Rosary, Moleskine and Mourinho – Chelsea’s triumph of relief

It was supposed to be all about Diego Costa versus Harry Kane. The pundits were trying to big-up the contest and inflate Tottenham’s chances against the Premier League champions-elect. They pointed to Spurs’ 5-3 win against Chelsea a few weeks back and saw it as a portent of what was to follow. But what did we get? A good first half from Spurs but Chelsea went in at the interval 1-0 ahead. Spurs were never as potent again and it ended up as classic Mourinho: 2-0. The “Special One” needed this victory. Two seasons without a trophy represented Mourinho’s leanest … Continue reading Rosary, Moleskine and Mourinho – Chelsea’s triumph of relief

Chelsea, the history men

The banners hanging from the top tier of Chelsea’s Shed End stand told you everything you needed to know about Liverpool. All very Jethro Tull. “Spion Kop…A true democracy”. “Liverpool, European Royalty”. “Shankly’s red army”. “We live for the nights to remember…1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005”. “Five times…FACT”. These were all calling cards for a club that hankers for its glorious past. The people’s republic of Liverpool was in town. In happier times, Liverpool would have filled their end of the ground, but a third was turned over to Chelsea fans. But they were, as ever, noisy with their … Continue reading Chelsea, the history men

Calling in on….Crystal Palace, the parish of Steve

I heard someone whistling Blaydon Races at London Kings Cross at 8.30am and I knew that either an impromptu Lindisfarne gig was taking place or that Newcastle United were in town. Later that day, in the early evening autumnal glow, the trains out of London Bridge fairly well resonated to the sound of the Tyne. “The Toon” (when did they stop being the Magpies?), wearing the not unfamiliar mantle of “crisis club”, were heading for Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace. Newcastle, whose only win was in the previous round of the competition, 1-0 at Gillingham, were bottom of the … Continue reading Calling in on….Crystal Palace, the parish of Steve