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Chelsea FC: The Official Biography: The Official Biography - The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years [Paperback]

Rick Glanvill
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31 July 2006

CHELSEA FC: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY goes to the heart of what gives the club its personality. The author has access to all the key characters, including Mourinho, Abramovich and the star players, plus legendary names of the past.

He addresses all the controversies, including: the near suffocation through lack of cash in the 1970s and in 2002; the impact of Abramovich's money; 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.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (31 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755314662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314669
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Glanvill is an award-writer writer, author and researcher based in London. His work covers social history, genealogy, music and football. He has written for Chelsea FC's official publications since 1993 and is the club's official historian.

Those with a love of London history may enjoy my website at

My latest book, published November 2012, is The Chelsea FC Miscellany, a mixture of great quotations, surprising facts and amusing anecdotes.

Thank you for reading.


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"An astounding read." --"Time Out"

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The only official publication to celebrate 100 years of this fascinating, controversial and glamorous football club

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Some books claim to give you the inside track, but most fail to deliver.
This book is spot on, packed with nuggets, insights and stories that capture the 100 yr history of a football club. What I liked best was it wasn't organised decade by decade like a diary, but grouped into subject areas like being a fan, the ground and glories.
I laughed out loud at some of the stories from the players and smirked at the interview the Ken Bates.
A priceless look inside the world of football. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 27 Jan 2006
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For a club sponsored book this is very good. A sign of the new openess at Chelsea must be that this book devotes a chapter to the hooliganism problem that blighted the club for years rather than sweep it under the carpet. What with this and the excellent The Special Ones: Chelsea By The Fans we seem to be witnessing, at last, some quality books on our club rather than usual journo/cuttings jobs that follow the flavour of the month around like hungry seagulls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Love 8 Sep 2006
Long time fan, the grouping by subject rather than chronology is an excellent idea. There were lots i did n`t realise, and lots I laughed out loud at, and I love my club even more.

Good work Rick, well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all fans 4 Feb 2008
A must read for any Chelsea fan, and even non fans as it's written in an objective manner. Really interesting to see how the club has continually shot itself in both feet over the years, and always just as the team were just about to start delivering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 2 Nov 2013
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Im a chelsea fan and so our my family. There were things in the book that i didnt no of, found it very interesting. if your a chelsea fan its well worth the read.
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