I write this is 2019 with my last update of my Chelsea-supporting life updated in 2006 on this
The club is shifting from being one of the most dominant club sides in world football to an
also-ran. Another Arsenal. A team that cannot hold onto its best players exemplified by the exit
of Eden Hazard. Even the owner appears to be worried with stadium expansion plans on hold.
We are winning trophies every season but the ones that a top club should not be even taking
part in. The Europa League is the equivalent of the League Cup for a club of our standing.
Perhaps we have been spoilt considering the success we have tasted over the last 20 years.
But we want more - and certainly not to be finishing 26 points being the club that wins the
league. That is 9 wins - WWWWWWWWW.
There have been many changes to my life over the last few years too. Having left a good job
that made buying a season ticket and travelling to European aways a breeze, the budget
began to tighten so much that it meant sacrificing my season ticket for the sake of my children.
In one way, the timing could not have been better as Chelsea are overtaken by other clubs -
on the other hand, away tickets are now half the price they were when I regularly attended!
There is much irony in the Premier League. When we were taken over by Roman, there was
much argument as to whether it was right to have a foreign owner pumping money into the club
- especially a dodgy Russian (any team in red like Arsenal are obviously exempt - it must be a
socialist thing)! Newspaper columnists such as Matthew Syed now love Liverpool (US owners)
and Man City (owned by a Prince who advocates stoning and flogging).
The future of Chelsea now lies in the hands of young players. It reminds me of how we were in
the 90s. The likes of Eddie Newton, Frank Sinclair, Graeme Le Saux and Craig Burley keeping
the heartbeat of the team alive. Now we have Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek,
Ethan Ampadu and Ross Barkley coming through the ranks. We are taking chances on youth
when we are going downhill - will the Alan Hansen adage that "you can't win anything with kids"
come true? Fingers crossed it won't.
I dream of a utopia where my kids are grown up, I can go and watch the Chelsea first team
home and away domestically and in Europe and for every silly friendly. Time to get the head
down and work hard for it. Speak in 10 years and 10 League Cups' time!