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August 6, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 08/06/2012

With Olympic fever consuming London as records tumble and gold flows across the nation, the start of the football season has approached with all the stealth of a Lockheed Bomber. There are just days to go until English football’s traditional curtain raiser, the FA Community Shield, yet talk has been at a premium with the advent of the Premier League currently flying under the radar.

July 16, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 07/16/2012

Due to the murky nature of the allegations and the sensitive nature of the case, this blog had hoped to steer clear of the recent John Terry trial. However, having monitored every element of the proceedings on a minute-by-minute basis and seen the extreme reactions to the not guilty verdict, an opinion had to be ventured.

July 11, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 07/11/2012

While the furore surrounding John Terry's date in court dominates the headlines, a notable admission from Roberto Di Matteo has caught this blog's eye.

July 4, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 07/04/2012

With Euro 2012 having finished the world's attention will once again switch to domestic matters. But before events in Poland and Ukraine fade into black and white, let's assess the impact that the Chelsea contingent made upon the tournament.

June 12, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 06/12/2012

After watching the first matches of the 2012 European Championships, one sentiment has echoed around press conferences and television studios with regard to the approach demanded from the underdogs in the tournament . It’s called ‘doing a Chelsea’.

June 5, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 06/05/2012

The last 15 years have seen Chelsea emerge from being a mid-table top flight team into a club renowned around the world. The last step on that path was taken when the European Cup was hoisted aloft by Frank Lampard and co on a heady night in Munich.

May 28, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 05/28/2012

Lifting the European Cup for the very first time should be a cause for unbounded joy and delirium. For Chelsea fans the 19th May 2012 was a date that evoked those very emotions yet in the days afterwards there was a tinge of sadness appended to this chapter in the club’s history - the departure of Didier Drogba.

May 21, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 05/21/2012

Chelsea - Champions of Europe. Sounds good doesn't it?

Yet although I saw it happen in Munich and then made it back to London for the parade on Sunday, it still seems so unreal. I've read countless articles and watched the match again and while I know it happened, there remains part of me that can't quite get my head round it.

May 16, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 05/16/2012

Manchester City may have won the Premier League title in the most dramatic manner since Michael Thomas stole the championship for Arsenal in the dying seconds at Anfield in 1989 and England manager Roy Hodgson might have selected an attacking player without a single league goal or assist this season in his Euro 2012 squad in the shape of Stewart Downing, but if you are a Chelsea fan there is only one thing that dominates your thoughts – the Champions League final.

May 12, 2012
Posted by Phil Lythell on 05/12/2012

The recent double-header against Liverpool may have resulted in a 5-3 aggregate loss but there cannot be any doubt as to which was the happier team after the completion of the two matches.

Phil Lythell Phil Lythell is a Chelsea season ticket holder and lifelong Blues supporter stretching back to the sepia-tinted days of Kerry Dixon and Pat Nevin. Author of Chelsea-centric blog, Phil has spent his entire life living within a 20 minute walk of Stamford Bridge which has cost him a fortune but has also kept him from those interminable queues outside Fulham Broadway Station giving him more time in the pub to discuss the latest glorious/calamitous/insipid match.

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