Blues extend Aldershot stay

We have reached agreement with Aldershot Town for our development teams to continue playing at the EBB Stadium for the 2018/19 season.

It means Chelsea youngsters will play at the Shots’ home for a sixth consecutive year. Our home PL2 and FA Youth Cup matches are taking place there during the current campaign, with Eden Hazard having made his return from injury at the EBB against Everton back in August.

Chelsea head of youth development Neil Bath said: ‘We are very happy to extend our relationship with Aldershot Town for another season. The facilities at the EBB Stadium are perfect for our developing players, who benefit from playing on an excellent surface in front of proper crowds.

‘We’re grateful to Aldershot for hosting us and look forward to another successful year at the EBB Stadium.’

Shots chairman Shahid Azeem added: ‘The relationship between the two clubs remains as strong as ever, and I am really excited that we will be able to host Chelsea at the EBB Stadium into a sixth season. It is a great pleasure to have them here and we thank everybody at Chelsea for their continued support and assistance. We have seen many fantastic players grace the stadium since 2013, and look forward to seeing even more in the future.’

In the summer of 2014, the Stamford Bridge pitch was removed and transported to Aldershot, allowing them to install a durable, top-level surface at the EBB Stadium. It remains one of the finest pitches outside the Premier League, with regular maintenance involving Chelsea’s ground staff.

Our next match there will see our development squad host Leicester City in a PL2 game this Friday 2 February. Kick-off is 7.05pm.