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DEEP FROM THE HEART
Notes from the Chairwoman
HAPPY START TO THE SEASON! Yes, it is ﬁnally here again - the start of a brand new season! Honestly, has this been the longest summer ever? I have missed our boys in Blue more than I can say and am counting down the days to August 8th and the Community Shield, and then just one little week later our ﬁrst league game! COME ON YOU BLUES! ! I hope many of you used this summer to take some time o", enjoy family and friends, catch up on that long list of “honey do’s” that can pile up in the season. The volunteer army of CIA has been working hard! We have so much in the works it really is frightening! ! Kelley, our Super Blue Geek, has been working non-stop giving a top-tobottom rebuild of the CIA website, including the membership page. Things are coming along, but he has some really cool stu" up his sleeve that he and the Tech Team are working on which will be unveiled as the season progresses. ! Raciel and the “membership gift committee” are really going to WOW you with the gift that will be appearing in your mailbox if you've signed up for a CIA membership. I know it is going to be a hit! ! And it is o#cial, we have an OFFICIAL CIA ICE CREAM - Blue Bunny Ice Cream! What a perfect name! One of our members, Mike, and his family actually own the company and approached us how could we say no? So the ﬁrst bonus you will see from this partnership is a fantastic coupon for a box of Blue Bunny Ice Cream in your membership packet a $4-$7 value! And he has agreed to give one for every member, so those of you that signed up for a family membership could be swimming in ice cream! I would also urge all of you to check out their website www.BlueBunny.com !and maybe leave a note of thanks, or check out the store closest to you. There is also a great interactive part of the website, bombpop, which is designed for kids. We will be working with Mike on other things through the season, but a huge THANK YOU to him, and I hope you are all just as excited as I am! ! Of course the other big initiative is to formalize more local groups across the country. I am sure many if not all of you that have renewed your membership have been in touch with the head of your chapter. These people all deserve our thanks for stepping up and taking their interest and commitment to CIA and Chelsea just one step further. So stay in touch, get involved, and I have a feeling these folks will be making things even better this season in their local areas. Many have started Facebook pages and so much more, so look for the messages from them and get stuck in! ! Just to acknowledge and recognize those chapters here is a list for everyone, from east to west (mostly): Boston Blues, Philly Blues, Charm City Blues (Baltimore), Beltway Blues (DC), Georgia Blues, Florida Blues, Southeast Blues, Gulf Coast Blues (Houston/New Orleans and the coast), North Texas Blues, Texas Blues, Motor City Blues (Detroit), Chicago Blues, Midwest Blues, Mountain West Blues, Inland Empire Blues (east of LA/ Orange County), San Diego Blues, OC Blues, South Bay Blues (LA area), Bay Area Blues (covering SF and Northern CA)! They are out there building and recruiting, so WELCOME ALL OF YOU! ! Speaking of renewing... have you renewed yet? All you have to do is go to www.chelseainamerica.com/mem to ﬁll out the form, follow the link to paypal
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Deep from the Heart USA World Cup Report Tel's Month in Question 5 Questions For... Farewells to Joe Cole, Juliano Belletti, Michael Ballack
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and take care of it. Do you really want to wait? Miss the gift? Miss your ice cream? Miss the fun? We are also asking all members to please help us reach out to them. As we have grown we have found that most email services will have their email blocked by folks like yahoo and hotmail. In order to reduce that problem we will be establishing a new function on the website that will allow you to pick up the latest news from CIA, your region or your local club, just by logging in to the bulletin board. You don’t have to read the board or post if you don’t like to do that, but by registering a board name (and please let us know by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org) and then checking every week or so, at some point in the future we will be able to deliver updates that way rather than miss half of you by sending email. So if you don’t have a board name, please get one, as it will be the way we deliver information in the near future. Once you have renewed we will be sending you a link to previous updates from this season that will give you that exclusive club or True Blue information you will need. Additionally, soon we will have a secure place on the web for membersonly information. ! And though it might be too late to secure your 5 loyalty points this season for renewing your True Blue membership, it is not too late to get a True Blue membership and enjoy a free year of CHELSEATV ONLINE! That’s right, unlike any other season before this year True Blue membership will not only get you access to tickets for matches, but it comes with a free ChelseaTV Online subscription. Just sign up for True Blue International for 30 pounds and access is granted! ! If you have any questions, you can check the board, or ask on the board. You can contact your local chapter head or you can email me beth.wild@chelseainamerica. Once again, WELCOME TO THE NEW SEASON, and best of luck to our Boys in Blue that a season awaits us full of excitement, passion, fun and an end that is glittering and full of silverware. ! CAREFREE ! Beth
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The next game against Ghana would be critical to continue that wave of support.! But it was not to be.! The match against Ghana turned out to be heartwrenching.! Once again, Bob Bradley had gone with Ricardo Clark in midﬁeld and Robbie “I can’t ﬁnish a sandwich”!Findley up front.! This proved costly as we had to use substitutions early on in the match after Kevin Prince-Boateng slammed home an early goal.! For the third time in four matches we had conceded early because we weren’t prepared.! Even after we had equalized on Donovan’s penalty, it seemed like Ghana were going to be the team going through, especially once it went into extra time.! As the match wore on, we were clearly exhausted but having wasted two substitutions ﬁxing Bradley’s mistakes we couldn’t do anything about it, and we had to watch as Ghana ran circles around us.! In the end, I couldn’t help but wonder “what if” on many levels; what if Bradley hadn’t messed up the selection? What if Findley knew how to ﬁnish his chances?! What if Jozy Altidore didn’t get lost in the moment?! What it we had Charlie Davies?! Despite the success of winning the group, it felt like a disappointment.! However, in hindsight, our performance was a good one.! Soccer had been relevant in the mainstream for a time, albeit a brief one.! The visibility and recognition of our players skyrocketed, and new levels of interest reached.! All in all, the World Cup campaign should probably be considered a success, so we take the positives and move on to the next chapter in US Soccer.! So until Brazil 2014, Come On You Yanks!
A big thanks to everyone who helps make the CIA Bluesletter possible! Editor: Jamie Edwards Chairwoman: Beth Wild Logo and Graphics: Raciel Diaz Proofreader: 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!
OH, WHEN THE YANKS! A USA World Cup Report
by Ben Horner
Of all the groups in the World Cup, ours was getting the most attention over here, and for good reason.! For the ﬁrst time since that famed win in 1950, England and we Colonists would be going head-to-head in the World Cup.! And, oh yeah, Algeria and Slovenia could come play if they wanted to, also. When I saw the draw, I was very excited.! I thought we had gotten a fair draw, despite England, so I liked our chances.! Looking at the team we were bringing, the group we were in, how we had done at the Confederations Cup and all the other factors, I thought this team had an opportunity to impress. The expectations were deﬁnitely high.! For me, and in talking to other supporters, the consensus was that anything short of advancing to the Round of 16 would be a failure.! It was time for the US to take the next step as a soccer nation, and this time around was their chance.! As we learned, the US quickly had bigger ﬁsh to fry than getting out of the group stage.! I was watching it with a friend and both of us were stunned when Captain Scouse scored so early on.! As was our M.O. during qualiﬁcation, we had given ourselves an uphill battle by being in a daze at the start of a match.! It was terrible play by Ricardo Clark, and Onyewu was slow to react to the danger.! I only hoped we would recover.! Fortunately, Robert Green had a bit of a howler which put us on level terms, restoring our hopes.! As both sides traded chances as the game progressed, it became hard to say who the better team was.! In the end, I thought a draw was the fairest result, as both teams had portions of the play, both had chances and both had to make fantastic defensive plays to cut out opportunities. With a point in hand, we moved on to Slovenia, and what I thought was a very winnable game. We sat in good position, tied for second in the group, still in control of our own fate. But once again, we were pegged back early.! I thought we actually started well in that match.! But we fell asleep at the back again, got caught on the counter-attack and really US needed a fast, aggressive start to the match with Algeria.! By kick-o" time on the morning of the 23rd, my nerves and excitement reached a simultaneous peak.! We started on the ascendency just as we had against Slovenia, giving an incredible e"ort.! Even as Algeria sat back to try and absorb the pressure, it felt like it was only a matter of time until we put one in the back of the net.! Instead we got a roller-coaster moment when Dempsey slammed home a good ball from Gomes, only to have it disallowed for apparent o"side.! After replays, it looked like once again, we had had a good goal stolen away from us.! Thoughts of conspiracy started running in my head.! However, as time wore on, I could not use that as an excuse, given the number of chances we wasted.! Altidore’s e"ort over the bar, Dempsey’s curler o" the post and subsequent o"-target rebound try, and Bradley’s thundering free-kick saved were all heart-wrenching misses.! I began to think we would not be able to grab a goal to save the game and our World Cup.! As time ticked away, my thoughts went lower and lower.! I even said, “This is it”, expecting Algeria to score as the cross Tim Howard collected was played in.! No sooner had I said that, the play was going back the other way, with Donovan spearheading the attack started from Howard’s brilliant throw.! As the ball was played into the box and then came to rest in the area, I was hoping with everything I had that someone was making a following run up the middle.! As Donovan came tearing into the area, my heart skipped; then it was bedlam.! I was screaming my head o" with my non-football-fan friend, who was as excited as me, and immediately, it all turned around.! Surely we had just won the game!! Surely we were going through, and as group winners to boot!! I couldn’t contain my excitement as the ﬁnal whistle blew, celebrating just as hard as I celebrated Chelsea’s Double. Finally, US Soccer had its moment, the moment when an entire nation was behind our team, the moment when people were captivated by the sport.!
should have done better to close down what was a very good strike. All of a sudden it was “here we go again”.! Even though we recovered well enough to get back on the attack, we got lazy at the back once more and our task got larger when Slovenia tallied a second goal.! We needed a boost, and we needed one early and thank you Landon Donovan for giving it to us.! His fantastic rocket into the top of the net gave us just the bump we needed, and it was like a switch was ﬂipped.! The whole second half we had the best of the play, despite scrambling in defense at times.! We just lacked that ﬁnal ball or clinical touch for the equalizer.! Altidore’s header on to Michael Bradley showed both, and if Altidore showed how to combine the two, Bradley showed us how to perfect it.! It was a fantastic touch with the bottom of his boot and we were back on terms!! It was enough to make you grateful that you had gotten a point from 2-0 down. Or it was, until Koman Coulibaly became a household name by denying Maurice Edu a well-earned winner.! I should have been pleased, but I wasn’t.! I should have taken the performance as a positive, but I couldn’t.! We had been robbed of two points by an obviously wrong call, and I was gutted.! Even though we still controlled our destiny I still felt as if the US had been hard done, an all too frequent theme in World Cup play it seemed. Heading into the ﬁnal game, our inability to play a full 90 minutes caused me concern.! More than anything else, the
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TEL'S MONTH IN QUESTION
by Tel Stevens
Welcome to the start of hopefully another Premiership-winning season. I've decided to change it up a little this season, so instead of doing a speciﬁc year I thought I would do!highlights and lowlights on!one of our opponents for the Month in Question, especially if we have some kind of tie to them. This month we have West Brom coming into town, so I picked them as their manager is none other than Roberto Di Matteo. As!I have said in the past if anyone has any ideas they would like to put forward please don't hesitate and PM me (toxictel). Welcome to the new season 2010/11! THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTED FIXTURE: Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion: We do have a bit of history with the good ol' boing boing Baggies. We have played them a total of 125 times, of which we have kicked their a**e 51 times, drawn 33 and lost 41. Our ﬁrst game against them was in our ﬁrst season, 1905, on Sept 23rd in Division 2. In front of 20,000 fans we wiped the ﬂoor with them 1-0- the goal being scored by our ﬁrst ever signing Robert McRoberts. One of our better games against WBA was a 7-1 thrashing we gave them in the 1960-61 season. Our team that day was Bonetti, P Sillett, A Harris, Venables, Evans, Mortimore, Brabrook, Greaves, Tindall, Brooks, Tambling. In front of a crowd of just 19,568, Brabrook, Greaves (with 5) and Tindall scored the goals. ! Played for both teams: David Speedie, Kenny Swain, Derek Kevan, Andy Townsend, Graham Roberts!! ! Games from this weekend in years gone by: Aug 14th '99: Leicester City (a) D 2-2: Goalscorers: Wise, og !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aug 13th '03: MSK Zilina (a) W 2-0: Goalscorers: Gudjohnsen, og Aug 15th '70: Derby C (h) W 2-1: Goalscorers: Hutchinson 2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aug 15th 87: She#eld W (h) W 2-1: Goalscorers: Dixon, Durie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aug 15th 07: Reading (a) W 2-1: Goalscorers: Lampard, Drogba !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! CHELSEA LEGEND: Being as we are playing West Brom, it’s only ﬁtting that our ﬁrst Chelsea legend is Roberto Di Matteo. Robbie will always be in the Chelsea Legends for “that” goal after 43 seconds in the FA Cup ﬁnal, but there was more to him than that. He scored other great goals including a semi-ﬁnal sizzler in Luca Vialli’s ﬁrst game as coach. I think that was the hardest I had ever seen a ball hit! Robbie was Swiss by birth. He was actually Swiss Player of the Year in 1993. He was a very tough but yet still agile midﬁelder who linked the defenders and forwards very well. He chipped in with 26 goals in 175 games for Chelsea, scored in three cup ﬁnals for us and went on to gain 34 caps for Italy. Chelsea won six trophies in his time with us - the FA Cup twice, League cup, European Cup Winners Cup, the Super Cup and! a Charity Shield. A badly broken leg against Swiss side St. Gallen in September 2000 would eventually end his career and in Feb 2002, he decided to retire. Robbie gave us many happy memories!during his career at Chelsea, including the celebration after scoring the winner (and his ﬁrst goal for us) against Middlesboro in front of the West Stand. Roberto Di Matteo - a CHELSEA LEGEND. ! !! CHELSEA TRIVIA: David Webb is the only defender for Chelsea to have a scored a hat-trick. It was at Ipswich in a 1-3 win on December 26, 1968. He must have liked Ipswich because three years and a day later he was in goal at the Bridge in a 2-0 win.
5 Questions For... San Diego Blue Ed Millan
How did you become Chelsea, and when? In 2003 I was exposed for the ﬁrst time to a full season of the Premier League. I didn't care much for any of the other of the "big" English clubs I had watched before (mainly in the Champions League) so I decided to follow the Chelsea games, considering they were the only other team that looked like they could challenge the "big" clubs. The more I watched the more I became obsessed with the team. Chelsea didn't win any trophies that season - we ﬁnished 2nd behind Arsenal and got knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco, but I didn't care by then because I was already hooked. Who is your favorite ﬁrst team player? Michael Essien. He is one of a kind and simply cannot be replaced. Have you ever been to Stamford Bridge, do you have a favorite memory? Yes, I've seen two games at the Bridge, the most recent one and my favorite memory is the 7-1 thrashing of Aston Villa last March. If you could have any player from any other team play for Chelsea, who would it be? Joe Cole! We should've never let him go. What is your favorite Chelsea song? Wherever we be, we follow our team, cause we are the Chelsea and we are supreme We'll never be mastered, by those northern bastards, we'll keep the Blue Flag ﬂying high! Flying high, up in the sky, we'll keep the Blue Flag ﬂying high! From Stamford Bridge to Wembley we'll keep the Blue Flag ﬂying high!
CIA FAREWELL TO JULIANO BELLETTI
On Wednesday, 9 June Chelsea FC announced that Juliano Belletti would be leaving the club. The move came as no surprise as we had all read that Chelsea was looking to allow some of the younger players the opportunity to earn a spot on the ﬁrst team. His move will not cause the emotional reaction with the fans that Joe Cole’s has, but he will be sadly missed.! In August of 2007 Chairman Bruce Buck was determined that Chelsea “would not be held ransom” in the transfer market. At the time, the front o#ce felt that there was one transfer price for Chelsea and another price for everybody else. The ﬁrst few games of the 2007 season saw a rotating cast at Right Back with Paulo Ferreira, Glen Johnson and Michael Essien all earning starts. Jose Mourinho was desperate for a full-time right back and Chelsea was heavily linked to Sevilla’s Daniel Alves. Once Chelsea had a reported £21.5 million bid for Alves was rejected, they quickly signed Belletti for the much lower price of £3.7 million . ! After Mourinho’s departure the following month, Belletti was a regular starter at
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provided us with another breathtaking long-range goal against Middlesbrough, and my personal favorite Belletti moment, a last minute equalizer against Stoke. ! This past season’s performances will not be remembered with the same fondness as previous years. After missing part of the season with an injury picked up against Preston in the FA Cup, his Premier League appearances were irregular. He saw red for a clumsy professional foul on Gareth Barry in a dismal Chelsea performance against Manchester City, and he gave away a penalty against Portsmouth in the FA Cup ﬁnal that luckily was saved.! Juliano Belletti was never the best player on the ﬁeld and his absence will be noted only by the Chelsea faithful. His time at Chelsea FC will be remembered for his reliable defending, his versatility, and his electrifying long-range goals. Since leaving our beloved club, Belletti has signed a two-year contract in his native Brazil for Fluminense FC. I am sure he’ll win over the hearts of their supporters as he has done ours. Best of luck Juliano.
Right Back in Avram Grant’s Chelsea lineup. He earned himself a name less for his reliable defending than his ability to excite the crowd with spectacular long-range goals. His e"orts that year against Wigan and Spurs guaranteed his cult like status with the fans. (Chelsea supporters voted his goal against Spurs as "Chelsea Goal of the Season" in 2007– 08.)! 2008-2009 brought both Jose Bosingwa and Luis Felipe Scolari to Chelsea FC. Scolari favored Bosingwa at Right Back and Belletti was used as a utility player, either in the holding role or in midﬁeld. I always met his substitute appearances with a smile and a little ﬁst pump. He
CIA FAREWELL TO JOE COLE by Allison Kasic
For me and many other Chelsea supporters the most painful moment of the summer transfer season was watching our favorite number 10 Joey Cole leave Stamford Bridge in a free move to Liverpool.! Joey was a player, after all, that was “here, there, and every *#@^-ing where” for Chelsea for seven years.! In that time Cole appeared 282 times, scoring 39 goals and architecting many more sizzling attacks. Cole arrived in the summer of 2003 from West Ham United as one of the ﬁrst signings in the Abramovich era.! Cole proved his versatility by playing in a variety of attacking roles for the Blues over the years.! No matter where he was on the pitch, Joey was sure to brighten up any game with his high energy and lightning-fast pace.! With his creativity, work rate and penchant for scoring against Manchester United, Joey was destined to be a fan favorite. Cole had many memorable moments in his time at Chelsea and was rewarded for his outstanding work with the Player of the Year award in the 2007-08 season.! But it is the handful of clutch goals that Joey scored against Manchester United in our recent title campaigns that I will never forget. hour mark when, in one swift turn, he breezed by Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Mikael Silvestre before beating Edwin van der Sar at the near post with a rocket of a shot.! It was a spectacular individual performance in an already memorable match. Cole only scored one goal in 2010, but it couldn’t have come at a better time.! As the season was winding down we once again found ourselves in a close race with United for the league title.! An away win at Old Tra"ord is always a tall order, and it’s even more challenging when a title hangs in the balance.! But thanks in part to Cole’s brilliant back heel touch at the twenty minute mark o" a low cross from Florent Malouda, Chelsea beat the Red Devils 2-1 and went on to win the double a few weeks later.! That delicate touch wasn’t Cole’s ﬂashiest goal, but it was one of his most important for the club and I can’t help but think that it was a parting gift for us fans.
A high point for any Chelsea supporter was the spectacular 3-0 thumping of Manchester United at the Bridge in April 2006 that secured our second consecutive league title.! Cole provided the best moment of the match at the
CHELSEA SUPPORTERS CLUB TOURNAMENT: COBHAM, ENGLAND
by Phil Watson
I went to England this summer; I know, why would I go all that way when there were no Chelsea games to see?! ! I did the next best thing and got myself along to the training ground at Cobham as a referee at the annual Chelsea Supporters Tournament. ! Dazz on the CFCNet board (http:// www.cfcnet.co.uk/) was arranging a team, and he passed my name along to the tournament organizer, Cli" Auger. So, on World Cup Final Day, July 11th, I arrived at 9am at Cobham, where security was tight. First o", I met a couple of other referees and then had a reunion with Steve ‘Jock’ Finnieston, who I had met on the US Summer Tour 2009. I also met Gareth Hall, Colin Pates and Clive Walker, who all shared the refereeing duties.! They all graciously signed my ﬂag which will be on display at the next Summer Tour. A great surprise was to see Gill and Graeme of the Kent Blues again. They were there supporting their team Chelsea Supporters Group. ! I had a nice chat with Dan Davies, whose great pictures can be found here: http:// www.ddpix.co.uk/portfolio105619.html The only one of me is the ﬁrst one, with Clive Walker and Gareth Hall.! You can tell it’s me because I was smart enough to wear a big hat to keep the sun o"!!!!!!!! Cobham is very impressive, with over 30 pitches. We were allocated four ﬁelds on the edge of the complex and the grass was quite brown due to England’s driest summer for 71 years. At the end of the day, I refereed the ﬁnal, where the Chelsea Supporters Group lost 4-1 to Powerday cfcuk. I know how Howard Webb felt when he was blamed by the Dutch later in the day! We were all hot and tired, but I met a lot of great Chelsea fans, helped raise 200 pounds for the Help a London Child charity and was very glad I went.
CIA FAREWELL TO MICHAEL BALLACK by Jamie Edwards
Michael Ballack wasn't a universally beloved Chelsea player like Joe Cole while he was here. He also didn't develop a cult-like fanbase like Juliano Belletti. Michael Ballack didn't quite live up to the expectations that Chelsea fans had, yet he was one of my favorite players in Blue for the past few years. When Ballack's contract at Bayern Munich ended in 2006, he chose to sign for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho despite interest from clubs like Real Madrid and A.C. Milan. Injury constantly hampered his career with the Blues, but he did have perhaps his brightest spell in the second half of the 2007/08 season under Avram Grant. He captained the side several times in the absence of JT and Frank Lampard and scored some important goals. One of his most memorable performances in those few months was against Manchester United at the Bridge on April 26, 2008, scoring two goals (and dedicating the win to Super Frank, whose mum had just died) to keep us in the title race that season. He'll also be best remembered for his club, expressing on several occasions his intent to retire at Chelsea. He was a frustrating player no doubt. Some fans would complain about him doing absolutely nothing on the pitch for 89 minutes, but he was also capable of providing that one minute of magic. When we were 2-1 up (thanks to an Ivanovic brace) at Anﬁeld in the Champions League in 2009, he threaded a gorgeous pass through the Scousers' defense to Malouda, who smashed a cross in for Drogba to score our third. The pass was immaculate. That is what he was capable of. A moment of magic. Unfortunately though, he wasn't able to perform heroics on a regular basis and thus many Chelsea fans never really took to him. The phrase "always the bridesmaid" was often used in reference to Ballack, so happily he ﬁnally won a league title in England in what would be his last season at Chelsea. So, whether you like it or not, Ballack has his name engraved in the history books for an incredible double-winning 2009/10 season.
angry rant at Tom Henning Ovrebo (spit!) after our Champions League semiﬁnal defeat against Barcelona. People can criticize him now for overreacting, but really, wasn't he just acting out what we all were screaming at our television screens? Half of the fans felt he was useless, the other half felt he was underrated and unappreciated. I always thought he was a great leader of the team along with JT, Frank and Drogba. When JT would give interviews about some of the guys leading the team talks pre-match, he would always mention "Bally" helping to rally the team spirit. He was a passionate player and seemed to really love the
THE CHELSEA IN AMERICA CROSSWORD!
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5.!The last team to score against us in 2009/10 6.!A popular 'keeper or our current manager 7.!It's the color! 8.!Your ganddad might like these for how they help his vegetable garden, but on match day outside the Bridge you better stear clear or you could have a "mare" of a day 10.!Lampard is this to his closest 40,000 mates 11.!It's a miss-noma that Stamford Bridge is this direction from the Thames 14.!Neil Barnett is more a"ectionately known as this 15.!Nationality of the ﬁrst foreign manager to win the FA Cup 16.!The best way to watch Chelsea 18.!Stadium, or Lion, take your pick 21.!Acronym for *the* place online to meet your fellow CIA blues and get things o" your chest 23.!The ﬁrst team to score against us in 2009/10 24.!The last time we won the FA Cup and English Championship double 27.!Biggest ever Chelsea sponsorship deal 28.!Although groundbreaking in it's time, it is currently the oldest of the stands at the Bridge 30.!We said "Make mine this, barman" for the ﬁrst time in 2010 34.!First Chelsea manager to win a major trophy 35.!Nationality of the player that scored the goal that essentially ensured Chelsea's future in 2003 3.!We have had three of these play for us in recent seasons alone 4.!From this country Gudjohnson commeth 5.!A real Chelsea captain and lady 9.!Across from the Bridge on the Fulham Road, this bar is a great place for a sing song before games (and don't forget the burgers outside!) 12.!Where we will follow Chelsea 13.!Our one and only captain, rock and legend 14.!Not just for storing your gardening tools 17.!Watch all the latest and greatest Chelsea programming without needing a TV! 19.!The number of teams we played three times in 2009/10 29.!Shortest initials, longest club name in the Premiership this coming season. 31.!Ray doesn't really like to be called this anymore 32.!Some cruel supporters call him Cashley 33.!The number of major team and personal trophies won by the ﬁrst team in 2009/10 22.!We are men in blue, not black, but we share the same acronym 25.!The part of London the Hammers, Milwall and the like are from 26.!The only team to score against us during the 2009/10 FA Cup run 20.!Blogger from America 21.!This cat was the cream
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