With football on hiatus and We Ain’t Got No History slowing approaching our tenth (10th!) birthday, I figured it might be as good a time as any to start looking back on some of our recent Chelsea memories.
Here are a few that stood out from March 19 (timezones may change that a bit, but I’m trying to keep it within the European & North American frame; sorry, rest of the world).
Fabio Capello decided to reinstate John Terry as England captain after stripping him of the armband thirteen months prior, following the whole tabloid scandal involving Wayne Bridge. Whatever did or didn’t happen between the two former Chelsea teammates and any of their ex-girlfriends is entirely their business, but Capello ensured that it became part of the national conversation by elevating it in importance, and creating a divide in the team.
A disappointing 2010 World Cup and many hurt feelings later, the armband was back with JT ... but less than a year later, it would be stripped again, following the allegations of racial abuse. Capello, who once took the armband from Terry, now resigned over The FA’s decision to do the same. Strange times indeed.
Even though he has been unable to feature under Lampard at all due to the Achilles injury, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been lumped in with the rest of Frankie’s Fledglings making waves this season — at long last! It should be remembered however, that for a long time prior to that, Ruben had been fighting that good fight mostly by himself. After all, he is 24 these days already.
But in 2015, he had just turned 19 and had many fawning over his unique combination of skill, size, and strength. Chelsea were strongly linked with Paul Pogba at the time, but friend of the blog Joe Tweeds argued that Lewisham Ballack could save us those millions, and then some, in his wonderful profile of Loftus-Cheek.
It wouldn’t come true for a while, but we can rest assured that RLC has saved us those €60-70m at least twice over already. And he’s only just getting started.
We take great pains in forgetting the 2015-16 season, which is probably why we don’t remember that there was a game where Cesc Fàbregas scored a brace. That it happened in a 2-2 draw at the Bridge against West Ham is yet another reason it’s not well-remembered. Sorry, Cesc!
This time last year, Tammy Abraham was pouring in the goals for Aston Villa in the Championship, and dreaming of doing the same for Chelsea. But he wasn’t just idly dreaming, he was setting goals. That led me to speculate that Chelsea could very well enter the season with Abraham, Giroud, and Batshuayi as our three strikers.
As it turns out, we were both correct.
“That’s the aim going into next season. As a young kid, I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea. I always believe that. I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”
-Tammy Abraham; March, 2019
And indeed he has.