CHELSEA FC: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY is not a dry, boring history but instead goes to the heart of what gives the club its personality. The author has access to all the key characters, including Mourinho, Abramovitch and the star players, plus legendary names of the past and the varied voices of backroom staff, boarding house landladies and players who never made it. All have a story to tell. The author addresses all the controversies, including: the near suffocation through lack of cash in the 1970s and in 2002; the impact of Abramovitch's money and whether it might corrupt the club's soul; the club and fans response to racism; how the hooliganism which dogged Chelsea for years has been tackled. On the lighter side, Chelsea is regarded as the country's glamour club, and fashions, good and dreadful, will feature alongside celebrity fans and the worlds of art and music. And then there is the football at the core of it all, creating moments of huge tension and excitement. Years of under-achievement now sit alongside the imminent emergence of Chelsea's most successful period in the past century.
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The only official publication to celebrate 100 years of this fascinating, controversial and glamorous football clubAbout the Author:
A Chelsea fan for almost forty years, Rick Glanvill has written more than 15 books. He is an experienced journalist, broadcaster and researcher in publishing, TV and radio, and has over ten years’ association with Chelsea, writing for the matchday programme and the Onside/Chelsea magazine.
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