Sunday 16 April
Manchester United 2:0 Chelsea
Strangely listless throughout we allowed an average United team to dominate. Rumours of food poisoning from a group meal out have not been denied, as Marcos Alonso had to pull out of the match after the warm up.
Jose Mourinho was always going to exploit whatever weakness we showed and a goal in each half, one from Rashford the other Ander Herrera’s, saw them home. Herrera was allowed to kick Eden hazard all over the place all night with just a yellow card for his trouble and he was allowed to handle the ball in the build up to their first.
We will bounce back. What are the odds? If you want to visit a trustworthy, reliable site, visit whatbookies.co.uk.
Monday 17 April
Chelsea 1:1 Birmingham City
Birmingham win 4-2 on penalties)
The women couldn’t make it three final appearances in a row as they lost the shootout to Birmingham. A tight and cagey affair from the start, Drew Spence struck to level the match up and despite dominating the extra-time we missed a couple of penalties.
We are about to find out what happens when the ravens leave the Tower because overshadowing the women’s result was the news that John Terry is to leave the club at the end of the season. John has been an absolute giant at this club and has written his name so deeply into the history of Chelsea it is meaningless to try to list his achievements. He will play on – possibly in the US – and nobody is ruling out a coaching job in the near future.
Brighton and Hove Albion will be playing Chelsea next season in a league fixture as they secured promotion to the Premier League when Huddersfield could only draw with Derby. Brighton were last up when your granddad still had all his teeth and fans from around the country will be hoping for an August trip to the Amex.
Gianfranco Zola resigned from his role as Birmingham City coach after a long string of bad results. He was under pressure from the off as he inherited a successful team from a popular manager. It was always going to end badly.
Sheffield United confirmed themselves as champions of league one by beating Bradford City 3-0. Meanwhile, Chesterfield drop out of that division at the other end after a thumping from Scunthorpe. Both Plymouth and Portsmouth hop up in the opposite direction.
Tuesday 18 April
FA Youth Cup
Final tie – first-leg
Manchester City U18 1:1 Chelsea U18
Just like last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, we take a decent position into the second leg of the Youth Cup final. City were at our mercy for much of the match but we couldn’t add to Ike Ugbo’s opener. Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi took turns to torment City’s back line but the equaliser wasn’t their only threatening move.
Next week Wednesday for the return.
Jade Bailey ruptured a knee ligament and will miss the Spring series. She will hope to be back for the next proper season.
Leicester City managed a creditable 1-1 with Atletico in their return and had a few chances but bow out having helped the nation’s co-efficient no end.
Friday 21 April
Chelsea U23 2:2 Everton U23
The U23 league is drifting to a close with little meaning Ike Ugo score both of ours as we delayed Everton’s title celebrations – they had needed a win to secure the crown.
Ugo Ehiogu died suddenly after a heart attack at Tottenham’s training ground; he was only 44. Working as a coach at Spurs Ugo served Villa and Middlesbrough as a colossal defender and his death at such a young age has shocked the football world. Tributes will be paid ahead of the FA Cup semi-final with Spurs. Paul Merson was in tears on Sky News. It is just such a surprise.
Notts County’s women’s team have just gone bust with the season only two days away. They owner cited the cost of running the team but surely he knew that months ago. The players are in limbo and will be sold off as assets of the defunct club. Their place in the spring series will not be taken by another club.
Saturday 22 April
Chelsea 4:2 Tottenham Hotspur
There is something so satisfying about thumping Spurs in this one, lovely day out at Wembley, nice weather four goals and a chance to watch the opposition slink off back to the tube station with fifteen minutes still on the clock.
The team news was a head scratcher as we played a weakened team, leaving out Hazard and Costa and recalling Nathan Ake ahead of JT at the back.
Willian repaid Antonio Conte in full as he flashed in a free-kick opener and calmly steered in a penalty either side of Harry Kane’s well-taken leveller.
They hit back on the hour as Alli smashed in a finish from a pearl of a pass from Christian Eriksen but Eden Hazard came on to puncture their enthusiasm and Nemanja Matic thrashed in the best goal at Wembley since 1966 to seal the afternoon. Chelsea fans have rarely had such a good team and such a perfect set of circumstances to enjoy. A few more wins and we can call this one of our best ever seasons.
Spurs have now lost their last seven FA Cup semi-finals.
Chelsea U18 2:1 Blackburn Rovers U18
We came from behind with ten-men to snatch this one. Tariq Lamptey saw red for handball on the line but Rovers missed the penalty and Chelsea carried on as I nothing had happened, dominating the game and running out winners thanks to goals from Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Leyton Orient lost their battle to stay in the league and Charlie Colkett and Fankaty Dabo could prevent Swindon Town slipping down a tier as they lost 2-1 to Scunthorpe.
Sunday 23 April
Arsenal stunned Wembley by not being half as bad as we had expected. They beat a weary looking Manchester City and had to come from behind to win 2-1.
In the evening the PFA gave out there awards and N’Golo Kante won player of the season. The French midfield general is on the verge of winning the Premier League for the second season running and was his usual modest self in collecting his prize.