CLUB INFORMATION

Nickname
The Blues

Formed
1905

Stadium Capacity
41,623

Pitch
103 x 67 metres


CLUB PERSONNEL

Chelsea FC plc is the company which owns Chelsea Football Club. The ultimate parent company of Chelsea FC plc is Fordstam Limited and the ultimate controlling party of Fordstam Limited is Roman Abramovich.


CHELSEA FC plc BOARD :
Chairman: Bruce Buck.
Directors:  Eugene Tenenbaum, Ron Gourlay (chief executive), Marina Granovskaia.


CHELSEA FC plc BOARD BIOGRAPHIES:

Bruce Buck, Chairman:
Born in New York, he has been a Chelsea supporter since coming to London in 1983 and has been a season ticket holder since 1991. He is a shareholder in Chelsea Limited, the ultimate owner of the club, and the company used by Roman Abramovich for the takeover in 2003 and is managing partner in Europe for the US law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

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Ron Gourlay, Chief Executive:
Previously chief operating officer, he had been with Chelsea for five years in a variety of director-level roles before becoming chief executive in November 2009. He has more than 25 years experience in football having previously undertaken senior roles at Manchester United and Umbro. In October 2012, Gourlay was appointed to FIFA's Marketing Committee.

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Eugene Tenenbaum, Director:

Born in the Ukraine but moved to Canada at an early age, Eugene is one of Roman Abramovich's closest associates and was formerly head of corporate finance at Sibneft, the oil company sold by Mr Abramovich in 2006. He is currently the managing director of MHC-Services Ltd. He holds a bachelors degree in commerce and finance and a degree in economics from University of Toronto and is a Canadian chartered accountant..

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Marina Granovskaia, Director:
Marina Granovskaia was born in Russia and is a dual Russian and Canadian national. She has worked closely with Mr Abramovich as a senior adviser over the past 16 years, looking after his various assets and interests. She graduated in 1997 from Moscow State University with honours.

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The day-to-day running of Chelsea is undertaken by the football club's Executive Board headed by chief executive Ron Gourlay:

EXECUTIVE BOARD BIOGRAPHIES:
(in alphabetical order)

Chris Alexander, Finance and Operations Director:
Trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and has 20 years financial experience in different industries. Prior to joining Chelsea in March 2003 he worked in France as the FD of a construction related business where he completed an MBA at one of Europe's leading business schools.

David Barnard, Director / Club Secretary:
Joined Chelsea in July 2002. Has overall responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the Football Department. Has just completed 36 seasons in football. Previous clubs are Fulham, Colchester and Wimbledon. Also a member of the Football Club board which oversees football policy for the club, and has been on the FA council since 2007 as a member of the international committee.

Alan Shaw, Company Secretary:
Joined Chelsea in 1993. Has a wide range of business knowledge, having run legal, construction, HR, customer services and planning teams through a variety of projects in differing organisations from retail to engineering , merchant banking and professional football. Interests include tennis, horse racing and cinema.


FOOTBALL CLUB BOARD:

David Barnard, Bruce Buck, Ron Gourlay, Marina Granovskaia, Eugene Tenenbaum.




ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Training Ground
The training ground is at Cobham in Surrey but sessions are not open to the general public. Special open days are organised at Stamford Bridge when fans can see the team train.

Creche
Chelsea operates a creche during the match on home weekend matchdays and caters for children from one to five-years-old. The service is free but donations for equipment are appreciated. Bookings are taken on 08719 841955.

Matchday Child Mascot Policy
Children between the age of 6 and 12 years old act as mascots for the Chelsea team before each home and away game.

A waiting list operates for children to become mascots. New names are added in the order in which applications are received. There is currently a wait of approximately three to four seasons between joining the list and being a mascot.

The length of the waiting list should be considered when making an application. For instance, a 10-year-old would not currently be added as the child will not reach the top of the list before reaching the age limit.

When confirmation is sent that a child has been added to the waiting list, it is stated that the club cannot guarantee the top of it will be reached before the age limit.

There are two Chelsea mascots at our home league fixtures and one at away league fixtures. Mascots are present for cup games as and when permitted by the competition's sponsor.

Anyone wishing to add a child to the list should send the child's name, address and date of birth to:

Kim Mall
Chelsea Football Club
Stamford Bridge
Fulham Road
London
SW6 1HS


Hooligan Hotline
Chelsea Football Club works in partnership with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the Metropolitan Police Service in our endeavours to create a safe enviroment for supporters and the local community.

If you have any information concerning football hooliganism, please forward your concerns to the National Hooligan Hotline on 0800 515495. This is a confidential line which will not appear on your phone bill.

Should you have any information concerning ANY crime, this may be confidentially reported to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you wish to receive information about a career within the Metropolitan Police Service as a Police Officer; member of the Civil Support Staff or voluntary service within the Special Constabulary then further information may be found on the Metropolitian Police website (www.met.police.uk) and the Crimestoppers website (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).


Chelsea Customer Charter

If you would like a copy you can download the our Customer Charter here or write to Customer Charter, Call Centre, Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, London, SW6 1HS.


Ground Regulations

Chelsea Football Club's ground regulations apply to anyone entering the stadium. A copy can be requested from the club.


Fighting Racism
Chelsea Football Club practices a zero tolerance policy towards racism at Stamford Bridge and takes a leading role in all the major anti-racist campaigns such as Kick Racism Out of Football, Show Racism the Red Card and all Uefa backed Europe-wide campaigns.


Financial Fair Play
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Payments to Agents - 2012/13
Total Amount paid to Agents in the period 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013: £13,721,720.77

Explanatory Note:
The amount shown is the aggregate of all payments made to agents during the reporting period for agency activity, including payments made by the club on behalf of players.