Behind Frank Lampard’s pretty reserved celebrations and touchline demeanour on Saturday afternoon under a drizzly Autumn day in West London, he would have been delighted to witness such an assertive performance from a Chelsea that have looked anything but in the opening weeks of the campaign. All of Chelsea’s games so far this season have … Continue reading Frank Lampard’s Blues Strikes the Perfect Balance in Impressive Home Win Over Crystal Palace
“The fans shouldn't be excited if we're going to play 10 balls across the back four, they shouldn't be. And that's not the team I want to manage. I'm a Chelsea man and everyone knows that, and I would be the first to say if the fans were flat. But today I'm never going to … Continue reading Lack of Attacking Expression in Lampard’s Chelsea as Worrying as Defensive Frailties Exposed
“The gaffer said that the first-half was simply not good enough to wear the Chelsea badge. We needed to fix up.” The words of match winner Ross Barkley summarised the dissatisfaction of Frank Lampard following Chelsea’s poor first half display which the 42-year-old Head Coach labelled “the worst” since taking over nearly 12 months ago … Continue reading Actions Speak Louder than Words: Frank Lampard’s Strong Statement to Young Players Sets High Standards
Chelsea fans were treated to a sight they had been long awaiting, Ruben Loftus-Cheek with the ball at his feet, shrugging off opponents and driving towards goal in a warmup game with Reading ahead of the Premier League restart at the weekend where Chelsea will resume their campaign away to Aston Villa. You have to … Continue reading The Long Road Back: Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s Return
Twelve months ago, following the conclusion of the 2018/19 season, Chelsea had just dispatched Arsenal in the Europa League final and had rejoined Europe's elite in the Champions League, after finishing third in the Premier League. If you would have told a Chelsea supporter that a year on club icon Frank Lampard would be overseeing … Continue reading Player Profile: Tammy Abraham
It seems poetic that two of Chelsea’s most monumental goals were similar in execution. A lone soul running through on goal, taking the ball round the keeper and sliding it into an empty net to spark scenes of wild celebration. It was just under a week ago Chelsea fans were reminiscing on Fernando Torres’s long … Continue reading 15 Years Later: The Day Chelsea Won Their First League Title in 50 Years – with Stories from the Fans Who Lived It.
This piece originally appeared in the cfcuk Fanzine issue 210 in November 2019. I take you back reader, to the night of the 26th August 2003. Not an infamous date forged in the memory for the majority of Blues – but for a young, wide-eyed five-year-old grasping onto his dad’s hand tightly, this would be … Continue reading A-Z: F is for Frank Lampard!
The Summer of 2015 may seem like many moons ago now, not only in our fast-moving world but also in the increasingly large number of chapters written in the recent history of Chelsea. With more twists than the conclusion of an M. Night Shyamalan thriller, supporter’s reality and comprehension following the predictably unpredictable Blues is … Continue reading Gracias Pedro: The Tricky Winger with an Endearing Smile
Chelsea's season has been one defined by unpredictability. If the last four games have demonstrated anything, it is how erratic Frank Lampard's Blues can (and have) been over the last seven months. Tuesday night's victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup proved this theory further, as days removed from a frantic afternoon on the South … Continue reading Lampard’s Pressing Chelsea Return as Gilmour Lights Up The Bridge.
In the pomp and circumstance of the Champions League anthem and pre-match rituals, the Matthew Harding Stand unveiled a mosaic in honour of the triumph of 2012 at the Allianz. It was a beauty to behold. Wonderfully colour-coordinated with the blue-silhouetted trophy for the visiting supporters to see. A true credit to those involved with … Continue reading A Club Wrangling with its Own Identity: The Post-Mortem of Chelsea’s Humbling Defeat to Bayern Munich