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A tale of Chelsea

During my time here on WAGNH I've read atleast a couple of FanPosts written by fans who decided to share how they came to support the Mighty Blues, so I thought I'd do the same. Tell me if I start to bore you ;)

Let's get started then! I will make it relatively quick.

It's all in the family. Londoner born and bred to the age of six, my family were a big working class bunch who rented an old Victorian house in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, or "Chelsea and Ken" for short. My grandmother, Barbara Lovell's side of the family were QPR supporters by trade, two of my great uncle's working part-time as ball-boys at Loftus Road. Even to this day my nan lives so close to the stadium you can quite clearly hear when a goal goes in.

But that all changed when my grandfather Thomas 'Tommy' Smith made the journey down from Scotland to live in London in the late 30's and later work as street cleaner. As you might be able to tell from my username, I was named after him.

Shortly after he arrived in London he had a rather difficult decision to make: which football team he would support. Arsenal were a good bet, but seeing as he resided in West London he decided to narrow down the choice between The Blues and The Rangers. Not counting Brentford obviously because they're shit. As a Scotsman, the "Queen" in QPR's name bothered him slightly, typically having that famous Scottish distaste for royalty. The deep blue of Chelsea matched that of the Scottish flag, so he chose the Blues. He and my Uncle were to become the only Chelsea supporters in my family, causing quite the rift with my grandmother's side later when they would marry.

Something I think is extremely sad however, is that the last time he saw Chelsea lift the title was in the 1950's. He died in 2003, aged 74.

My Uncle, however, got to see Chelsea lift their first title in 50 years. Sadly though, shortly after this he also died in 2007. He passed me down this memorabilia plate that still sits under my bed:

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Also this, rather dodgy looking blue and yellow scarf that I absolutely love:

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I'm 19 years old now, so I was a child when both of them died, and no-one alive in my family follows football these days. Hopefully one day I will somehow reproduce with a human female and give rise to up to 40 Chelsea supporting offspring to carry on the Blue Line.

KTBFFH and Good day!

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