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Bluesletter April 2013

Bluesletter April 2013

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Spring Issue: April 2013
NOTES FROM THE CHAIRWOMAN
Beth Wild
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Hello everyone!!!
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The season is nearing the end. Maybe itwon’t be one for the record books, butas always, it has had its twists and turns,moments of despair and glory. As theseason winds down, here is your first of many reminders that it also means thestart of next season!!! We should havemembership up before the end of thisseason and we want to start to remindyou of all the things that are CHELSEA INAMERICA.
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THE BIG NEWS . . .
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What are you doing on the last weekendin July?
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We are planning our first-everfull club meet up! Unlike summer tourswith the first team, this is all about you,the club and Chelsea. We are feverishlyworking on details, but here is what wedo know.LAS VEGAS THE WEEKEND OF THE26TH
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OF JULY!Plan to arrive on Friday, as events willbe Saturday and Sunday. We are workingon hotel deals, and it will be a family-friendly hotel because we want familiesto come!Here are some of the plans:Tournaments: we will be hosting asupporters club tournament, and if weget enough kids (16 and under) we wouldlike to start the tournament with youthv youth matchExhibition cup match: we’ll have anexhibition cup match with two teamsheaded by a past Chelsea player.Star on a Stool: of course we will haveour star on a stool event that Saturdaynight.So where will you be when we aretearing up Vegas? We will have a hoteldeal, and some chapters are alreadydiscussing charter flights/buses andother ways of making it the mostaffordable for all. We are inviting allChelsea supporters, so be on the look-out for our sister clubs from New York,and other parts of the country to bejoining us, as well as friends from theUK. You really don’t want to miss this, aswe turn VEGAS BLUE BABY!!!!!
WE NEED YOU
As we all know, CIA is whatever youmake it. You can get as much or as littleas you want from it. And the benefitsand things we offer are also directlyrelated to each member’s involvement.We are a Blue volunteer army, andmembers and chapter heads make thisall work. So let me take this note andremind of you what is available and howyou can get more involved.
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Social Media:Facebook – CIA and most chapters have aFacebook presence. If you likeFacebook, get involved, post and reply.If you want to take it a step further askyour chapter heads if they need helprunning and monitoring the Facebookpage.Twitter – Again, CIA and most chaptershave a Twitter presence, if that is yourpreferred social media, get involved,follow, tweet and retweet. If you wantto take it a step farther ask your chapterheads if they need help.Bulletin Board – When was the last timeyou looked through the bulletin board?When was the last time you posted? Oneof our preferred methods of discussionacross the country, the board offersconversations that can be continuedover days, weeks and even months.Podcast – Are we on your podcastdownload list? Throughout the yearmembers get together weekly to discussthe matches, the game, rumors, sillinessand just banter back and forth. It is avirtual pub to discuss Chelsea.
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Other stuff:Newsletter – Yes this very newsletter! If you would like to add an article, photos,or just help out, contact the newsletterstaff and let them know that you wouldlike to help. Want to add an article,photos, quizzes or anything that you feelwould add to the content of thenewsletter, get involved!!! If you have abit of skill in layout or graphics, againthat is a huge help. If you would like tosee the newsletter monthly, well we cando that, if we have the staff to do it, soget involved.Website - Have you noticed that thewebsite got a beautiful new “face lift”.Looks fantastic doesn’t it? So do youhave ideas, do you have the skill set tohelp with this sort of thing . . . let usknow!!!! We all need you!! And on thewebsite have you seen all the newcontent??
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Blogs – We have added a host of fantastic bloggers! If you haven’tchecked it out, get out there. And if youfancy yourself as a blogger, well all youhave to do is ask and we will set you upwith a space of your own!
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CIA Megastore – Have you been there?There is great merchandise there foreveryone, but we need help!!! We needgraphic help. Have you noticed that the
- Notes from the Chairwoman- Bluegrass Blues Pub MatchReport- Cleats for Bare Feet- Regional Club Updates- Wall of Fame: Stamford Bridge- Demba Ba & Frank LampardPro
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les- Supporters' SummerTournament- FA Cup Match Report
 
bluesletter team
A huge thanks to everyone whohelps make the Bluesletterpossible!Co-editor: Lauri BerkenkampCo-editor: Noah KahanLayout: Jamie EdwardsGraphics: Raciel DiazChairwoman: Beth Wild
 
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free downloads are not updated as wewould like to see? Well that tells you weare struggling to find the time to createthem. So do you have graphic skills thatyou want to put to work? We would loveto have new downloadable images eachmonth, but we need volunteers. Or howabout a new scarf design or a new t-shirtdesign? It is all based on the work of volunteers.
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Chapters – ALL CHAPTERS NEED HELP.They need you to participate to makethe chapter better. So get involved. Askyour chapter head how you can help.Maybe you can write the article for thenewsletter, collect photos, help withemailing chapter members, facebook,twitter, a web page, or designing a t-shirt or flag for your chapter. The funstarts when you get involved.
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And I am sure there are so many otherthings that we could be doing. But letsface it, with 1700 members and maybeonly about 40-50 volunteering their timeto run all of CIA it is a big job. We allhave jobs, family and life. We all wantto actually follow the team, watch thematches, meet up with our friends andall of that. So the idea is that if everyone does a little, we all benefitand no one is spending hours and hourseach day. Not only that I am sure thatmost volunteers will tell you that themore you give the more you get. Sothink about it.
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Lastly, I want to remind you all of somethings that are happening before thestart of the next season.
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1) Become a Chelsea affiliate member.Go to
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http://theblues.chelseafc.com/affiliatedmember
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and fill in the form. If you did this last year, or two years agothe cool thing is that unlike True Bluemembership, once you do it, don’t needto do it again. IT DOES MATTER!!!! And ithelps us a lot. If you have or are unsure,ask your chapter head to verify if youhave or not. Chelsea will not let us knowof all our members that affiliate. Wehave to give them the list to verify. So if you filled out the form and forgot to tellus, just send an emailtomemberprofile@chelseainamerica.com
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and we will add you to our list.2)
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Become a True Blue member.Remember if you renew or become aTrue Blue member before the first of August you will get those precious 5loyalty points that will allow you accessto even the “big” matches.3)
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Group Trip to Stamford BridgeBe on the lookout for a large group of usheading to Stamford Bridge for the lastmatch of the season. It will be ourannual trip and it looks like the biggestever. I am sure there will be lots of tweeting and facebook posts around thematch from those that are there. So beon the lookout for us.4)
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Reserve/Youth Team TourWe are hearing rumors that the reserveand/or youth team could be making anappearance in America over thesummer! If this is true we will be sure toget the information out on all socialmedia and to the local chapters in thearea. So keep your fingers crossed as Iam sure we would all love to see ouryoung lads and support them in their“summer tour”.
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Until I see you the last weekend of July,or maybe in a pub, in chat on twitter orthe board, hear from you on the podcastor see you in London,
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Keep that Blue Flag flying high . . . cuzwe are the CHELSEA AND WE ARE THEBEST
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WIN OR LOSE UP THE BLUES
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Beth
KNOW YOURCHELSEA
- Chelsea's first goalkeeper Willie"Fattie" Foulke had a 100% record of saving penalties, stopping ten shotsfrom the spot in the 1905/06 season.- On Boxing Day 1999 Chelseabecame the first English club to fielda starting lineup of all overseasplayers. The countries representedwere the Netherlands, Romania,Nigeria, France, Uruguay, Italy,Spain, Norway, and Brazil.- In our 2009/10 double-winningseason, Didier Drogba and FrankLampard became the first twoChelsea players to hit 20-plus goalsin the same season, with 29 and 20goals respectively.
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- Chelsea's stadium, StamfordBridge, is named after the smallbridge on Fulham Road just outsidethe main entrance looking east.the game was the entrance of EdenHazard. The young Belgian startedadding some creativity that neitherMoses, Mata or Oscar were reallyproviding. Hazard’s efforts wererewarded on yet another assist fromJuan Mata with a beautiful curler aroundDavid De Gea in a shot where he didn’tstand a chance. The tempo of the gamecompletely changed as Chelsea believedthat they could get back into this. Theystarted creating many more chances andfinally pressuring United and puttingthem on the back foot. In the 67 minuteRamires reminded me again of his valuein our team, with another feat on theright side (much like last year’s semifinalagainst Barcelona) with a shot into thelow left corner of the goal, taking abounce over De Gea’s hands,completingthe comeback and putting us level withUnited at Old Trafford. This was theChelsea I had been waiting to see allyear. The Chelsea with the potential toturn a game around with a substitutionand some creativity. Chelsea almostfinished United off with some technicalmagic from Juan Mata but De Gea’s rightleg saved the day for United and finishedthe game at 2-2 with the replay to comeat Stamford Bridge.
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BLUEGRASS BLUES: CHELSEA VS ARSENAL PUB REPORT
by Josh Hampton
When Chelsea met the Gunners at theEmirates last September, little could wehave known we were witnessing the lastglory days of an era. We were the firstLondon club to lift the ChampionsLeague trophy. We’d started the seasonin style, dropping only two points in ourprevious six league matches. We’dbeaten Wolves in a 6-nil Carling Cup routthe Tuesday before. And in North Londonthat September day we would continueour run with goals from Mata and Torres(yes, Torres!) to send the Gunnerspacking in our first win against themsince October 2010.
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With the venerable Robert Di Matteo asmanager we looked unstoppable. Sure,we’d lost the Community Shield andSuper Cup matches, but who really caresabout those silly little things anyway,right? We were the Champions of Europe, sitting atop the Premier Leaguetable. We were playing beautiful, free-flowing football. We were every Bluessupporter's dream come true.
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Ah, but those were different days.
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I needn’t go into detail about theheartbreaking weeks that followed.Drudging up those feelings of frustration, anger and agony aren’t goodfor the health, I’m told. So flash forwardto Sunday, January 20. Benitez is interimmanager. (Talk about frustration, angerand agony.) Our Champions League runfor the season is done. We’re lucky to befighting for a spot in the top three.We’re playing well, but our home form isinconsistent; we've drawn or lost our lastthree matches at the Bridge—one of which was a nil-1 shock from bottom-dwellers QPR.
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Needless to say, playing Arsenal broughtits share of nervousness and anxiety. I’dhardly slept the night before. Kick-off could not come soon enough.
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The Road to CovingtonOn match day morning the alarm buzzedat 6am. It was two and half hours untilkick off, but there was much to be done.The Bluegrass Blues’ usual home pub isMolly Mallone’s in the Highlands of Louisville. But today we were traveling.Covington, Kentucky (just outside of Cincinnati) was our destination. TheOhio Chelsea Supporters Union hadreached out to us for a game watch andBluegrass Blues from all over the statewere going to make the journey. Call itour chapter’s first official road trip.
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At 6:45, I picked up Mike (BluegrassBlues Co-Chair) and “the other Josh”, along-time Chelsea fan and friend. Danfrom the Chicago Blues, who happenedto be in town on business, arrived a fewminutes later.
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“What’s the pub called in Covington?”Josh asked from the backseat.
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“As fate would have it,” I said, “MollyMallone’s.”
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And we were off. There was hardly amoment of silence in the hour andfifteen minute car-ride that followed.We had the same conversations I guessedChelsea supporters all over the worldwere having. How happy we were at thepurchase of Ba. How Bayern Munich’ssigning of Pep may unfortunately mean alonger stay for Benitez. We talked of Ashley’s new contract and the lack of any word on Super Frank’s. And then theteam sheets were released.
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“Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Dave,Lampard, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Mata,and Torres,” Mike read off.
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“Torres?!” the two Josh’s screamed,hoping to God we’d misheard.
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“Torres,” Mike repeated.The level of nervousness tripled. If Arsenal got the win today, we’d foreverbe branded by the Ohio supporters asthose damned bringers of bad luck fromKentucky. Stupid Benitez.
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Let the Game BeginWe arrived at Molly’s right on time. Hugsand handshakes for our friends in theOhio club. Bigger hugs and handshakesfor the fellow Bluegrass Blues as theytrickled in.
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“Torres is starting?!” someone screamedin agony as they flashed the team sheeton the screen. Poor lad. I knew his pain.
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Beers were ordered. We took our placesat the bar. A few rounds of “Carefree”frightened the meager crowd of Gunnersin attendance. And then, at long last,the match began.
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In the opening minutes, the Gunnerscould easily have gone ahead. Walcottplayed Giroud through, only to see theFrenchman strike it well wide of thepost. I silently thanked Wenger forensuring it was not Van Persie on the endof that pass.
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But then came the spark we were hopingfor. The next 45 minutes were Chelsea’salone.
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Mata opened up the scoring in the 6’with a brilliant goal from an equallybrilliant Azpilicueta pass. At 16’,Ramires was tripped up by the Arsenalkeeper in the box to win a penalty—which Super Frank put away for his195th Chelsea goal.
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“Suuuuuuper, Super Frank!”It was a dazzling half of football. Weeasily could have gone into the dressingroom at half-time with more than a 2-0lead. We controlled possession. Chelseaworked hard and passed fluently. BothHazard and Ramires had shots-on-targetsaved. The only groan I recall from thecrowd was after a terrible (but all toofamiliar) Torres shot near stoppagetime.
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This was the Chelsea of old and holy hellwere we glad to see ‘em.
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A Tale of Two HalvesYou know that scene in every sportsmovie ever made? The one where thecoach gives the inspiring speech to histeam at half-time, convincing them thatthey can overcome the odds and go onto victory? I’m absolutely convinced thatBenitez must be a master of giving theexact opposite of that speech.All the worry in our hearts the lads haddone so well to extinguish in thatcracking first half would soon return.Once the second half began it didn’ttake long to see we were no longer in
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