A little preamble The headline for this article? You can blame our beloved Jonny Dyer (@KaiserJonny) for that. He cracked..
It was approaching the middle of a typical, sixties black and white, social-realist sort of a Saturday afternoon, when the..
In advance of today’s Manchester derby, there’s been some high-profile nervousness about the possibility of tribal fury spilling over into..
A Little Preamble It’s been some time hasn’t it? In fact such is the low key nature of the season..
Match Reports The Guardian, Daniel Taylor: “Maybe the game arrived too early in the season to be a classic. José..
Match Reports The Guardian, Daniel Taylor: “The stadium announcer cleared his throat and held up his microphone. “I’m looking forward..
Some things can be measured absolutely where as others can only be measured relatively or subjectively. A pint glass containing..
Match Reports The Observer, Stuart James: “On an afternoon of extraordinary drama in the Midlands, Frank Lampard etched his name..
An Everyday Story of Football Folk and Their Intellectual Property The Scene is Set Here was the deal going into..
The Preamble Due to sheer and utter football fatigue this will be a brief report covering the game yesterday between..
Match Reports The Guardian, Dominic Fifield: “Chelsea had paraded their record goalscorer during the interval here, an emotional Bobby Tambling..
More drama and another two points down the drain then. I’m bloody exhausted. First Half Terminally dull. Neither team showed..
Match Reports The Guardian, Dominic Fifield: “Performances as authoritative as this insist there is life in the old guard yet...
“He’s not a racist, he’s a very naughty boy,” as Paolo Di Canio’s mum has probably never said. I will..
The Easter Story So Far The fervent disciples eagerly await the return of their Messiah. There have already been reported..
Here they cometh The word is spreading. Pillagers are returning from the fields with not firewood or food, but stories..
Rafa Reaction All the focus was on the fans’ reaction to Rafa’s rant and the match was merely a sideshow...
The Preamble Late Saturday night our Dear Leader, Nick emailed me to kindly ask if I fancied doing a match..
Lampard the difference again as Chelsea defeat Wigan 4-1. This week’s fixture against Wigan Athletic saw Juan Mata start on..
Team Selection Rafa had a couple of selection problems for this match. First whether to play Cech. Fortunately the medical..
Each time I’m asked to write a match report I find myself considering the same thing. The writing of the..
Introduction It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Churchill was not actually referring to the Soviet..
Introduction Does the buck really stop at the manager? Such is the eternal debate in football. The modern structure of..
I certainly wasn’t expecting such an early Christmas present: news that Daniel Sturridge is leaving us. I rang the club..
Introduction Memory’s a funny thing. They say the human mind has a penchant for forgoing a well-rounded perspective in favour..
Dear Roman (I assume you are OK with the informal approach), As a long-standing devotee of Chelsea Football Club for..
Preamble So, another unveiling; another bloke waving his arms on the touchline for a few months while he waits for..
Introduction How refreshing. An international fixture break, the tragedy of the club footballing calendar, lasted only a couple of days,..
Stamford Bridge. 4.00pm. Remembrance Sunday, 11th November. An immaculately observed minute’s silence to remember those who gave their lives for..
Preamble I wanted to take the liberty of going to this game but unfortunately on the morning the tickets became..
Usually, you’d say there’s no such thing as a moral victory in football. The table will record three points for..
The prologue It never ever, ever gets boring beating Spurs. But for me there’s an even bigger joy in beating..