Chelsea FC, You Are Not a Big Football Club Yet

Dimitri KayCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

LONDON - JULY 2:  The Chelsea Football Club logo is shown outside the Chelsea Football Club ground, Stamford Bridge, July 2, 2003 in London. The club is to be bought by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich in a deal worth ?140 million ($233 million).  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Dear Chelsea,

Although you have the economic power to do anything you like, you will not be able to be considered a big club just yet.

Big clubs are not made from big money transfers, nor are they made from state of the art stadiums and facilities.

You may be asking at this point, “....and what does make a club big?”

Well, big clubs are made from different factors that shape the identity of the club and its fans over the years.


Take Manchester United. They were on a high with Sir Mat Busby as the coach, bringing in young players playing attractive football. They hit rock bottom with the Munich air crash, but 10 years later became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968 (Champions League). They were stuck in mediocrity until the early '90s where they turned their fortunes and remained top.

Liverpool, after languishing in the second division for years, got promoted in 1962 and dominated the first division for two decades, plus being extremely successful in Europe winning four European cups, two UEFA Cups and one UEFA Super Cup. They have three of the most famous coaches associated to the club, plus one of the most famous stadiums in the world.

Through the decades Chelsea haven't had any real special moments that stand out. Plus, the only time Chelsea have had a consistent amount of success is in the past decade; in fact nine of the clubs 17 major honours have actually come in the past 10 years.

To add to this, in the past, Chelsea’s more noticeable claim to fame was for football hooliganism.


Manchester United has the Manchester Derby, as well as having rivalries with Leeds United and Liverpool FC.

Arsenal FC has the North London Derby with Tottenham Hotspur, while Liverpool has the Merseyside Derby with Everton FC and the long standing rivalry with Manchester United.

In all due respect, you don’t really have a rivalry. Although you are now one of the biggest clubs in London who constantly challenge for trophies, you haven’t really gained any huge advantage over any of the other teams.

This is mostly because teams like West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have not been close to winning anything for many years.

In conclusion what we are trying to say is, that building a history and becoming a big club is a working process. It has to be developed slowly and steadily.

The last 10 years have been the "Golden Years" of the club. You are now creating history that will shape the club and its fans in the coming years.

However, we have a feeling that the people of Chelsea FC are tainting these years by rushing too much, with ostentatious decisions that only hurt the clubs image and reputation.

Yours Sincerely

The English Premier League Fans


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