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DEEP FROM THE HEART
Notes from the Chairwoman
Hi guys, ! WHAT A MONTH! But ﬁrst things ﬁrst. As many of you know one of our own, Dean Kelley, “Eidur” on the message board, has been in a horrible accident, and is still in ICU in Seattle. We have sent out an email and posted on the board the details, and we have set up a donation to help him out. We have had an overwhelming response to the call, and thank you to all that have given so generously! But if somehow it has escaped your notice, or if you haven’t had a chance yet, here is the link to donate: http:// www.chelseainamerica.com/ ShoppingCarts/DeanKelly.htm and THANK YOU! If you would like to keep up on Dean’s progress, Jens has been keeping us all informed as news breaks, and you can check that out on the bulletin board - just go to the general chat, then Chelsea Football Club and look for the thread “One of our own is really in trouble!!!”. You don’t have to register to read it, and news will break there ﬁrst. Please, if you could take a moment and send a good thought, a prayer, or whatever method of help you can, it is needed. ! And so that brings me to my thoughts on what this club means. Yes, it is about following the team through thick and thin, but it is more about the friendship, camaraderie and care that is a benchmark of who we are. The kindness, loyalty and generosity of all of you is a hallmark of CIA and Chelsea. We are more than just a team of 11 players, we are a family and when one of our own is in trouble, the cavalry truly is on the way. People might say we are crazy, a little too passionate or something like that, but in the end what I love the most about this group is the people that make it up. What ﬁne people they are, always ready to lend a hand, always there to help and always giving. You do yourselves, our club and Chelsea proud, and I am proud beyond words to be a"liated with such an incredible group of people. Just this month alone, our members have stepped up and supported Dean, we helped Steven Rea raise well over $1000 for a children’s cancer charity (and helped him beat a Spud!) and continued to support Monique as she walks for Breast Cancer research!! That is a lot of giving, and thank you all! ! But now on to other things... ! It has been a roller coaster this past few weeks, bad times and amazing, and I don’t think I have to remind any of you of the pain or the joy. We have a big match this Saturday, and I know all of you are as anxious and nervous as I am; we must win. So hold onto your hats, get down to your local, gather the troops and let's get this thing done! ! We have also been having a great time in North Dallas supporting our U19 team in the Dallas Cup! What a privilege it is to not only watch these young lads in action but to get to meet them and talk to them. They are an incredible group of young men and do our club proud. They are wonderful ambassadors for the game and for our club, and it is truly a thrill to talk to them and get to know them a bit. We are in the middle of the tournament now, so I will save a full report on it until the end. But we are having a great time, and there are many, many stories to tell. I know it isn’t the ﬁrst team, but honestly, if you can ever make it to this event, it is well worth the time and the e#ort! It is an experience you will never forget. And as long as they all go back home safe and injury free, that will be
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Chelsea's Perfect 10 Review Deep from the Heart First Trip to the Bridge Tales from the FA Cup Final 1970 5 Questions For...
Chelsea's Perfect 10 by Neil Barnett
Review by Jeremy Willard
I would like to start this review by stating this: Everyone’s favorite spy in the camp is a liar.! Oh don’t worry, he admits he is – it’s one of the ﬁrst things he writes in the book.! You see, to say this book is Chelsea’s Perfect 10 is incorrect; it’s actually Chelsea’s perfect 8, two halves, and one for the future.! Actually, now that we’re in 2010 its Chelsea’s Perfect 9 and two halves, as Neil states that by the time 2010 is here the one for the future will be part of the Perfect 10 (err, Perfect 9 and two halves I mean). So where do the two halves come from?! Well, Neil explains in the book that goalkeepers are only half players anyway, and he had two goalkeepers to include in his perfect 10 –!but who
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great, no matter the result - after all they have an FA Youth Cup to win! ! And speaking of the FA Youth Cup, it is nearly time for the Spring Trip. Not a huge number going this year, but those that will be there will be all together and in the Shed End for the Stoke match, so keep an eye out for us! We have a few things planned, like a dinner and meetup, a tour of the Bridge and some other events that are happening that match, like a legends match, the FA Youth Cup ﬁnal and a Star on a Stool. It is really turning out to be a great trip! This more than any other year we have had more members go to more matches than ever before. That is amazing, and there have been more “ﬁrst timers” than ever before, which is great. Remember that going to the Bridge can happen for you a little dosh, a CIA membership and a True Blue membership will assure you tickets! ! And so as the season ends, that means we are getting ready for next season. CIA and Chelsea membership will start up soon, so get ready! We will be starting membership as soon as this season ends, and we will be sending email and board messages (and Facebook too) to let everyone know how to sign up. We don’t feel any need to raise the membership dues, so it looks like $8 will get you your individual membership. We have used that money wisely; we got shirts for all the U19 boys as a memento of their trip to the US, we are nearly done with the DVD and will have that out to everyone soon, and we made a donation to Dean. We have printed new pass-out cards (so if you need them, let me know) and have a committee making handmade cards for all the boys for their birthdays and such. We are looking into some software upgrades to make the membership and operations of the club easier and upgrading the board. We have been working ever closer with the U.S. Megastore to bring more and better merchandise here to the U.S. And speaking of the DVD, I am so excited about that. I know it has taken longer than I thought, but I know the end result will be worth it. Bill, our video editor, has spent so much time taking 28 hours of footage down to a normal size DVD. It has been a HUGE task, and I know you will all love the results. It might not be Oscar material, but it will be so much fun reliving the fun we had last summer! ! I also want to thank Jeremy for all his e#orts on the weekly podcast! If you don’t listen, you should, and if you don’t participate, you should! Danny has started a new series of Legend podcasts as well, so check that on the website as we upload them. Mo has been our tireless and intrepid Twitter girl, keeping us all up-to-date on contests and info from Chelsea, but you don’t know unless you sign up. Just follow CFCinAmerica for all the news updates. And of course there is Raciel, who puts up with me constantly wanting to get this or that made; her skills and talents will be on view when you see the DVD! Jamie has done a remarkable job on the newsletter and has actually been able to keep me tied down to do these articles along with a few of you! Julie is heading up the card committee, and I wish you could see the wonderful cards they are making the boys! We also have a number of people posting on Facebook. I can’t even begin to remember all the Facebook pages that are out there and who is doing what, so thank you all! And then there is your board - Andy, Chris, Paul, Bill - who put in so many hours to sort out a million and one things to make everything happen like membership, tickets and all of that - we all owe them a lot! And there is still more to come. No matter the results this season, we have had a great season at CIA, things have happened, we have grown and we have become stronger and closer all because of you. ! CAREFREE! ! Beth
A big thanks to everyone who helps make the CIA Bluesletter possible! Editor: Jamie Edwards Chairwoman: Beth Wild Logo and Graphics: Raciel Diaz Dates to Remember: Tel Stevens Proofreaders: Dorothy Cooper and Sarah Drake CIA Crest done in collaboration with Who Are Ya Designs www.whoareyadesigns.com Want to contribute or make a suggestion? Send Jamie an email at newsletter@ chelseainamerica.com!
Our very own Gill of the Kent Blues took this photo of the big screen at Stamford Bridge when this flashed across during the 7-1 thrashing of Aston Villa - Super Frank, continuing to rewrite the Chelsea history books!
FIRST TRIP TO THE BRIDGE: WILL IT EVER BE MATCHED?
Story and photos by Danielle Shank
To summarize my trip into a write-up for the newsletter would not be justiﬁed; however, I will give it an honest try. Of the ten days I was in London, nine of them were spent around Stamford Bridge. The ﬁrst day there I headed for Fulham Broadway on the tube from Earl’s Court. With a short walk out of the station, a left turn and a city block, I found myself standing at the Bridge. What a feeling, to stand outside the stadium for the ﬁrst time. Truthfully, I never imagined the feeling I would get. Chills ran up my arms, and a strange feeling of “I made it” came over me. I did a lap around the outside, trying to take in everything. It’s strange being on the grounds as a Chelsea fan. I felt as though you walk with a little more pride and belongingness while at the Bridge. It was a good feeling being around others who could relate to what I felt. After a quick walk around, I headed for King’s Road. I recommend walking and shopping, there is a lot to do. After spending the afternoon on King’s Road, I headed back to Earl’s Court to change and get ready for Star on a Stool. Carlo and Ray would be answering questions and chatting with the fans. The atmosphere was light, and there were good amounts of laughter between manager and assistant manager. They really seem to have a good relationship. After a great dinner and drinks it was back to the youth hostel for the night. Staying at the hostel really saved money and it was nice. It had a bed to sleep in, place to keep my stu#, and a shower; everything I was looking for in a place to stay, since I wasn’t planning on spending much time in the room. Friday before the West Ham game I took a tour of the Bridge - what a stadium. The press conference room, the locker room, running out the tunnel to the some things, and they obliged. I couldn’t believe it; I was standing inches away from John Terry and Mikel. As the rest of the team trickled in, we called for them to come over. Most of them just headed straight in, but Joe Cole did come over to do autographs; he’s so shy. One of the last ones to come through was Frank Lampard. He was a class act and came over to sign some things. I handed him my Lampard jersey for him to sign. At this point I was on cloud nine and a little dumbfounded. After he walked away, I remembered I had had my camera on my shoulder the whole time. I took not one picture the whole time all this was going on. Once all the players walked through, Carlo headed in and also came over for signatures. After all was said and done with the players, I rejoined my new friends upstairs. Chris was ready to take Tim and I over to the Goose, I told him I needed to sit a minute and gather myself. This was by far the highlight of my trip. Once at the Goose, I met Gill and Graeme, along with Lord Parky and other fellow Chelsea supporters. Two pints knocked back, and it was time to head back to the Bridge. My seats were 6th row of the Lower Shed in the west corner. What a view of the game! After crushing West Ham with a solid 4-1 victory, I met back up with Chris. The group went for pints and Italian. We ate good food, sang songs and made memories. This was by far the high point of my trip. I still had a Wembley Stadium tour scheduled and the Champions League game to attend. Wembley was good to see, even though it was trek to get there. I’m happy to say I went. With Monday
pitch, seeing the dug out, and sitting in the stands, all was a necessary experience for ﬁrst-time Chelsea goers. At the end of the tour, spending time in the museum is a good idea as well. The amount of history that comes with this club is fascinating to brush up on. Later that evening I met up with some of the Austin Blues (Jens, Scott, Lalo) for dinner. Neil Barnett joined us, which was a treat beyond anything I could express. What a trip so far and it hadn't even been game day yet. Saturday ﬁnally arrived. It was game day, and I was over-the-top excited. I was set to meet up with Chris at 11 for pregame rituals that included the possibility of meeting Ron Harris. Chris took me up to the hotel for a drink and a hello. There I was introduced to Mick, who does all the autographed photos of players. What a great man. Friendly, funny, and knowledgeable, he was a joy to spend some time with. While being introduced to a handful of people, including a picture and autograph from Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti, I was told to tag along with Mick’s friend Paul. Paul showed me where to wait for the players to walk by as they headed into the stadium to prepare for the game. Standing there wide-eyed, I waited. First to walk through were John Terry and Mikel. We asked if they might come over and sign
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TALES FROM AN FA CUP FINAL 1970
Phil Watson shares his tales from the FA Cup Finals in 1970. He has lived in Iowa since 1972.
I was lucky enough to be at both the FA Cup Final at Wembley and the FA Cup Final Replay at Old Tra#ord against Leeds in 1970. ! I attended all the games in the Cup run, except the away game at Burnley.!At Wembley, my favourite memory is of Hutch’s goal.! Even though we were behind, we still believed we could score.! From the terrace behind the goal I watched Chopper slip the ball to Hollins.!As the ball came in and Hutch headed it goalwards, it seemed to take forever to hit the net.!I’ve always remembered him heading it from the edge of the penalty area, until I bought a video of the game.! There he is heading it from the edge of the GOAL area, and the ball is past Sprake in an instant! ! I went to work on the Monday and my boss said, “I supposed you want Wednesday week o#, then?”! It was either that or quit. ! We arrived in Manchester about midday and all afternoon were greeted by the locals hoping that we’d win.! Nobody liked Dirty Leeds. ! I watched the match on the Stretford End Gira#e is too tired to jump, Harvey misses it, two Blues on the back post,! the arms go up, it’s in!! Pandemonium! The Cup is ours! ! The latest highlight was being selected by Neil Barnett at the fans gathering in Seattle last summer as having attended the games and being asked to choose between Ossie and Drogba for the all-time Chelsea favourite.! At the time, there was no question that it’s Ossie, especially as Didier ended last season on a bad note.! Os will always be The King of Stamford Bridge, but it remains to be seen what legacy Didier will leave when his Chelsea career is over.
until Ossie scored and everything went black as I was swamped by the masses. ! Jones had done the dirty on Bonetti and then scored on a shot that the Cat would’ve saved without the injury. ! The Chant: Normally, we’d chant “Chelsea, Chelsea” a few times and then go on to something else.! As the match was deep into injury time the chant went up and went on and on and on and on – pushing the team and the ball away from the Stretford End towards the Leeds goal. A long throw from Hutch.! “Cheeeel-sea, Cheeeel-sea, Cheeeel-sea”, (tears in my eyes writing this!), in it comes, The
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over, it was time for the Champions League. Tuesday morning I gave Mick a call to meet up with him for pre-game activities. Today I was going to remember my camera and get some pictures. We went to watch the players walk to the coach out of their hotel. I was able to get a picture with Joe Cole and Ray Wilkins. As the players walked out, there was a strange air about them. As a player, it wasn’t a good feeling. They seemed nervous and tense. Looking back on the game, I’m now not surprised at the performance, even though there were tough breaks from
the refs. It was a tough game to watch knowing how the team felt after the game. I felt sorry for them and their performance. With the Champions League the end of the Chelsea portion of my trip, I felt it was bittersweet. I can’t complain about anything that happened on my trip since it far exceeded my expectations of activities I partook in. I have a feeling I will forever be trying to match this trip. I suppose though there is no harm in trying. Trips back to Stamford Bridge are deﬁnitely in the forecast. Thanks to everyone who made this trip truly a trip of a lifetime.
5 QUESTIONS FOR....
OC Hooligan Andy Wray
How did you become Chelsea, and when? Like most Americans, growing up we used to be happy to just see any soccer match from any league on here in the U.S.- seems we mainly got international matches. I had always struggled to ﬁnd a!club to support (most I know are United or Arsenal and have always marched to a di#erent beat-!they weren't for me). I had heard of Chelsea many times, saw Zola and!JFH passively!on!soccer highlight show - the internet had played a big part in keeping up with EPL news and players. One evening I was watching a youth match that happened to be England and saw Lamps play for the ﬁrst time (might have been U-21 or so... just about the time he was graduating to the men's squad and transferring to Chelsea) and liked his style of play.! About!then I!started following Chelsea from!the couch, ﬁghting with!3!United supporters, but never knew about the concept of a supporter's club.!I was able!to see some of our boys play live in Lisbon when England played Portugal at EURO '04. I would religiously watch our CL matches, becoming a more passionate CFC supporter, saw us win both EPL titles and met our own Andy B at a taping of FoxFootballFriday Pub (remember that show?). He got me dialed back in with the then-forming CIA group. I felt very fortunate to be Chelsea and have!the club here in Los Angeles training in 2006, saw both summer matches!in 2007 and 2009, formed our own local group The OC Hooligans, and of course met Beth and the family here at CIA and abroad... Blue is deﬁnitely the Colour. Who is your favorite ﬁrst team player? My favorite ﬁrst team player is Frank Lampard, hands down! I was like a kid in a candy store when I ﬁrst got to meet him in the UCLA locker room in 2006 for training. He was the reason I'd become Chelsea. Lately, experts have claimed he is a genius... He has got it all- a good head on his shoulders, incredible vision, huge amount of talent, a great work ethic, as well as the desire to make each of his teammates a better player.
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would really have 2 out of the best 10 players to ever play for Chelsea be goalkeepers?! The solution –!two goalkeepers (half a player each) to make one part of the perfect 10 (or is it to make the two halves of Chelsea’s perfect…nevermind). Now that we have that explanation out of the way, I can actually discuss what the book is about.! Neil explains in detail who are his perfect 10 players (or perfect 9 and… I give up at this point) and why.! He dedicates a chapter to each one, which includes a detailed history of the player, statistics, personal stories and interviews with the player.! In some instances, he explains the origins of things such as nicknames and songs dedicated to a player.! These explanations are all very detailed and true to Neil’s style of wit and humor.! Many of his stories are quite enjoyable and almost always a good history lesson regarding our club. He also discusses who didn’t make his perfect 10 (not even bothering with it this time) and why.! There were many players he had to leave out, and he explains why many of our legends and recent players were left out.! My favorite explanation was for his exclusion of everyone’s favorite William Gallas.! Although Neil is of the opinion that our favorite Bill was the best defensive partner JT has ever had and felt he was one of our best players, Neil also wanted to do something else: actually be able to sell the book.! Obviously, no Chelsea fan in a stable state of mind would buy a book that included William Gallas in a top 10 list of Chelsea players. !!!!!! Chelsea’s Perfect 10 is a great read, and a great place to start if you are new to Chelsea and are looking to learn about our history and legends.! It's not extremely long and overwhelming, but full of history, stories and legends.! Chelsea’s Perfect 10 is available in paperback edition at most online book retailers and is absolutely a recommended buy for any Chelsea fan.
Recently spoke to a 40+-year Chelsea supporter down at the Olde Ship and said SuppaFrank is the best player to ever play for the club, and I couldn't agree more! Have you ever been to Stamford Bridge, do you have a favorite memory? Over the past 15 years, I've been to World Cups, EUROs and International friendlies, but there is nothing like the electricity of banners waving, songs singing on a warm Champions League night at Stamford Bridge!!To be honest, some of the!best memories are the preand post-match beers chatting with fellow Chelsea, bar hopping along Fulham Rd and the blue friends made along the way - many got a glimpse of this during the US tours. What is your most cherished piece of Chelsea “stu!”? My most valued piece of Chelsea memorabilia is a toss up: I have obtained signed jerseys, clothing and photos, but adore both my CPO (Chelsea Pitch Owners) certiﬁcate signed by Frank Lampard and JT's gray Adidas training top that he went back in to give me in '06. What is your favorite Chelsea song? May be simple but "CareFree" is my favorite song. For me it is such a great way to start o# a Chelsea match. Not only does it remind me of good times at the Bridge and the history of the club, but it also lets other supporters know that “we're real supporters” from the opening whistle!
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