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Chelsea extend stadium use agreement with Aldershot Town

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As we slowly make (or not make, as it were) progress on the two stadium projects in which Chelsea are involved, the club have acted to extend the current partnership with Aldershot Town for another season, to a fifth year, for the use of their stadium for select Chelsea Academy matches.

Both the Development Squad (U23 and previously U21), the U19 European squad (when applicable), and the U18s (especially in FA Youth Cup games) often use the EBB Stadium as our home ground.  That's actually true in more than just the nominative sense, as the pitch of the stadium is the actual old pitch from Stamford Bridge that was replaced in 2014.

Chelsea have an agreement in place with AFC Wimbledon for the purchase of their old ground Kingsmeadow for the use of the Academy and the Chelsea Ladies team, but that's contingent on Wimbledon themselves moving into their new stadium at Plough Lane, which probably won't be happening for another year and half.

Meanwhile, Chelsea's own stadium re-build seems to be lingering about somewhere in limbo, waiting on whatever latest consultations and reviews we must go through to finally get the local council's approval.

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