Date: 2nd July 2019 at 10:19am
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The rest, as they say, is history!

Back on this day, as reported by the BBC, Roman Abramovich brought Chelsea Football Club lock, stock and barrel.

The Russian, backed by a personal fortune we can only dream about, confirmed his love of football by taking on board a club that had so much potential but one that was struggling to handle the financial transgressions of the previous owners.

Back on 2 July 2003, we had no idea what glorious times we were heading for.

Backed by Abramovich, the name of Chelsea has become synonymous with trophies.

In a sixteen-year period we’ve accumulated sixteen trophies, a total I doubt any other English club, in that period, can match.

Among the highlights have to be winning the Champions League, for the very first time, in the Allianz Arena back in May 2012 and back in April 2005 winning our first top-flight title for fifty years.

It really has been a rollercoaster ride, a journey with far more ups and downs and with Stamford Bridge being graced by players who are the envy of many other clubs.

This summer, we stand on the cusp of a new era.

Handed a two-transfer window ban and with a new manager on board, the challenge to continue to grow the trophy haul is greater than ever.

But, if it were to all end tomorrow, what wonderful memories we’d all be left with.

Thank you, Roman, it has been sixteen glorious years’ and long may it continue.

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3 Replies to “Sixteen Years Ago Today You Know Who Took Over Chelsea Football Club”

  • It hasn’t been sixteen glorious years. It’s been six or seven, over an otherwise, very frustrating, sixteen year period. Some years, we look like we rule the football world, and others, we look like we’re barely mid-table. That all boils down to an owner who has no real vision. He’s just some guy who threw some dollars at a football club, and said, “go win something. No, everything. And do it now”. It would be super nice to see someone write an article on this forum, that wasn’t groupthink, or just full of blind praise for this man. We can give him his credit, while citing his multitude of shortcomings. This site is grossly lacking honesty in its editorials. It seems to be all one-way traffic… And I honestly don’t believe that we are all lemmings. Sorry, Merlin. I just don’t believe that everything is right with the world.

  • Also… the name of Chelsea became synonymous with a lot of things… but “trophies” is only what supporters think of. (chaos is the first thing that comes to my mind) I think RA can single-handedly be given credit for lighting a fire under other new EPL owners, to show us how to better build a club. Other clubs took note of our foolish owner, and crafted something sustainable. We’re still stuck in 2003.

  • Hell, even Liverpool has made a resurgence. That ought to be enough to make every blues fans’ blood boil…

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