Available now for the first time in Kindle format, Chelsea here Chelsea there, the critically acclaimed, best selling Chelsea title from Gate 17 takes you back to a mystical magical world before mobile phones were the tool of choice for arranging “meets” – before the M25 became a match-day carpark – when winning trophies was just the stuff of True Blue dreams (curiously as it has now become for Arsenal supporters) –
Where you one of the 1000’s of Blues fans who crammed into the Highbury library back in August 1984? Here is the story of a phenomenal day out – Chelsea are back, Chelsea are back – hello hello –
Picture the scene, August 25th 1984, Highbury Stadium, London. Thousands upon thousands of expectant Chelsea fans have congregated at the stately home of aristocratic Arsenal to celebrate the return of the Blues to the old First Division. A quarter of a century ago Chelsea were a very different proposition to the club they are today. A luckless Cinderella outfit on the brink of financial extinction, they were represented by an inexpensively assembled team of relatively unknown players.
Despite this, the Blues were able to command a phenomenal away support seldom bettered by the leading clubs of the day and inconceivable in the modern era. Set against a detailed background recalling life in Thatcherite Britain, Chelsea Here Chelsea There is a flawless time capsule for Blues fans seeking a trip down memory lane or those on the lookout for enlightenment in the ways of the old school.
An assemblage of fascinating player interviews, rare and previously unseen photographs and the anecdotal recollections of a broad cross section of Blues fans present on that special day give Chelsea Here Chelsea There an endearingly nostalgic flavour. Dixon, Nevin, Speedie. Johnny Neal s Blue and White army swathed in Le Coq Sportif. Frankie say slogan T-shirts, Hi-NRG music and the lunatic hooligan fringe, Chelsea Here Chelsea There incorporates them all with gusto along with plenty more and provides a welcome shot in the arm for any fan seeking an antidote to today’s sterile football environment.