Monday 4 May
Jimmy Greaves is in hospital after a serious stroke. We wish him and his family the best. Jimmy set all kinds of scoring records at Chelsea and those old enough to have watched him, speak in awed tones of his goals; 124 in four seasons speaks for themselves. He was later associated with Tottenham and AC Milan but we can forgive him.
Chelsea 1:0 Manchester City
Chelsea will contest the first women’s FA Cup held at Wembley. Ji So-Yun, fresh from being voted PFA player of the year, zapped a rocket from the edge of the box into the bottom corner with six-minutes left of an even and entertaining game.
City piled on the pressure in the second-half as we scrambled one off the line
Fulham U21 1:3 Chelsea U21
Dominic Solanke enjoyed the first-half scoring his 37th and 39th of a busy campaign. Charly Musonda restored the two-goal advantage after the break and it was a stroll in Motspur Park for the reserves who are now only three points behind top spot with a game in hand.
Tuesday 5 May
Jimmy Greaves is in for a long, slow recovery after suffering a severe stroke. He remains in intensive care and we send even more of our best wishes to him and his family. Any support the Chelsea family can offer should be theirs.
Ramires is better after a kidney scare at the weekend.
Juventus beat Real Madrid 2-1 in their home leg of the semi-final.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is poised, in tabloid speak, to sign a new four-year deal. The phrase suggests his pen is constantly hovering over a contract but not yet making contact.
Oscar has the summer off. The Brazilian wonder-kid has played each month for the last five years and injury means he will miss this summer’s Copa America.
Thursday 7 May
Chelsea U21 4:3 Liverpool U21
Like the recent opinion polls the seesaw between red and blue was very unpredictable. Dominic Solanke did his best to win the thing on his own with a hat-trick that takes him over 40 goals in a breathtaking season. Alex Kiwomya scored the spare.
The result takes us back to three points behind Manchester United with a game in hand.
Friday 8 May
The good news is that Jimmy Greaves is out of intensive care and the long road to recovery can start…
… the bad news is that the hospitals and clinics he needs are about to be privatised… the greatest bunch of swivel-eyed, vicious, venal, right-wing loons have been elected to break up the nation and put all of our money into the pockets of their friends. What were you thinking?
Brentford, in an effort to prove once and for all that west London is wonderful, entertained Middlesbrough in the first-leg of their play-off. Sadly a late smog monster winner means they have to throw caution to the wind at the Riverside next week.
Saturday 9 May
Chelsea U18 3:3 Manchester City U18
Anything Dom Solanke can do Tammy Abraham can too. His goal in this slugfest was his 40th of the season. Isaac Christie-Davies scored a brace to give us the lead.
Burnley succumbed to the ordeal that is the Premier League as wins for Leicester and Sunderland and a point for fast fading Newcastle meant their battling win at Hull was too late.
QPR will be down unless they beat Manchester City at the Etihad tomorrow. So it will be ‘bye then’ by then…
Sunday 10 May
Chelsea 1:1 Liverpool
Already said goodbye to QPR after their hilarious impersonation of a football team at Manchester City – a 6-0 drubbing – we got a chance to say goodbye to Steven Gerrard. Taking part in an honour guard must have stuck in his craw because he later had a charmless dig at Chelsea fans after they stood to a man to applaud him off the field for a final time.
The match saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek start in midfield and nip the ankles of some Liverpool names – Coutinho couldn’t get away from him. John Terry headed in a fifth-minute corner with the ease of a man swatting a mosquito. 1-0. John is now the premiership’s highest scoring defender and considering he hasn’t taken a single penalty or free-kick in his total of 39.
Liverpool huffed and puffed without looking too dangerous while Hazard and Fábregas flicked and tricked but gave the ball away or mis-placed passes. It is a difficult game when your head is already at the beach.
Strange that Liverpool badly needed a win to close the gap on Manchester United for a Champions League spot but couldn’t muster any serious pressure beyond Gerrard’s header late in the second-half when Obi John lost him at a free-kick. 1-1.
So for all Gerrard’s genius at hitting forty yard diagonals he never won the league, how he must bitterly regret not taking up Mourinho’s invitation to play with the champions at Stamford Bridge, the San Siro or the Bernabéu.
Manchester City 1:1 Chelsea
After losing there on the last day of last season the women have made two unbeaten trips to City’s campus ground. Eni Aluko scored our opener but a defensive mix-up allowed them back into the game but the point keeps us top of the league going into the mid-season break for the World Cup in Canada.