Chelsea FC: The Official Biography: The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years

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One of the most successful, glamorous, and controversial soccer clubs in Great Britain, Chelsea is infamous for catching headlines on and off the field. This comprehensive account walks through a century of soccer, highlighting the club’s star players past and present, the key games, and its rise to prominence. The controversies are addressed as well, including the club’s near collapse in the 1970s from lack of funds, its handling of issues relating to racism, and the recent crackdown on the fans’ rampant ...

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Overview

One of the most successful, glamorous, and controversial soccer clubs in Great Britain, Chelsea is infamous for catching headlines on and off the field. This comprehensive account walks through a century of soccer, highlighting the club’s star players past and present, the key games, and its rise to prominence. The controversies are addressed as well, including the club’s near collapse in the 1970s from lack of funds, its handling of issues relating to racism, and the recent crackdown on the fans’ rampant hooliganism.  Updated to include a discussion of the club’s recent seasons and its purchase by tycoon Roman Abramovich, this is the ultimate resource on the team in blue.

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"An astounding read."  —Time Out

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755314669
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 748,309
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A Chelsea fan for almost forty years, Rick Glanvill is an experienced journalist and broadcaster in the fields of publishing, television, and radio. He is the author of more than 15 books, including Chelsea Football Club, The Chelsea Who's Who, The Extraordinary World of the Football Fan.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Roman Abramovich     7
Introduction     8
The Best of Times
It's Cold at the Top of the Mountain     13
The Comedy is Over     35
Early Days
Origins     53
The Finest Ground in the Kingdom     65
Founders, Keepers     79
The Magnetism of Stamford Bridge     95
Reputations
Rubbing Shoulders With Greatness     115
Hoolifans     143
The Russians are Coming     157
Great Teams
The First Xi     169
Shooting Stars     185
Docherty's Little Diamonds     193
Tales of the Unexpected     199
Empire Building
South American Way     223
Germany Calling     241
Our Men in Sofia     245
Don't Blame the Oysters     251
The Worst of Times
There's Only one Matthew Harding     281
Imperfect Sympathy     289
Chelsea Barracks     297
Great Rivals
Little Local Difficulties     311
The North-South Divide     319
Forever Blue
The Game of Two Faces     339
A Chelsea Life     347
Epilogue
Raising The Bar     355
ChelseaRecords     369
Index     411
Resources and Picture Credits     416
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