Welcome to the ‘winter’ newsletter. We hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and are managing to keep warm in the bitter winter weather. Mind you, if you read the press at the moment it might make you hot under the collar with Chelsea apparently in crisis and about to part company with Antonio Conte, in spite of being 4th in the league, in the FA Cup and with Barcelona to play in the Champions’ League (correct at time of writing!). Crisis, what crisis?
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This Saturday, 10th March, marks the 113th anniversary of the founding of Chelsea Football Club. To mark the occasion, Chelsea Supporters Trust has organised a guided tour of Chelsea F.C. related graves with club historian Rick Glanvill, followed by wreath laying at the Mears family memorial.
The tour is open to all Chelsea Supporters Trust members. If you’re not already a member, please take a look at our Membership page to find our more about which levels of memberships are available or sign up on the day. If you’d like to attend, please meet at the Visitors Centre at 12.15pm (this is located near the West Brompton station end of the cemetery).
If you’re not able to join us on Saturday, you can download your own walking guide of the Chelsea F.C. related graved located in Brompton Cemetery from the Official Website. Chelsea Supporters Trust also organises regular visits to the cemetery to maintain the Chelsea graves – information about when these take place are posted on Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow us if you’re interested!
Last year, Chelsea Supporters Trust launched an initiative to assist supporters using subsidised transport, which Chelsea F.C. generously provides, to reach home. Many supporters have significant journeys to make when coaches or trains arrive back at Stamford Bridge or mainline rail stations and this can be particularly difficult following evening games, where connecting rail or tube services may be unavailable.
Using Twitter, CST would like to help facilitate contact between supporters who may be able to share lifts or taxis to their homes. To take part, we suggest supporters use the following hashtags:
Those on the club train: #cfctrain then add their preferred destination
Those travelling on club coaches: #cfccoach then add coach number and preferred destination
For example someone on the club train looking to share transport towards Sutton after the Huddersfield game could tweet “#cfctrain Sutton”. People travelling towards nearby locations can then connect via Direct Message (DM) to arrange to meet up. Please note it is necessary for both people to follow each other on Twitter to be able to DM each other.
Hopefully use of these hashtags will help facilitate communication and will make supporters journeys home from the point club transport ends less costly and inconvenient. We appreciate any feedback supporters have of ways to improve this service! Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @ChelseaSTrust
A big thank you to supporters who have donated food and money at our collections for Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank at the past two home games. Chelsea Supporters Trust will be continuing to collect donations before the Chelsea v Southampton game on Saturday 16th December and the Chelsea v Bournemouth game on Wednesday 20th December.
The Foodbank gives three days of emergency food to local individuals and families in crisis. As well as receiving 3 days supply of food, clients who attend any of the 3 foodbanks in the local area also received professional advice and a listening ear. They anticipate to provide 80,000 to 100,000 meals to local residents this year.
If you are able to, we would be grateful if supporters could consider donating to the collection, which will be located at the cfcuk stall, before the match, opposite the Fulham Broadway Shopping Centre on the Fulham Road. Whilst all donations will be gratefully received, the Foodbank is in particular need of the following items:
- Tinned Fruit
- Tinned Vegetables
- Tinned Meat
- Long Life Milk
- Long Life Juice
- Tinned Rice Pudding/Sponge Pudding
- Tinned Tomatoes/Pasta Sauce
They have also politely requested that donations of baked beans, tea and pasta are avoided as these items are in good supply at the Foodbanks.