Kelvin Barker

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Jan 26th, 2013
Once again, Chelsea Football Club finds itself embroiled in an avoidable spot of bother, with the club cast once more as public enemy number one by many within the sleazy world of broadcast and written journalism.  There can be no denying that Chelsea...
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Oct 25th, 2011
Until relatively recently, I had always believed that in my many years of watching football, I had only seen Chelsea blatantly conned by a referee in domestic football once.   Let’s face it, continental football has been corrupt for as long as it has ...
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Sep 25th, 2011
17 May 1997, what a fantastic day that was. The sun shone relentlessly, an early rendition of One Man Went to Mow by 40,000 Blues fans was climaxed by Robbie’s 42-second wonder strike, and Chelsea won their first major trophy for 26 years. During the ...
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Feb 8th, 2011
I, for one, have thoroughly enjoyed the furore caused by the ignorant comments, and subsequent departures from Sky, of Richard Keys and Andy Gray. ...
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Oct 6th, 2010
Having recently discovered a magnificent online forum which specialises in offering all manner of matches available for download, I took a quick look in the folder marked ‘Classic Matches’. Not even sure what I was looking for, I typed ‘Chelsea’ into ...
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Mar 29th, 2010
Growing up in 1970s Shepherds Bush, playing football in the street or the school playground of Miles Coverdale Primary School, I only ever wanted to be one person: Ian Hutchinson.  Or to give him his correct moniker, according to the good denizens of ...
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Mar 11th, 2010
If you have been anywhere near a radio over the past forty years, the chances are that at some point you will have heard some smug music aficionado extolling the virtues of The Beatles’ album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Whether that pa...
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Feb 28th, 2010
The Filth and Fury – There was a time when I was more proud to be Chelsea because of the fans than the team.  On the pitch we were perennial underachievers, often fielding players who had little or no interest in anything other than themselves. ...
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Feb 15th, 2010
The 1978/79 season was a truly dreadful one for Chelsea. Don’t take my word for it, look at the facts: a measly twenty points garnered from a 42-match league campaign, relegated at Easter and with 92 goals conceded throughout the season (champions Liv...
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Dec 31st, 2009
Renowned Chelsea author Kelvin Barker remembers Christmas and New Year 1988.  Chelsea climbed into second spot as a result of the win at Stoke, just a point below Watford, but also only two points above fifth-placed Portsmouth, the next visitors to th...
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Apr 13th, 2009
FA Cup Round 4 – 26 January 1997 – Chelsea 4 Liverpool 2 For the younger Chelsea fan, whose memory does not stretch back to the Seventies and Eighties, this must surely be the seminal domestic cup clash between the two sides. It was Ruud G...
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Apr 10th, 2009
FA Cup Round 5 – 13 February 1982 – Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0 The 1982 game didn’t have the goals and goalmouth drama of other cup clashes between the sides, but it was certainly the biggest giant-killing of the lot. Once again, Liverpoo...
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Apr 9th, 2009
I’m writing this the morning after the night before. Twelve hours ago I was leaping around joyously as the man who would inevitably be known by the inhabitants of Merseyside as ‘Branny-lad’, assured himself of a place in Chelsea folklore a...
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