The Oddest Football Shirts Of All Time 

I’ve recently embarked on selling some of my old shirts. Difficult decisions being made as many have memories and sentimental value that stops me even considering parting with them. One such shirt is my Chelsea Away Shirt circa 1994-96. Yes, that odd tangerine and graphite number donned by Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes amongst others. Also selling this beaut 

Here are a few others that have sparked debate. Iconic or eyesore?

Just what were Arsenal thinking with this creation in 1991? I suppose as League Champions they were allowed to do what they like.

 Stoke City may have upstaged that with this 1993 away shirt

Next up is quite well known and often mentioned in these type of discussions. Yes, it’s Norwich City. I always think of Jeremy Goss in Munich when I see this.

Finally an eyesore before it’s time. Yes it’s Coventry City’s somewhat famous brown kit from 1979 to 1981

There are plenty of other eyesores. Comment below and send us your pics.


Morata Answers His Critics And Why Costa Won’t Be Missed

It’s been a big week for Chelsea Football Club as the Diego Costa saga finally looks to be coming to an end. I won’t go into the whole episode as it’s dragged on for some time now and most Chelsea fans are pleased that it is coming to an end

Diego played a huge part in securing two League titles in three years and for that I, like most blues fans will be eternally grateful. However, it’s been obvious he doesn’t want to be at Stamford Bridge and his petulance was often his Achilles heel as well as being what made him his snarling best at times.  so it’s ‘Adios Amigo’ and best of luck.

Now there’s a new kid on the block…Alvaro Morata. The fellow spaniard has made a decent start for Chelsea with 3 goals in his opening 5 games in the Premier League. Following the Costa sale many pundits and experts asked the question as to the whether the former Real Madrid man could emulate his predecessor? It was also noticeable that he had scored all 3 goals with his head. 

Well, yesterday at Stoke City’s Bet 365 Stadium he answered those uncertainties with a display that even the staunch Morata backers wouldn’t have expected. A fine hatrick that showed his finishing ability is of the highest order and all 3 with his feet I must add. It brings his total for the season to 6 in 6 games and shows he has settled into the Stamford Bridge fold perfectly.

Costa gave passion and power and some will argue the Brazilian born striker is a better finisher. Morata on the other hand still needs to adjust to the physical nature of the Premier League. He’s a very different player to Costa and if I had to liken him to anybody, it would be another famous Spanish striker who donned the number 9 shirt at Stamford Bridge… Fernando Torres. Now before you shout “What you on about?” Despite the obvious link, I’m talking more about the Torres that graced Anfield. Pace and a great finishing ability as shown by Alvaro’s 2nd goal yesterday.

It’s still early days as to whether Morata will turn out to be a prize asset and a suitable replacement, but for now it looks a great bit of business as reports suggest Chelsea are making around £58m on the sale of Costa. Which is pretty much the down payment made for Morata. Add-ons being subject to his success could make the fee rise to £70m. So potentially the blues have sold a player 4 years older and replaced him with a fresh young player full of experience but still with plenty of potential who could lead the line for a good few years to come at potentially the paultry difference of £12m. A great bit of business and well done to the powers that be at Stamford Bridge for not giving in to the reported demands of Costa and the fees offered by Atletico.

What do you think… Will Morata prove to be a great bit of business and a perfect replacement? 

Comment below with your thoughts…

Will Klopp Get The Chop?

It’s still early days with a lot of football to come this season, but the pressure does appear to be mounting on the German.

The reds midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City has certainly brought out some criticism to be aimed at the former Dortmund boss. However, is it justified?

It’s been nearly two years since Klopp took over the reins at Anfield. A club that is full of expectancy but have rarely lived up their title of Big guns in recent years. The Merseyside club have become the butt of many a joke owing to their last title success coming 1990. They have of course claimed domestic cup success and have the magic of Istanbul to look back on during that period. However, what the fans crave is a Premier League title.

Managers have come and gone and that day in October 2015 saw a new wave of hope and expectancy on the red half of Merseyside. 

Jurgen Klopp arrived with a decent CV and reds fans finally felt they had found the man to realise their dreams. 

Taking over from the much maligned Brendan Rodgers, the big German put together two great cup runs reaching both the League Cup and Europa League Finals. ‘So close, yet so far’ and despite a disappointing 8th placed premier league finish the foundations had been laid and things were shaping up nicely. 

The 2016/17 season saw an improvement from a league prospective with champions league qualification from a 4th place finish. A run to the League Cup semi finals also showed the club could combine a healthy league campaign with a cup run. 

This season has seen a difficult start for Klopp and his redmen. A point on the opening day at Watford was followed by a narrow victory at home to Palace. Qualification to the Champions League group stages and a convincing 4-0 win at home to Arsenal looked to be setting the wheels in motion. However, a home draw against Sevilla in Europe and Burnley in the premier league have left the Anfield faithful frustrated. Add the heavy defeat at Man City and elimination from the League Cup and you can see why the pressure is mounting.

I personally think it’s too soon to wield the axe, but football can be a fickle sport and you have to wonder whether FSG may consider a change is needed as soon as possible. A lot hangs on this weekend when Liverpool once again face a trip to Leicester. Will #kloppout be trending on Twitter again?

What do you think? Is Klopp’s time as reds boss coming to an end? If so who could replace him? 

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly…. A Blues View

It’s always difficult to take any positives or negatives from a goalless draw. Especially at home where it feels as if you’ve dropped vital points. But nevertheless I’ve given it a go.

Today saw Chelsea face Arsenal in a titanic London derby. Chelsea have been in good form after the opening day horror show against Burnley. Meanwhile a mixed start from Arsenal has seen the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade reappear.

So, it wasn’t the most entertaining game and from a Chelsea point of view very frustrating. In the first half the blues lacked any cohesion, but improved during the 2nd half but still lacked the potency to snatch the 3 points. 

The plus points must start with another welcome clean sheet for Tibaut Courtois. The Belgian has been a target for criticism from some quarters, but although not overly troubled it will surely be a huge confidence boost.

Gary Cahill: Another to receive a fair bit of abuse recently. I personally think Gary has been a great servant and deserves more respect. However, it is fair to say that has days as a permanent starter may be coming to an end.

Cesc Fabregas: Cesc will a bit of a luxury player in my opinion. I’ve been a big fan of his and he arrives with a bang during the 2014/15 season. His assists record talks for itself. The decline with the Spaniard is typified by his lack of work rate. He simply doesn’t work as part of a 2 man midfield. He rarely tackles back and Kante looks exposed alongside him. If we’re chasing a game his inventive going forward is paramount to our success in the final third, but even that was lacking today.

Victor Moses: I like the Nigerian international a lot. He does seem to have lost his mojo somewhat though. Converting him into a wing back was a act of genius from Conte. We haven’t really seen the best of him in that role for some time now though and the early signs of Davide Zappacosta shows me that Moses really has to up his game to keep his place in the starting XI.

I’m not one to talk about referees and it’s fair to say he got the red card right. He does like many others lack consistency. Too many niggly fouls went unpunished whilst other challenges that seemed like nothing warranted a booking from Mr Oliver.

Eden Hazard’s return is a huge plus. He showed today in his cameo performance of 20 minutes that he will soon be back to his best. Welcome back Eden.

Tiemoue Bakayoko: His 2nd half performance today was his best yet in a Chelsea shirt. He has been recovering from injury and adapting to the premier league in all fairness, but today he showed fight and an ability going forward as well as tackling back that makes him the perfect partner for N’Golo Kante as part of a two man central misfield. 

I haven’t included David Luiz as a pro or a con as I thought he was excellent before the ‘Rush of blood’ moment. It was rash and he deserved to go. I did think he was one of the best on the pitch before that though.

Their were other not so good performances today and at times the blues looked lacklustre. At the end of the day it’s a long old season and a lot will have been learned today. 

So are there any other positives and negatives that you can take from today’s game?

Please comment below with your thoughts…

A Quick Chat With…..

A Quick Chat is a new idea that I wish to add to the blog. It’s an exciting project where I hope to be able to have a ‘quick chat’ with former players and others associated with the beautiful game asking them some simple questions about their career and what they are doing now

The first instalment will be coming up soon. So keep an eye out here and follow us on Twitter 

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10 Players Currently Without A Club…. 

It’s incredible to think that after all the excitement of the transfer window that here we are a whole two weeks later and there are still some well known names without a club. 

Whether it’s wage demands, environment, fitness or simply a lack of interest that is stopping them finding a club is anyone’s guess. 

Here is a list of players who surely should have a contract and a pen being thrust in front of them soon enough…..

1. Joleon Lescott

Joleon has recently turned 35, but surely his wealth of experience from his days at Wolves, Everton and Manchester City will see him earn a deal somewhere soon. Capped 26 times for England, he was most recently at Sunderland.

2.Guiseppe Rossi

The 30 year old American born Italian started at Manchester United having come through the youth ranks at Old Trafford. Although he didn’t become a permanent fixture, he did go on to star for Villareal as well as a spell at Fiorentina. Short loans spells back in Spain are yet to secure him a permanent deal. He does boast 30 caps for Italy.

3. Rickie Lambert

Having made his name in the football league. The Liverpool born hitman first came into the public eye after impressing for Southampton. A dream move to his home town club was short lived. But he has enjoyed spells at West Brom and Cardiff since. Lambert also gained 11 England caps.

4. Jose Antonio Reyes

 The 34 year old has bags of experience and success under his belt as he lists Sevilla (twice) Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Benfica and more recently  Espanyol as former clubs. 21 caps adds to the Spaniards glowing CV.

5. Abou Diaby

 Now 31, the former Arsenal midfielder has spent the last 2 years back in his homeland with Marseille

6. Mathieu Flamini

 The Frenchman has enjoyed a fruitful career that’s included 2 spells in North London with Arsenal, separated by 5 years at AC Milan. He spent last year at Crystal Palace but found appearances hard to come by.

7. Shay Given

The Irishman is now 41 and will not have a lot of time left in him as a professional. But goalkeepers do tend to have a more prolonged career in comparison to outfield players. Shay has a lot of experience to call on having made his name at Newcastle. He went on to experience success at Man City and enjoyed other spells in the top flight with Aston Villa and Stoke City. In addition he was capped no fewer than 134 times by the Republic of Ireland.

8. Joe Ledley

The 30 year old Welsh international midfielder has recently been released by Crystal Palace. Capped 73 times, the former Cardiff man has plenty left in him to continue to play at the top level.

9. Jay Spearing

 The former Liverpool man is still only 28 and having most recently been at Bolton Wanderers he will surely find a club at a similar level soon after failing to agree terms on a new deal.

10. Matty Fryatt

 Now 31 the striker has plenty of experience in England’s top 2 divisions after spells with Leicester City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest. 134 career goals suggests he could still do a job in the football league.

So would you like to see any of these players plying their trade at your club? 

Comment below on your thoughts…

It Might Cost You, Diego!

Diego Costa is certainly an acquired taste amongst football fans. There is no doubt he scores goals and that’s exactly what you want from a striker. 

This summer has certainly been a dramatic one for the Brazilian born hitman after the Antonio Conte text allegations. His self-imposed extended holiday in his motherland hasn’t done him any favours at all. His fitness has suffered and his relationship with Chelsea soured further. 

His time at the blues has at times been filled with controversy due to his style. His no nonsense firey approach has split opinion, but would you want him any other way? It’s what makes him the player he is after all. 

His desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid has been evident for some time and isn’t a secret to fans down at SW6. He has continually flirted with a return to Spain and a move looked likely on deadline day.. However an agreement failed to ultimately be found between the clubs as Chelsea were reported holding out for £50m. Surely in the current market that is a snip despite Conte not wanting him anymore. 

Some will argue that the Chelsea boss was in the wrong after the text message, but I must say with Costa’s form I’m not surprised by the Italians decision. The fallout in January over a move to China was only the latest instalment in the Diego Costa saga at the time.

So what next for the adopted Spaniard. Will he get his dream reunion with Diego Simone? Well, January is obviously now the earliest he can make his desired move back to the Spanish capital. In the meantime he has looked likely to remain on Chelsea’s payroll until then. However rumours this morning are suggesting a possible move to Turkish giants Fenerbache. Media outlets in that part of the world are reporting a loan deal until the next window with his parent club paying 75% of his wages. Being a World Cup year it’s imperative that he gets games under his belt. Having been dropped for the recent qualifiers it could well be a struggle anyway. Do Chelsea owe him that privilege? No they don’t. His other options are simple really. Apologise to the blues hierarchy and fight for his place? Unlikely as Conte seems certain he doesn’t want Costa to return. That leaves him possibly training alone or with the youth team for the next 4 month’s. The final option is of course a move to Turkey, whose transfer window slams shut tomorrow.

So Diego, your behaviour may cost you a World Cup place. It’s over to you Mr Costa. Only time will tell.

What do you think would be his best option?

What are your thoughts on the whole saga?