Giles Smith: What to do about Diego and Jose

At this stage of the early spring, columnist and Chelsea fan Giles Smith would normally be concerning himself with how our strikers might find the space they need in the penalty area at West Ham rather than how he might find enough space to be comfortable stuck indoors, but these are unusual times…

02 Apr 2020

Pat Nevin: How could I forget Ricardo?

With more thinking time at the moment than is often the case, our regular columnist and former player Pat Nevin has been reminiscing and reckons it is high time to recall once again the contribution Ricardo Carvalho made to a winning Chelsea side…

31 Mar 2020

Giles Smith: Toilet roll restored to rightful prominence in football, but now for next challenge

In his weekly column, Chelsea fan Giles Smith appreciates the way footballers have been keeping their skills honed during lockdown but wonders if there is a place for coffee pods and sandwich making…

27 Mar 2020

Pat Nevin: Injuries pale into insignificance

‘The medics are magicians and we all appreciate them,’ declares former Blue Pat Nevin in his column this week, as he considers treatment for those affected by the pandemic as well as the more regular experiences of a professional footballer in someone else’s care…

25 Mar 2020

No precedents, but just the odd thin parallel decides Giles Smith

Like all Chelsea fans at this time, Giles Smith is on new ground with no matches at this stage of the season, but as he writes about that from a supporter’s point of view, a couple of memories from the 1990s surface…

19 Mar 2020

Pat Nevin recalls another time when Chelsea football ground to halt

Our regular columnist and former Blue has found himself digging into the past for match action during the current void…

17 Mar 2020

Quality booing during Everton win and do we need to protect Dennis Wise? Giles Smith discusses

In the latest column by Chelsea season ticket holder Giles Smith, he also notes new life for an old Eden Hazard song and considers football without crowds…

12 Mar 2020

‘His face lit up’ – Pat Nevin on interviewing Billy Gilmour and the buzz back at the Bridge

The welcoming of a new young Scot into the team reminds Pat Nevin of the start of his Chelsea career, and that has a lot to do with the fans, as he explains in this week’s column…

10 Mar 2020

Was that really an FA Cup upset asks Giles Smith?

In his Chelsea fan view of the past week, Giles Smith of course has plenty to write about the Liverpool game but he also suggests it’s time for a change to the way the FA Cup draw is carried out, and he has an invitation for Carlo Ancelotti…

05 Mar 2020

Have other teams shown the way against Liverpool asks Pat Nevin

Ahead of today’s hosting of the Reds in a knockout tie to be decided on the night, former Blue Pat Nevin first looks back at the weekend game at which he was present, before speculating on possible team selections to be made by Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp…

03 Mar 2020

Pat Nevin analyses an energy-sapping evening and hopes for a relaxing weekend

In his column this week Chelsea great Pat Nevin explains why playing three at the back has produced mixed results in recent days, wonders what difference N’Golo Kante might have made against Bayern, and hopes for a weekend to break free and enjoy…

27 Feb 2020

Should there be VAR reviews for VAR reviews asks Giles Smith

For the second week running, columnist and Stamford Bridge season ticket holder Giles Smith feels compelled to tap out words on football’s most contentious current topic, and that despite plenty to celebrate (for a nanosecond anyway) during Saturday’s win over Spurs…

25 Feb 2020

A step too VAR! Giles Smith no closer to tolerating the technology

Chelsea supporter Giles Smith’s testing relationship with VAR continued on Monday night, as he explains in his latest column…

20 Feb 2020

Pat Nevin reflects on a painful night at the Bridge and considers tactical tweaks for Tottenham

Chelsea legend and columnist Pat Nevin was present to witness a frustrating evening unfold at the Bridge last night, but rather than drown his sorrows he is already looking forward to Saturday’s London derby, and hopefully a bit more luck…

18 Feb 2020

Get ready for some high-end hosting says Giles Smith

Our columnist Giles Smith will certainly be getting the maximum value out of his season ticket in the coming weeks as he prepares to welcome a succession of big-name visitors to SW6…

13 Feb 2020

From Baghdad to Dubai – mid-season Chelsea breaks have changed over time explains Pat Nevin

The former Blue hopes the current squad are recharged well ahead of a mouth-watering run of fixtures, as he writes in this week’s column…

11 Feb 2020

Chelsea are the winter break champions explains Giles Smith

Our regular columnist and Chelsea season ticket holder also has a suggestion for how future mid-season player breaks should be calculated…

06 Feb 2020

Pat Nevin pinpoints what made for an entertaining game and how Chelsea can stay in the top four

The winter break is upon us, and that means a good time to take stock of the season so far. Chelsea legend and columnist Pat Nevin does just that, but not before looking at the Leicester game…

04 Feb 2020

Pat Nevin looks at the January transfer window and the lessons clubs learn from the past

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has known the transfer market as both a player and a chief executive and with the rest of the week bound to contain plenty of media rumours of player movement, devotes this week’s column to the subject…

28 Jan 2020

Out of the ordinary? That’s what Arsenal’s games at Chelsea can conjure up reckons Giles Smith

Our regular columnist from the stands at Stamford Bridge, Giles Smith, picks through the events and the leads lost on Tuesday night and notes a resemblance with some past encounters with the Gunners…

23 Jan 2020