Chelsea FanCast #931 - Paul Canoville
Stamford Chidge interviews Paul Canoville, Chelsea's first black player and a skilful winger in his day, forever remembered for that game against Sheffield Wednesday.Paul Canoville was Chelsea’s first black player and his story is incredible. Subjected to racist abuse on the terraces, Paul had to show huge strength of character and dignity to win over too many of his own supporters.Highlights of Paul’s all too brief Chelsea career included a hat-trick against Swansea, but he played a crucial part in the legendary 4-4 draw away to Sheffield Wednesday in the Milk Cup in 1985, coming on as a second half substitute with Chelsea 3-0 down. Paul scored twice, his first after just eleven seconds, as Chelsea salvaged a remarkable draw.In arguably one of his most forthright, honest and moving interviews yet, Paul talks about his time as one of John Neal's great side; the players, the matches and the goals and his struggles with racism, drug addiction and homelessness after football.
Chelsea FanCast #930 "Them's The International Breaks"
Stamford Chidge, Jonatha Kydd and Mark Meehan are joined by Chelsea FanCast Patreon's Rob Delsini, Loz Barns and Theo Stanculescu to chew the Chelsea fat in a Chelsea FanCast Q&A.In part one our guests pose questions on the Boehly plan, Graham Potter and which players will be the winners and losers under the new regime.In part two the chat continues with questions on what the plans for the stadium rebuild might be, how will the loaning of players change and have our expectations for the season changed with the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.In part three we have some excellent emails to read and discuss and a quick round up of the winners and losers of the Chelsea FanCast Prem Predictions League week 7.
Went To Mow Kingsmeadow Episode 84 - Lacklustre in Liverpool
For the first match review of the season, Dean and Jane are joined by Kerrie Evans from the Chelsea Women's Supporters Group to discuss Chelsea's shock 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.In part one we ask if Emma Hayes played it too safe and talk about the issues with the midfield, in part two we chat Chelsea's implosion and talk about the new performances of our new signings. In part three we've got your emails and in part four we look ahead to Sunday's clash with Manchester City.Follow Kerrie on Twitter @KerrieEvans. We're also on Instagram @WentToMowKingsmeadow.Subscribe to all Dean's Chelsea FC W articles @ HonestlyChelseaFCWYou can find more information about the Women's Football Fan Collective on Twitter @wffancollective.To join our fantasy football league head to ShePlays | Fantasy Football Competition and enter the league code WTMKCFCTo listen to our summer series celebrating the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Chelsea FC Women's team head to https://www.patreon.com/wenttomowkingsmeadowSubscribe to our YouTube channel for all our Chelsea FC W Takeaway episodes- https://www.youtube. com/channel/UCK8K2nPoZlH0xqVP_W1I-DQJoin our Discord community via this link https://discord.gg/jVbHw2dJzKFollow us on Twitter @MowKingsmeadow, Dean @DeanMears, Jane @JaneChappellx and Dayne @dwhitt9You can follow us on Instagram @wenttomowkingsmeadow
50 Years of Chelsea: 2003-2004 Pt 2
Stamford Chidge & Jonathan Kydd are joined by Chelsea authors Mark Meehan and Mark Worrall to look back at Chelsea's 2003-04 season.In part two we pick up the story in the New Year and as is traditional the focus was on the FA Cup. It took a replay to get past Watford and then a fraught 1-0 win away to lowly Scarbrough before a 5th round tie against our nemesis Arsenal. Jose Antonio Reyes two goals in the second half make it four years in a row that Arsenal knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup. Sickening, and made worse by a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the League days later. Would we ever beat Arsenal? At that moment it seemed unlikley.Meanwhile, Chelsea were progressing to the Champions League quarter finals courtesy of a 1-0 win away to Stuttgart Chelsea's 16th away win of the season and a new record. But who would their opponents be? Arsenal of course!Chelsea drew the first leg at home 1-1 in a cagey affair where Desailly was sent off. But could Chelsea do what no team had managed to do this season and beat Arsenal? In one of the most dramatic and memorable matches in the club's history, Chelsea won 2-1 with Wayne Bridge's winning goal (that sent us out of control) three minutes time meaning 17 games of hurt were now over. Arsenal players were on their knees and in tears and disbelief at the final whistle. Claudio Ranieri was in tears too and we were ecstatic. Joyous. The casualty of our European success was the league where a 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough, a 3-2 defeat away to Villa and 0-0 draw at home to Everton ended our title hopes. It all came down to the Champions' League semi-final, against unfancied Monaco, managed by former blue Didier Deschamps.In the away leg, under pressure Ranieri who had been called a 'dead man walking' for several weeks now, completely lost the plot. Not helped by having to play Ambrosio due to Cudicin's lengthy spell injured and some extraordinarily bizzarre substitutions when we should have held out for a 1-1 draw, the 3-1 defeat left Chelsea a mountain to climb in the second leg. This proved to be the case although Chelsea were unlucky to concede a goal thanks to Ibarra's hand on the stroke of half-time when 2-0 up and looking good. Ulitmately Chelsea and Ranieri had blown it in the first leg.A good 1-1 draw and a 1-0 defeat of Leeds to relegate them was enough to secure Chelsea's highest league position since 1955, but this was not enough for Abramovich as Ranieri's walk came to an end a few weeks later.
50 Years of Chelsea: 2003-2004 Pt 1
Stamford Chidge & Jonathan Kydd are joined by Chelsea authors Mark Meehan and Mark Worrall to look back at Chelsea's 2003-04 season.On July 1st 2003, Chelsea and English football changed for ever. Roman Abramovich bought debt ridden Chelsea for £60m and then embarked on the biggest spending spree ever seen; £111m on 11 players including Glen Johnson; Wayne Bridge; Damien Duff; Geremi; Juan Sebastien Veron; Joe Cole; Adrian Mutu; Hernan Crespo and Claude Makalele. Surely this woudl mean a serious tilt at Chelsea's first league title since 1955?Claudio Ranieri remained manager and he must have felt like a kid in a sweet shop. The new look Chelsea started well with their first surprise defeat at home to Besiktas in the Champions' League and a less surprising but routinely disappointing defeat away to Arsenal in October. Nevertheless, Chelsea were top of the league in October and November with some impressive wins against Newcastle and Man Utd in the league and a 4-0 drubbing away to Lazio in the Champions League.However, December brought a couple of blips with the 2-1 defeat at home to Bolton and 4-2 defeat at Charlton which left Chelsea in 3rd at the end of the year. We had also been knocked out of the Carling Cup by Aston Villa who were third from bottom at the time.This was not what Roman Abramovich expected having spent a fortune on players, even though Chelsea had accrued their biggest points total ever for that stage of the season. Rumours abounded that Abramovich, aided by new Chief Executive Peter Kenyon were on the look out for a new manager, not helped with Sven Goran Erikson spotted next to Abramovich in the director's box. Maybe Ranieri had too many good players to choose from and as ever, could not resist the urge to tinker?All this while the best performing players were all players who were at the Club before Abramovich arrived, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Frank Lampard and John Terry all prominent.So, all to play for in the second half of the season, but could Chelsea hunt down Arsenal, who, ominously had yet to be beaten in the season thus far.
“From SALT to Salzburg” Chelsea FanCast #929
Stamford Chidge & Jonathan Kydd are joined by Clayton Beerman to look back at Graham Potter's first game in charge against Salzburg and Todd Boehly getting salty in New York.In part one we discuss Todd Boehly's interview at the SALT Conference in New York this week. This is the first we’ve heard on the 'Boehly Plan'; should he have spoken to the football media & supporters first rather than a bunch of financiers and businessmen? Was there equivocation regarding a return to the ESL? Why all the furore about the All-Star game and is the multi-club model a good idea?In part two we look back at Chelsea's oh so familiar 1-1 draw in the Champions' League against Salzburg. Potter's team selection and formation raised a few eyebrows and while there was more energy, as expected, chances were squandered and defensive frailties cost us. It all seemed a bit 'meet the new boss, same as the old boss'. With Mount looking back to his old self and Broja impressing as a substitute there may be the first seeds of hope, but how long will it take Potter to mould this side into something resembling a successful Chelsea side and can he deliver Top 4 to Boehly? We wrap up with some great emails to read out.
“Is Graham Potter Magic?” Chelsea FanCast #928
Stamford Chidge & Jonathan Kydd are joined by Mark Meehan to reflect on the weeks Chelsea news and preview the Champions' League match against Salzburg on Wednesday night.On the show tonight, in part one, we discuss Tommy T’s farewell message, the Club’s absent PR and Boehly blowing money on managers, like, er Roman. And how can Boehly make Chelsea more successful like they keep saying they will?In part two, we look ahead to the Champions’ League match against Salzburg on Wednesday. We take a look at Potter’s likely team selection, ask who are Salzburg and discuss how we see the match going.In part three, we have no less than 7 fantastic emails mainly about the whole Boehly, Tuchel and Potter saga.
Chelsea FanCast #927 'Auf Wiedersehen Tommy T'
Stamford Chidge & Jonathan Kydd are joined by Alex Churchill and Adam Newson from Football.London to discuss what led up to Thomas Tuchel leaving Chelsea and will Graham Potter's appointment deliver the success the owners want.In part one, we ask if Thomas Tuchel's sacking was inevitable with the relationsip with the new owners irreconcilable? Was it down to the owner's naievity and interference? How culpable was Tuchel and what was the players role? We also pay tribute to Tuchel's 19 months at the club and the legacy he leaves.In part two, we discuss Graham Potter's appointment as manager. Is Potter the answer? He's good potentially but unproven at elite level. What should Potter's priorities be and what can we expect from him in terms of players and playing style. And finally we ask is the owner's long term vision for the club compatible with success and what actually is the long term vision?
Went To Mow Kingsmeadow- Episode 83- Season Preview
For the first podcast of the 2022/23 season, Dean is joined by Jay Woolmington and Mia Eriksson to preview the upcoming season. We discuss; transfers, pre-season form, tactics, assess our WSL rivals and give some predictions of our own, plus much more! Follow Mia on Twitter @Mia_Eriksson and @TheirPitch and Jay @JayWoolmington and @WAGNP_CFC Subscribe to all Dean's Chelsea FC W articles @ HonestlyChelseaFCWYou can find more information about the Women's Football Fan Collective on Twitter @wffancollective. To join our fantasy football league head to ShePlays | Fantasy Football Competition and enter the league code WTMKCFCTo listen to our special series, My Daughter The Professional, sign up today at- https://www.patreon.com/wenttomowkingsmeadow Subscribe to our YouTube channel- https://www.youtube. com/channel/UCK8K2nPoZlH0xqVP_W1I-DQJoin our Discord community via this link https://discord.gg/jVbHw2dJzKFollow us on Twitter @MowKingsmeadow, Dean @DeanMears, Jane @JaneChappellx and Dayne @dwhitt9You can follow us on Instagram @wenttomowkingsmeadow