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Chelsea Football Club: The Official History in Pictures [Hardcover]

Rick Glanvill
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23 Oct 2006
The history of Chelsea features glamour, controversy, hooligans, high and low fashion, huge excitement on the pitch and terrible disappointments. In Chelsea FC: The Official Biography", Rick Glanvill brought the century of the UK's highest profile club to life in words. In this illustrated history, he has researchednever-before-made-publicimages to show the breadth of the club's 100 years in photographs. Fully integrated and highly designed, with over 200 colour and black and white photographs and fascinating accompanying text on the story of the club, The Official History in Pictures "offers all fans, and anyone with an interest in the biggest story in British football, unforgettable images and legendary faces from the past 100 years.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (23 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755314670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314676
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 thecheapsidestandard.wordpress.com/.

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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About the Author

A Chelsea fan for almost forty years, Rick Glanvill has written more than 15 books, including the best-selling RHAPSODY IN BLUE - THE CHELSEA DREAM TEAM, the official biography of Sir Matt Busby and the award-winning URBAN MYTHS collection, serialised in the GUARDIAN. An experienced journalist, broadcaster and researcher in publishing, TV and radio, he has over ten years association with the club and writes for the matchday programme and the Onside/Chelsea magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Chelsea fans 21 Oct 2006
I have just received the above book and couldn't put it down.

Rick Glanvill has sought out some great pictures through the years charting the pictorial history of Chelsea.It's a book that will always be looked at a great conversation peice,I have just worked out that I have 42 replica kits now thats sad.This would accompany Mr Glanvill's Biography book in any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chelsea Football Club 2 Mar 2013
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This turned out to be an excellent gift for a Chelsea Football supporter who seemed to enjoy the insights it offered. Much appreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am now a Chelsea fan!!! 16 Nov 2006
I was given this book as a present by my father-in-law who is a big Chelsea fan. He knew that I did not support Chelsea (or any other club for that matter) but thought that I might like it. He said that Chelsea supporters had been waiting a long time for this book as it had plenty of pictures which made it easy to read!! Of course I have now met and am good friends with many witty and articulate chelsea fans (such as through the official Chelsea Book Club) and know that he was joking!

Anyway, the book was a revelation which has changed my attitude to football. Previously I had thought it was a bit of a rough game that attracted a lot of the wrong sort of people. I now know that not all clubs are the same and that Chelsea is different. Chelsea seems to have this atmosphere of glamour that other clubs do not. As the book shows, they have lots of famous people and celebrities as supporters and their ground is in a really nice bit of london. The book made me think that Chelsea might really be the club for me!!

Since reading it I have now been to 4 Chelsea matches and am thinking of buying a season ticket for next year. It is expensive to go to a match (I have heard that Chelsea is one of the most expensive clubs) but this is reassuring in a way - a bit like buying real truffles instead of those ghastly truffle infused oils. It also helps to make sure that the right type of supporters continue to come to matches which means that being a Chelsea supporter is always something special and you never know when you might bump into someone famous!!

I seems amazing that all this could have been started by being given a book but then this is not a book about any old football club - it's a book about Chelsea and all the super and charming people connected with it. It really made it clear to me what this great club is all about. Come on the super Blues!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chelsea:The official History 14 July 2007
Brilliant book. If you like this book, you'll love 'Larry Dilworth and the Legends of Football' This is a football historical novel which Jimmy Hill decribes as a 'Skilfully blended mixture of football fact and fiction' It has 50 fabulous full-colour illustrations of football's greatest Legends including Jimmy Greaves, Ron Harris, Roy Bentley and two fantastic chapters on the amazing Drakes Ducklings 1954/55 Champions.
Buy them both and be doubly happy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Chelsea fans 11 Nov 2008
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My husband loves Chelsea football club and from the moment he opened this present his head was buried in the book. It is good quality with plenty of photos - well worth the price. A good present for Chelsea fans.
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