About This Chelsea Fan

About This Chelsea fan

How it all started for me ...

My association with the Club started as a young lad back in 1970 when working in my parents' grocers shop, an army man offered to sell his ticket for the 1970 FA  Cup Final. After my father purchased the ticket, I went to see the Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. My older brother who supported Chelsea for a number of years was already going to the Final so he was the 'real' supporter in the family.

The game ended a 2-2 draw against Leeds United and this was the start of my Chelsea love affair. The team went on to win the replay 2-1 at Old Trafford, Manchester.

The following seasons I supported the Club at all home matches and some London away games. There were some highs and quite a few lows.

For two of the 70's seasons I was a young steward in the old West Stand - as seen in these old photos below ...

Due to hooligan problems which I couldn't handle, I quit and then my attendances at Stamford Bridge alas deteriorated.  I continued to follow The Blues by media coverage ( tv, radio, press & internet ), they have and always will be my Club.

For Season 2009/10 I joined the club's True Blue subscription which means I get the monthly club magazine and started to attend a few matches depending on cash. I have appeared in the mag ( see above ) & sent in some questions or answered publisher's requests.

FAVOURITE PLAYER: Peter Osgood ...  Ossie was King of the Bridge during my days. As far as I was concerned on his day Ossie walked on water.

FAVOURITE MOMENT: It wasn't a Cup Final but the Quarter-Final 2nd leg of European Cup Winners' Cup against RFC Bruges in 1971. Ossie came back from suspension to level the tie from 2-0 down. He scored, jumped over a barrier and looked up at the crowd and that was the night I connected with the club.
 We eventually won the tie 4-0 after extra-time.

Steve Hadlow - MMXVI