Hollins thrills fans at Christmas Lunch

John Hollins, our former player and manager, was the special guest at this year’s Chelsea Foundation Senior Fans’ Christmas Party, which took place at Stamford Bridge.

Hollins, the fifth-highest appearance maker in our history, and the manager who led us to Full Members’ Cup glory in 1986, joined a number of our senior supporters for the free event, which was organised by the Chelsea Foundation and held in the Vialli Suite.

The event enables fans, who are all members of the Foundation’s ‘Silver Surfers’ education initiative, to come along to the ground and spend an afternoon being entertained by a former Blue, and Hollins didn’t disappoint as he thrilled the audience with tales from his time playing for the Blues, where he was part of teams which won the FA Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and League Cup.

‘This is the second one of these parties I've been to and I really enjoy meeting all these supporters,’ said Hollins. ‘They've followed the club for so long, there's so many fantastic games and great players from over the years I can speak to them about, and they are full of questions about what it was like at the club when I played here.

‘I really enjoyed my time at Chelsea so it is nice to be able to spend some time with the people who used to come and watch me play at Stamford Bridge.

‘It's Christmas as well, so it's only right that we enjoy ourselves. It reminds me what kind of club this is too, how Chelsea remember the people from our history who have made the club what it is today, on and off the pitch, and that comes all the way from the top. The club does a lot for our older players and supporters, which people don't always get to see and it runs all the way through the club.’

A fun-filled afternoon began with a delightful Christmas lunch served to all those in attendance, before Hollins took to the stage for a Q&A session.

Next up was a Christmas quiz, which pitted Team London (Stamford Bridge Silver Surfers) against Team Surrey (Cobham Silver Surfers), while the top prize in the raffle was tickets to watch Antonio Conte’s team in action against Huddersfield later in the season.

To continue the festive theme, youngsters from Sir John Lillie Primary School, which is located a short distance from Stamford Bridge, sang Christmas carols for the guests who enjoyed a wonderful afternoon.