Picture the scene, August 25th 1984, Highbury Stadium, London. Thousands upon thousands of expectant Chelsea fans have congregated at the stately home of aristocratic Arsenal to celebrate the return of the Blues to the old First Division.

A quarter of a century ago Chelsea were a very different proposition to the club they are today. A luckless Cinderella outfit on the brink of financial extinction, they were represented by an inexpensively assembled team of relatively unknown players. Despite this, the Blues were able to command a phenomenal away support seldom bettered by the leading clubs of the day and inconceivable in the modern era.

Set against a detailed background recalling life in Thatcherite Britain, Chelsea Here Chelsea There is a flawless time capsule for Blues fans seeking a trip down memory lane or those on the lookout for enlightenment in the ways of the old school. An assemblage of fascinating player interviews, rare and previously unseen photographs and the anecdotal recollections of a broad cross section of Blues fans present on that special day give Chelsea Here Chelsea There an endearingly nostalgic flavour.

Dixon, Nevin, Speedie. Johnny Neal’s Blue and White army swathed in Le Coq Sportif. ‘Frankie say’ slogan T-shirts, Hi-NRG music and the lunatic hooligan fringe, Chelsea Here Chelsea There incorporates them all with gusto along with plenty more and provides a welcome shot in the arm for any fan seeking an antidote to today’s sterile football environment

Gate 17 are pleased to announce the publication of Chelsea Here Chelsea There.

Copies pre-signed by cover star and Blues legend Kerry Dixon are available to order at www.overlandandsea.net postage is FREE to all UK customers.

Kerry is also meeting with the authors and will personalise individual books if you wish to purchase for the perfect Xmas gift. Just fill in the comments field when you place your order on www.overlandandsea.net

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