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Chelsea tributes at Malmo and Norwich games

Chelsea will pay tribute to former vice-chairman Matthew Harding and long-serving staff member Sam Hasan at our next two fixtures.

Our Premier League home game against Norwich comes the day after the 25th anniversary of Harding’s death in a helicopter crash while travelling back from a League Cup game away at Bolton Wanderers. His fellow passengers Ray Deane, Tony Burridge, John Bauldie and Mick Goss also lost their lives in the tragedy.

Before kick-off against Norwich there will be a minute’s applause in honour of Harding, a Chelsea supporter who became heavily involved with the club and played a significant role in helping to finance the reconstruction at the north end of Stamford Bridge, which was renamed the Matthew Harding Stand following his death.

His financial investment in the club also helped us to sign players but he was lost to us before he could see his beloved Blues win silverware in the form of the FA Cup, later that season of the Bolton game. 

Prior to this weekend, at our fixture against Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, the players will pay tribute to Sam Hasan, a valued and much-loved member of Chelsea’s finance team who sadly passed away two weeks ago.

Sam had worked for the club since March 2004, during which time he was part of so many great successes here, and the players will wear black armbands in his memory when we host the Swedish side at Stamford Bridge. Our Under-19 side will also wear black armbands during their UEFA Youth League game earlier in the day. 

Sam's warmth, his kindness and the wonderful smile with which he greeted everyone is sorely missed at Chelsea.

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