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Eighth supporters' tournament a success

The annual Chelsea supporters’ tournament was held at Cobham last Sunday, and a dramatic final of the competition was settled by a tense penalty shoot-out.

Now in its eighth year, the tournament involved seven teams who were split into two groups, providing each side with plenty of game time on a dry afternoon in Surrey.

A knockout phase followed the group stage and the main prize, the Kyle Broadbent memorial trophy, was eventually won by the Jam Tree Blues [pictured above], led by Nicky Jones and named after one of the pubs situated close to Stamford Bridge. The victory was made all the more sweet for the team as they were beaten finalists in last year’s competition.

The Jam Tree Blues secured the trophy after winning an entertaining final 7-6 on penalties, while it was Bucks Chelsea who lifted the second prize of the day, the Shield Trophy.

As always, there were some former Chelsea players lending their services to the occasion, with Clive Walker, David Lee, Gary Chivers and Steve Finnieston helping out as referees.

Cliff Auger, who helps organise the tournament, said it was a positive event for all concerned.

‘It was a really good day and there were some entertaining matches. The club are really helpful when it comes to setting up the tournament, supplying prizes for the raffle and letting us use the facilities at Cobham,’ he told the official Chelsea website.

‘We raised a decent amount of money for charity, which we split between the Chelsea Foundation and Regenerate UK.

‘There will be an on-pitch presentation at Stamford Bridge in the first part of the season where the winning team’s manager will be presented with the trophy before one of the matches, which will be nice.’

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