Full recording of the Pat Nevin Q&A at the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust SGM held in October…
After the recent Chelsea Supporters’ Trust SGM, we were delighted at have former Chelsea player, Pat Nevin as our special guest.
Pat Nevin is one of Chelsea’s most loved former players and graced the Stamford Bridge pitch with his style and flair in the 1980’s.
Pat is now a respected and insightful football pundit working predominantly with BBC Radio 5 Live and many Chelsea supporters will have read his erudite blogs in ChelseaFC.com.
Pat talked about his career with Chelsea and gave us his thoughts on the current Chelsea side, modern football and working in the media.
The full Q&A can be heard here:
On Saturday 30 September a short service will take place to mark the placing of a memorial stone on the grave of Jack Whitley at Brompton Cemetery. The grave for Whitley, who died in 1955, was previously unmarked and funding for the stone was raised by a crowdfunding campaign organised by the Chelsea Supporters Trust.
Before the unveiling ceremony, there will be a guided tour of Chelsea related graves at 11.00 am held by Chelsea Historian Rick Glanvill. If you want to go on the tour meet at the North Entrance to the Cemetery (nearest to West Brompton tube).
The ceremony to unveil the memorial and inscription will be held at at 12.00 pm at the grave. Everyone is welcome to attend both the tour and ceremony.
Jack Whitley’s grave can be found at the north-east corner of Brompton Cemetery and is a 5 minute walk from West Brompton station. The 74 and 430 bus’ stop just outside of the cemetery entrance.
Thanks to the remarkable generosity of Chelsea supporters – and those of other clubs, including Everton and Manchester United – the target of £5,500 was raised within weeks.
Descendants of Jack were traced and several family members will be present at the service, as well as the match later that day against Manchester City, the special guests of Chelsea FC.
For almost half of his life Jack was a wonderful servant of Chelsea FC. He signed as a goalkeeper from Lincoln in 1907 and kept a clean sheet on his debut against Newcastle United 110 years ago this month – the new club’s first win in the top flight.
After retiring as a player in 1914 he became “Mr Chelsea”: the first team trainer, responsible for all areas of coaching and fitness, with a big role in player liaison and transfer negotiations. He was also trainer of the England team on several occasions – the de facto manager of the national side.
After 32 years at the Bridge, new manager Willie Birrell decided to freshen up the back room staff and Jack was let go in 1939. He eventually moved to Hertfordshire, where he was to die in 1955 – a few months after his beloved Blues won the league championship for the first time. Having committed so much of his life to the Stamford Bridge club it was fitting that he should be buried just across the tracks from the stadium – a fact that only came to light recently as a result of new research by official Chelsea historian Rick Glanvill.
Jack has earned a unique distinction in Chelsea history. Not only did he serve the club for more than three decades, but he is the only known footballer to be buried at Brompton Cemetery.
The Royal Parks green-space, adjacent to Stamford Bridge, is also the final resting place of former directors, supporters, a chairman, and a manager of the club. All the graves there are tended by the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust’s cemetery clean-up group, run by Cliff Auger, and the Trust has overseen the process of placing a stone on the Whitley grave in conjunction with Glanvill.
Chelsea Supporters Trust Chairman, David Chidgey said: “We are proud to be associated with the campaign to provide a fitting memorial to Jack Whitley, a loyal servant of Chelsea FC. Furthermore we are very grateful for the generosity of Chelsea supporters who donated to the campaign so readily. It proves unquestionably that the bond between supporters and players remains as strong as ever.”
We would like to thank all those who kindly donated money towards the fund, whatever the amount, and express our gratitude to Milestone Memorials, Royal Parks, the Friends of Brompton Cemetery, and Chelsea FC, for helping to make this happen.
Click here for a breakdown of how the £5,500 was spent.
Members attending our recent AGM on 13th August 2016 and who were able to hang around, were treated to one of fine Chelsea journalist Dan Levene‘s popular Chelsea quizzes, lovingly prepared especially for the event. Alas, an orange airline who shall remain nameless almost conspired to prevent our very own Bamber Gascoigne (ask your parents!) from attending. Thankfully board member Debbie Coady was there to kick proceedings off while Dan flew in and rushed across London to join us in time for round 2.
A very enjoyable quiz, with a range of questions of varying difficulty and from different eras of Chelsea’s history. The Chelsea Fancast team were there to defend their crown but it was the Chelsea Penioners who triumphed this year and who were awarded the coveted trophy.
Well done to all who came along and took part, and thanks also to the guys at Stamford Bridge who allowed us use of the room and provided light refreshments. And a big thank you to Dan Levene for spending some considerable time compiling the quiz questions as well as his sterling efforts to get there.
Would you like to give the quiz a go? The questions are reproduced below and both the questions and answers can be downloaded at the end of the page.
Q1 Whose refereeing did Didier Drogba brand a ‘f***ing disgrace’?
Q2 A Daily Telegraph investigations last month found that Stamford Bridge was overrun with rare species of what?
Q3 In terms of win percentage, who is the least successful manager in the history of Chelsea? (Min 20 games).
Q4 And who is the most successful? (Min 20 games).
Q5 True or false: Chelsea have an official whisky partner in Myanmar?
Q6 In the modern era of squad numbering, who was Chelsea’s first ever number nine?
Q7 What is the postcode of Stamford Bridge?
Q8 Which player has been named as a substitute for The Blues more than any other?
Q9 When Chelsea won the title in 2014/15, they had three ever-present PL players. Name them.
Q10 ‘Stamford bridge to Wembely! Step by step in harmony! Have a drink! It’s party time! Chelsea! Chelsea! You are mine!’ What is the song?
Q1 After Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham in May, what four-word hashtag did John Terry place on Instagram?
Q2 Only one man has taken more than 10 penalties for Chelsea, and scored them all. Who?
Q3 Who will Chelsea face in the group stages of their first ever season in the EFL Trophy?
Q4 On 29th January 1969, Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth round replay against Preston North End, at Stamford Bridge, was abandoned in the 76th minute. For what reason?
Q5 Known to us simply as ‘Oscar’, what is his full name?
Q6 Gavin Peacock can often be found preaching the word of The Lord on Twitter, but in which country does he hold his church services?
Q7 Chelsea famously wore a grey and orange away kit in 1994-95, but how were those colours officially described my the manufacturers?
Q8 True or false: Chelsea have trademarked the use of the club name for sole use by them in connection with the production of breakfast cereals, including porridge?
Q9 Chelsea famously faced Jeunesse Hautcharage in the 1971/72 Cup Winners Cup. Were their opponents lacking (a) a full set of arms, or (b) a full set of eyes?
Q10 In 1982, from who did Chelsea sign David Speedie?
Q1 Chelsea have only ever played competitively against one side beginning with the letter ‘Z’. Who?
Q2 Chelsea have twice scored eight goals in a league match, but only once scored nine. Who were the unfortunate opponents?
Q3 When Chelsea beat Everton at Stamford Bridge in their last title-winning season, the only goal was awarded to Frank Lampard by the dubious goals panel. Who did they take it away from?
Q4 In the current set-up, which of Stamford Bridge’s four stands has the greatest capacity?
Q5 Which Chelsea player was honoured as a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix?
Q6 In terms of played, won, drawn, lost – what is Chelsea’s all time competitive record against Real Madrid?
Q7 Chelsea were involved in both of the two fastest FA Cup final goals. Who were the scorers?
Q8 Who holds the club record for scoring most league goals in a single season?
Q9 Why did Chelsea wear red shirts on 13th November 1945?
Q10 What is the lowest position Chelsea have ever finished in the Football League?
Q1 On 5th May 1982, Chelsea attracted their smallest ever crowd for a post-war league match at Stamford Bridge. Who were the opponents?
Q2 Who were the opponents in the first match played by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge?
Q3 Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech all went without one, but a Chelsea physio had not one but two testimonials. What was his name?
Q4 Chelsea lost to Juventus in an August 2002 pre-season game, by what unusual means?
Q5 True or false: Petr Cech is a twin?
Q6 Who said: “It was a 50-50 tackle… We clashed shins and: crack. I heard it go – it went right round the ground. I thought – ‘Bo**ocks!”
Q7 Whose hugely valuable, and somewhat contentious will was witnessed by Glenn Hoddle, plus a London taxi driver.
Q8 Who was the only Chelsea player to fail to score his penalty in the 2012 Champions League final?
Q9 In 1898, Stamford Bridge hosted a world cup final – in which sport?
Q10 Chelsea’s Full Members Cup triumph in 1986 came just 24 hours after the team won a league game at The Dell. The team was unchanged but for one name – who missed out?
And for our picture round, name the players:
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Download the quiz questions and answers here:
The Windsor and Royal Borough Museum, at the request of Cllr Ed Wilson, has put a small display together commemorating the life of Chelsea legend, Peter Osgood. The exhibition, based at Dedworth Library on Smiths Lane, Windsor, SL4 5PE, will officially open on Saturday the 13th August at 12:00, with light refreshments being served in the ‘Community Room’ from 11:30.
The mayor will be in attendance and, of course, all Chelsea fans are invited along. The exhibition runs until December 2016.