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    Mark Meehan(Author)

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From its formation in 1905, Chelsea have been regarded as the most glamorous of clubs. Visitors to the Bridge have included Hollywood actresses, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers and even an American Secretary of State complete with Secret Service entourage. But while famous names seem attracted to Chelsea's proximity to London's West End, the team has often disappointed. More recently Chelsea have become one of the most successful of the new breed of Premiership clubs. Under Bates, Stamford Bridge has become home to 39 businesses ranging from travel agencies to banks, restaurants and hotels to insurance companies, with the express aim of insuring his football club against the inconsistencies and dangerous internal feuding that have hamstrung previous chairmen. Over the past 6 years Chelsea has undergone a revolution, but along with progress' has come rampant commercialism -- as one Chelsea fan noted, loyalty is measured by how much you can spend rather than how much you care. The life-long emotional bond that forms between a football club and its supporters is now almost a weakness, there to be exploited by the money-drunk millionaires that have taken over our sacred game'.Life-long Chelsea fan Mark Meehan discovers a club in a hurry: an ageing chairman frantic to win the championship before he retires, a club facing mounting debts, an expensively assembled playing staff and a new manager brought in because the old one could only deliver five trophies in three seasons. Clearly, nearly 20 years after assuming control, Ken Bates is still chasing his elusive Blue Tomorrow -- but, as Meehan discovers, he is in danger of losing control of his own club with potentially disastrous consequences.
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  • PDF | 269 pages
  • Mark Meehan(Author)
  • Empire Publications Ltd; UK ed. edition (1 Dec. 2002)
  • English
  • 6
  • Sports, Hobbies & Games

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  • By Neil B on 18 January 2001

    It was a pleasure to read a book written about Chelsea by someone who is an 'Old School' Chelsea fan, has been there through thick and thin and yet manages to write without any obvious bias. It is very well researched and written and I found it funny and enlightening on many different issues. The football side is well covered from the formation of the club up the recent cup wins and is full of great stories about incidents and fights between players, managers and chairman. The book looks at all the Chelsea playing legends and Meehan decides that Pat Nevin was the best. Difficult as it is to pick out one player, I'd have to agree. Perhaps because like Mark I saw him at do things that nobody since has quite matched. The foreign versus English and the youth policy are also covered and Mark comes to some encouraging conclusions. The main issue though is that of the future of Chelsea and in looking at this Mark draws some interesting comparisons between the Bates and Mears eras and shows that history at Chelsea was a funny way of repeating itself. A close look at the current financial position of the club is great cause for concern and the questions asked could do with answering. The only slightly disappointing aspects are no mention of the old badge and that Mark obviously knows far more that he is letting on...he stays on the safe side and should avoid becoming another target of Ken's programme notes. An uncut version of the book would be fantastic but would probably bankrupt Mark. For non Chelsea fans it is a good read as most of it can be related to any of the big clubs and the style and pace of the book mean that you don't have to have supported Chelsea for 20 years to enjoy it. Anyone who is a true Chelsea fan couldn't fail to find it a great book.


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