Does the Lady Have Shallots? (To Frank, a Valediction) I Arrayed like snowy cotton lie, the tents of Chelsea’s horde,..
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Last night’s game against Sunderland in some ways defies description. Jose Mourinho was obviously so flummoxed that in his post..
“Why Should I Love My Sport So Well?” – Isaac Watts, 1715 Should occasion ever bring you to Abney Cemetery..
It was approaching the middle of a typical, sixties black and white, social-realist sort of a Saturday afternoon, when the..
As Keegan notes, ‘the effect of a cavalry charge had always depended more on the moral frailty of those receiving..
An Everyday Story of Football Folk and Their Intellectual Property The Scene is Set Here was the deal going into..
It is perhaps only the TEFL teachers and students of language amongst us who could glean any scintilla of satisfaction..
Last time we caught sight of Manchesterford United in the league, we were unbeaten and four points ahead of them...
A Sunday Soujourn in Salford, South Louisiana and err, Romford There is a theme running through so many cinematic genres;..
(with suitable apologies and homage to John Le Carre) (Author’s Note: The main character of George Smallie should be imagined..
Somewhere between talking to the trees in Paint Your Wagon (1969) and talking to a chair at the Republican Convention..
The curious headline is prompted by young Junior, scion of the noble House of Bayou, who made his competitive feetballs..
You will have noted that Nick, blog owner and master of Podding Acres, wherein lies the humble structure from whence..
The Harder They Come, The Harder They Fall It is difficult to credit now, but there was a time when..
I will start by saying that my views are invariably coloured by having grown up in Tottenham and being related..
A trip to Manchester City was going to really test the mettle of a team that was showing signs of..
The image of the potter’s wheel is an iconic one. There’s something hypnotic about watching disembodied hands throw something as..
(title borrowed from The Low Anthem) The introduction Here at Chelsea FC Blog, with our ear ever pressed to the..
On a weekend that saw Gael Kakuta mark the start of his loan period at Dijon with a goal, Chelsea..
“Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though – and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his..
(or as Wotan says, “Valhalla may not be burning yet, but I wouldn’t light a ciggie in here.”) Bayer Leverkusen..
(with apologies to J. Keats) Given that Genk is in the Limburg Province of Belgium, a region known until around..
The newspaper reports The Guardian, Kevin McCarra: “Valencia merited a 1-1 draw that diminished the significance of the night for..
Just before I went “in absentia” or if you like “in feriae”, as Julius Caesar might have put it although..
A Season Opener (For Sale or Rent) (with sincere apologies to Roger Miller) I sat down to write this wondering..
By Random Chandlery The sign on the door says Doc. Bayou. Data Analysis. But that doesn’t tell half the story...
(Or How Close to Barking Can You Get a Sphinx?) In keeping with the melancholy and wistful mood engendered by..
[We’re thinking of this: ‘Sagging’ is the direct opposite of hogging. When a vessel is supported at bow and stern by..
Newspaper reports The Guardian, Kevin McCarra: “Manchester United have been as relentless over the course of the years as they..
“Now it’s Spring again, I’ll sing again, ’bout turnips and hamstered jam” (an excerpt from “Bygrave’s Songs, But Only Dimly..
Newspaper reports The Guardian, Paul Wilson: “Chelsea won where Tottenham had lost to move three points ahead of their London..
A little time has elapsed since the unseemly events around the sacking of our beloved Mr Wilkins as first team..