely, although there were a few moments of pure panic the defensive unit restricted Arsenal to largely speculative efforts and were rarely penetrated.

I win is a win and we have done our bit to stop Arsenal winning the league, Leicester and Manchester City over to you.