In addition to his own memories of watching his beloved Chelsea from the terraces, Kelvin has gathered together the thoughts and recollections of the players he considers form the Stamford Bridge club’s ‘Team of the Eighties’. Celery! – Representing Chelsea in the 1980s is divided into two parts.
In part one, each season from 1979/80 through to 1988/89 is reviewed through the eyes of a passionate supporter, as Kelvin recalls the trials and tribulations – and there were many – of supporting the Blues during a topsy-turvy decade.
Part two is handed over to the star performers, as the aforementioned ‘Team of the Eighties’ spill the beans on their experiences in the royal blue of Chelsea. The popular John Neal, manager at the Bridge from 1981 to 1985, also gives his thoughts on a dramatic spell in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat which saw the club rise magnificently from near-oblivion.
From Kelvin’s own amusing tales of hugging skipper Colin Pates on the hallowed Stamford Bridge turf and serenading Bob Geldof in the King’s Road, through to the incredible behind-the-scenes stories as told by the players themselves – the mysterious case of Mickey Thomas’ disappearing gold chain, how a kick in the head made Joey Jones a fans’ favourite, the role physio Norman Medhurst’s hair played in David Speedie’s departure from the club, and many more – this book lays bare the facts of representing Chelsea in the 1980s, as recalled by those who were there.
“A little bit of nostalgia mixed in with some extraordinarily accurate history… it provides an authoritative education on an important time for the club”.
Pat Nevin – March 2006