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20 Jan 2020 18:23:32
Being reported that Eddie Newton may well be leaving to join an overseas club as assistant manager.

Loved him as a player and I'm my opinion, very unlucky not to get a few England caps.

Also loved him as an assistant to Robbie D. Will always be welcome back at the Bridge.


1.) 20 Jan 2020 23:05:56
Agree 100%. A proper Chelsea man, had the pleasure of speaking to him a few times and he was fantastic.

2.) 21 Jan 2020 10:51:54
Agreed and all the very best to Eddie in this new venture if reports accurate.

3.) 21 Jan 2020 11:05:54
Its a concern as he was by far the most experienced coach at the club.
I guess he wasnt part of the core team and decided to move on to new opportunities.
Good luck Eddie.



12 Jan 2020 13:03:34
How do my fellow posters feel about this Kante going to Madrid story?

I can't believe we would sell him in this window but who knows. I guess it's all about the price!

Any input from the Eds would be appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - Whoever has told you that Kante is leaving this month is teasing you Tom.}

1.) 12 Jan 2020 15:39:18
I think, be it to Madrid or elsewhere, he'll move on in the summer - and I wouldn't blame him if he did.

I don't think he really fits into our current system, I've said before that he's a world class round peg in a square hole. Plus, for him, I'd imagine the opportunity to play for someone like Madrid or Juventus is tempting - surely it would be for any player? He's won everything in England - the opportunity to go and do so in another top league, at another top club, must be tempting.

Best of luck to him if he does leave.

2.) 12 Jan 2020 17:19:13
Thanks for the reply Ed and thank god for that.

3.) 12 Jan 2020 18:20:18
Kante is a world class player and will forever be a legend for us. I think he deserves his exit if he wants to try something new. I couldn't disagree with your post J.

Next year he will be 29 years and it will be the perfect time to sale him and recoup some money.

4.) 12 Jan 2020 18:59:56
Keep at all costs and get players to fit around him. His world class. Only world class player we have, make captain too,

{Ed047's Note - to right, he’s incredible

5.) 12 Jan 2020 20:57:08
Fabian Ruiz - kante.

6.) 12 Jan 2020 21:12:53
We might need more than one player to replace Kante Matt.

If he goes and I hope he doesn’t he will be a big loss.

7.) 12 Jan 2020 22:34:07
Matt, I did something I don’t usually do. I checked out the player you mentioned as a replacement for Kante. He does look like a very good player.

8.) 12 Jan 2020 23:10:22
I meant to play beside him, kante AND Ruiz,

9.) 13 Jan 2020 08:01:31
Understood Matt but the lad looks like a player!

10.) 13 Jan 2020 08:58:33
I think Kante has many years left in him and why would we not want to keep him? We have a lot of young players at the club and they NEED great role models. Who could be a better role model than Kante?

Jorghino I have a lot of respect for. He drives a lot of what the team does. He is dedicated. He communicates and he leads. Communication he knows is important and he learnt English so that he can do that well. Ahaon, a role model, for our younger emerging players.

11.) 13 Jan 2020 11:08:35
Good points celery.



13 Dec 2019 00:42:50
I suppose it depends how posters and fans view Willian but other than a couple of details it looks like he is signing a new contract and it could be a two year deal.


1.) 13 Dec 2019 08:55:50
grest servant to us and happy to see him stay with us.

2.) 13 Dec 2019 10:25:44
Sell on value, doesn’t leave on a free, good news.

3.) 14 Dec 2019 09:08:43
He's having a decent season. There's no guarantee Sancho would perform (for £100m) in the Premier League, Boga is performing well but in a disappointingly poor quality Italian league and Zaha is inconsistent in the league already. I've previously said it's time for him to move on, maybe I was wrong.

There wouldn't be much experience in the wing and forward positions after Giroud and Pedro leave. If for no other reason than that, keeping him makes some sense.



07 Dec 2019 17:17:59
I'm told that Lamps wants two players in this window. All I know is they are both left footed.

I can't see it being Chilwell unfortunately.


1.) 07 Dec 2019 17:54:35
Ake maybe tom?
Think we need a commanding cb maybe that will be rudi when he’s back but we’re conceding some really sloppy goals
Haven’t seen the game today anyone come out with any credit or just a poor team performance?

2.) 07 Dec 2019 17:54:58
Who told you that?

3.) 07 Dec 2019 20:34:31
My Dad Kepa!

4.) 07 Dec 2019 20:59:17
Weird family you’ve got with Jorginho you’re love child as well must be proud.

5.) 07 Dec 2019 22:48:14
Keep up with the posts Frankie .

6.) 07 Dec 2019 22:56:24
Danny, I guess Ake could be one of them.

7.) 08 Dec 2019 06:11:22
IMO I don't really rate Ake and I would rather we go for an experienced and established CB this time. We already have a lot of squad players and only need starters. We need to do a Van Dirk like Liverpool.
Again I think we should also consider players with physical characteristics hence forth. We're often bullied by teams and that's unlike Chelsea which was our hallmark.

8.) 08 Dec 2019 07:17:02
Thanks for the reply Tom 👍🏻
I like ake ilo I know he’s not the biggest where Zouma is more physical but not commanding like you say Van Dijk but maybe some like koudabily would be the answer for us.

9.) 08 Dec 2019 10:36:08
I doubt KK will move from Napoli and I doubt chelsea are linked with him anymore. He will be 29 next summer and will Chelsea invest so much money on a 29 year old? History says no.

Sancho will be a real target in Janyary and Ake is the other. I think Lamps needs to see Rudiger before he koves for Ake though.

10.) 08 Dec 2019 15:18:12
From what I’m hearing there’s a bit of a war going on at Napoli between the owner and players and I’ve read he may be open to letting Koulibaly go.



17 Jan 2019 16:50:29
Looks like Higuaín will soon be signing and should be available for the Arsenal game.


1.) 17 Jan 2019 17:36:34
Would be good to have him on the bench. Think we'll start with a false 9 either way.

2.) 17 Jan 2019 19:09:55

CHO Pedro and HAZARD.

3.) 17 Jan 2019 20:19:37
weely if he won't sign a new contract why would sarri bother having any time for him? cho.

4.) 17 Jan 2019 21:16:49
Pedro, Hazard and CHO would form our best attack, but think Sarri will favour Willian. Especially as both he and Pedro scored last game. Here is to hoping that Higuain brings back the best of Hazard - we need him scoring like he was at the beginning of the season.




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25 Mar 2020 20:00:56
As things stand we will potentially lose three first team squad players at the end of June.

If that is the case would it be reasonable to continue with the seasons fixtures at a date after the end of June?

I'm hoping these sort of issues will be taken into consideration by the governing bodies.


1.) 25 Mar 2020 22:54:02
As far as i know teams will be able to give out of contract players a new short term one so they can finish the season but don't think anything's conclusive as of yet. Don't see how this season can finish anyway, even if we played behind closed doors.

2.) 25 Mar 2020 23:36:31
I’m sure clubs can offer short term contract extensions but that will only create more potential problems.

The more I think about a solution, the more I think the season will be declared void.

3.) 26 Mar 2020 08:33:05
The only solution is to eventually finish the season behind closed doors. Contracts will be sorted, if players don't want to sign them then it would be done without them. I think Willian offering to play without a contract isn't really possible.

But, reports are now circulating that the National League will imminently void their season. This means no promotion to, or relegation from, League 2 which may have a domino effect all the way up to the Premier League.

Whatever happens, it's a drop in the ocean compared to the way this is effecting people's lives. The longer this goes on for the less important what happens to the football season will become.

4.) 26 Mar 2020 16:11:42
Good points J and you are spot on football is of little consequence in the current environment but we all need something to take our mind off this awful situation.



20 Mar 2020 11:16:48
Because of my age and underlying health issues I will now be spending the vast majority of my time indoors.

I will not be able to see my sons and daughter or grandchildren for sometime but if it keeps us safe then so be it.

Anyway, I was thinking if my fellow posters could share some of their football experiences (especially funny ones) with us all. I hope the Eds won't mind if a few non-football stories are also posted.

I'm sure, for people like me, it will ease the boredom.

Keep safe everyone.


1.) 20 Mar 2020 13:23:23
Stay safe Tom, we need your optimism on this forum! Hopefully this will blow over soon so you can see your children and grandchildren again.

As for a football story, I don't reckon I have any good ones, although I do remember my very first match! It was my hometome team Fc Copenhagen playing in the Champions League group stages against Atletico Madrid at home. I think it was around 2007 or something, I was around 10 years old at the time. I don't remember much from the match, other than Atletico winning 2-0 I think and the atmosphere being absolutely incredible, which it always is when Copenhagen plays at home!

2.) 20 Mar 2020 14:46:02
Thanks KTBFFH. Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen.

My first game was at Dulwich Hamlet I think they were playing Tooting! The first professional game I saw was I think Spurs v Ipswich the year Ipswich under Alf Ramsey won the league. My first Chelsea game was against Walsall, I think we lost 1-0.

3.) 20 Mar 2020 17:29:58
My first game was Southend United against someone (can't remember who) as they were my local side. My first Chelsea game was against WBA in 1978. We lost 3-1 that day and went to be relegated with 20 points (2 for a win in those days) . Were you at that match Tom?

4.) 20 Mar 2020 18:58:20
Seems like we're a few Danish guys on this site, KTBFFH :)
My first footballing memory was back when I was 4 or 5 years old. My local team - Aalborg - was playing against one of the weirdest teams in Danish football history, Herfølge - a team that managed to win the league and relegate the following year. My local team often handed out tickets to young players from the smaller clubs in the area, and I saw my team beat the reigning champions 4-0.
The first memory of Chelsea that I can clearly remember was the game where Ronaldinho scored that cheeky goal. Back then, my favourite player was Gudjohnsen :)

5.) 20 Mar 2020 19:38:24
BruCeFC, most of the game around that era were losing games. I think most people thought I was bonkers supporting such a crap team.

I look back to the Docherty and Sexton days with lots of fondness but my god there have been plenty of low periods.

The Roman era is like a dream and with any luck could have been even better. Us fans owe him a huge debt of gratitude IMO.

6.) 20 Mar 2020 20:04:58
Look after yourself tomB, and everyone else, one little football story was the first game I took my kids too, my son was so excited my daughter was not happy, our tickets were in two pairs so me and my son were close to pitch and wife and daughter right at the back, after 20 min or some stewards went to my wife and asked if they had trouble seeing as people kept standing up, my wife said yeah but it’s ok, here for my husband and son who are down there, and pointed to us, the steward saw there was two empty seats behind us and moved them to sit with us, my daughter who wasn’t keen was screaming the whole game trying to sing the songs and laughing when referee’s a ****** was sung. Both needed up loving it, was a memorable day with the family at the bridge.

7.) 20 Mar 2020 23:04:20
Matt, I used to take my children and WIFE to home games and we had a pre-match ritual of food for the kids and drinks for the wife!

We were playing Man Utd and my wife fell asleep and snored through the match so loudly my kids wanted to move away!

8.) 21 Mar 2020 09:12:29
my first game was in 2000 tom chelsea at home to everton the good times. we spent the friday watching the players training at the old training ground got a nice pic with gus poyet for my troubles. the game itself was poor but i loved every bit of the weekend and my experience . during the game a chelsea fan was abusing david elory and i joined in signing the referees an ****er the crazy chelsea fan loved my chants and got a bit carried away after about 20 minutes of me screaming the ref is a ****er and the lad joining in every time he eventualy got thrown out an my old fella an his pals all laughing quielty hid me while the security gaurd was lookin for the other culprit bear in mind tom i was 11 years old😂.

9.) 21 Mar 2020 09:33:46
BruceFC, I’m from Southend too, first ever game was Southend Vs Kidderminster. First time I ever heard my dad swear! My first Chelsea game was Vs arsenal in about 2003. I was about 10, we played arsenal and I distinctly remember seeing Mario Melchiot as he walked out of the tunnel and exclaiming! Look! He looks like Mario Melchiot!

10.) 21 Mar 2020 10:07:00
My first game was circa 1979, I was about 11ish. Chelsea v Wrexham in the old 2nd division, at Stamford Bridge. I went with my neighbour who was a Chelsea fan in his Jag XJS! I think we won 3-1 and as I rememeber Ian Britton scored one. I don't recall loads about it though to be honest!

11.) 21 Mar 2020 21:39:37
When I was a kid my mate and I used to stand behind The Cat and half time we could walk around the ground and stand behind him again.
In the days when the Mears family owned The Bridge their wasn’t much need for crowd safety or crowd trouble.

12.) 21 Mar 2020 21:50:26
Little funny story. Chelsea v man utd FA cup final 2018. My boy was 7 his first final. He is going nuts with tears in his eyes with not long left screaming at conte to put willian on as the game was getting abit tense.
The final whistle goes, I turn round and the old guy sat next to us has my boy raised in the air both screaming their heads off.

Best feeling in the world seeing him so happy and first time he saw them lift a throphy.
Nearly missed the train home as I couldn't get him out of Wembley.

13.) 21 Mar 2020 23:16:24
I couldn’t get a ticket for the Wembley final against Leeds.

So, watching the game on TV with my dad and we are losing. My dad is in the kitchen making a cup tea. We equalise I run out of the room running towards the kitchen shouting we’ve scored, we’ve scored. I jump and hit my head on the door frame and end up sparko on the floor and missed the remainder of the game!

I did get a ticket for the replay. What a night!



13 Mar 2020 21:26:53
Totally gutted that we have been robbed of winning the Champions League this year!

As we are are still in the hat I assume we will get the last eight percentage of the prize money?


1.) 14 Mar 2020 13:16:47
well I think Liverpool would have faltered and been deducted 20 points for their misdemeanors, I know we would win every league match to the end of the season. Man city and Leicester would completely capitulate and we would win the title. So 2 major trophies taken away by the virus. Hope we are suitably compensated.

2.) 15 Mar 2020 09:36:20
I know that Covid-19 is certainly not funny but I just can't help myself laughing out loud at the thought of this season being declared void and Liverpool missing out on the title yet again.

3.) 15 Mar 2020 12:00:31
It’s hard not to imagine being able to say a Scousers “the only way you could win it, was to be given it”.



09 Mar 2020 04:27:53
Fantastic performances all over the pitch and it's understandable that BG and RB will get lots of plaudits but I would also like to point out how good Reece James looked when he came on.

The lad is going to be some player!




05 Mar 2020 15:05:58
Am I the only sad old git that loves looking at our rivals sites when they get beaten?

At always cheers me up and I reflect that maybe the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence!


1.) 05 Mar 2020 22:53:33
I always the same. I have to admit that i barely visited Liverpool site this year :)

2.) 06 Mar 2020 04:33:37
True TomB, the grass isn't greener on the other side (maybe it appears greener) . Haven said that, a man might initiate success when he compares himself (his output) with himself (ability) not with others. Trust me, mediocrity is a bitch.

3.) 08 Mar 2020 10:36:30
I love keeping an eye on the Spurs site - the vitriol against their own players and manager is astonishing! Makes our negativity seem like praise for our team and manager!




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03 Apr 2020 14:52:43
As CPO I would vote, reluctantly, to leave The Bridge if a suitable and viable alternative could be found.




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29 Mar 2020 18:29:16
I’ve lost track of the different names he or she has used.
As I always say the funniest moments are when he answers his own posts under a different name. It comes as no surprise he agrees with himself.

Strange person!

Keep safe everyone!




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23 Mar 2020 18:38:21
I thought Rice had a good game against us at aThe Bridge but I don’t enough about to be a judge.




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28 Feb 2020 21:14:04
Thanks Ed. Very interesting.




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11 Feb 2020 17:44:25
Gilmour looks to have a very bright future to me.

Players have the right to choose their own future but it doesn’t always work out when they move on because they want and believe they will get more game time at another club.





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30 Mar 2020 14:25:58
The governing bodies will have to be seen to try everything they can to restart the season but unless some sort of marvellous miracle happens I just can’t see it happening.

If it doesn’t, it will be very unfair on lots of teams but some will be happy.


{Ed002's Note - This is all being addressed. The "elite" European sides have met today, the Italians have had one meeting today and have another later today, the Premier League next meet Friday, etc., etc..}



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26 Mar 2020 16:11:42
Good points J and you are spot on football is of little consequence in the current environment but we all need something to take our mind off this awful situation.




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25 Mar 2020 23:36:31
I’m sure clubs can offer short term contract extensions but that will only create more potential problems.

The more I think about a solution, the more I think the season will be declared void.




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23 Mar 2020 14:25:22
cech118, you and you fellow NHS workers really are heroes and you all deserve all of our unreserved appreciation.

I would also like to thank all essential workers who are making our current predicament easier to manage.

I truly hope that when this nightmare ends and it will, every single one of you get a massive bonus.

Please keep safe, our country needs you.




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21 Mar 2020 23:16:24
I couldn’t get a ticket for the Wembley final against Leeds.

So, watching the game on TV with my dad and we are losing. My dad is in the kitchen making a cup tea. We equalise I run out of the room running towards the kitchen shouting we’ve scored, we’ve scored. I jump and hit my head on the door frame and end up sparko on the floor and missed the remainder of the game!

I did get a ticket for the replay. What a night!