Jimmy Greaves remembered in matchday programme

A Chelsea youth product, Greaves became the youngest player ever to reach 100 league goals during his time at Stamford Bridge, and more importantly made a generation of young football fans dream with his thrilling attacking play. He went on to become the greatest goalscorer in the history of English league football and a hero to fans.

As well as a special tribute cover, there is a celebration of Greaves’ sparkling career with a pictorial feature covering the magical moments that punctuated a memorable life, while club historian Rick Glanvill tells the story of his development as a young Blues star in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The programme also speaks to a present-day graduate from the Chelsea Academy, Trevoh Chalobah, about a month he will never forget.

‘My dream has always been to play for Chelsea, to get my chance in the team, and the journey from where I started to where I am now has just been an unbelievable one,’ he says in an exclusive interview.

Important information for those attending Carabao Cup match

Covid-19 requirements

Supporters attending our home matches at Stamford Bridge and Kingsmeadow this season are required to provide evidence they are at low risk of transmitting Covid-19. This is to increase the safety and comfort of our supporters, players and staff as we host large crowds again. This applies to non-matchday events at Stamford Bridge as well. 

This can be done through proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (with both doses received at least 14 days prior to the match) or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test (from age 11 and over) carried out within 48 hours of the fixture kicking off.

Genuine medical exemptions from testing/vaccination are accepted by the club on a case by case basis, and testing is only required for supporters aged 11 and over. As well as accepting proof via the NHS Covid pass or an NHS vaccination letter (or US or European equivalent), we also accept test results from any government approved lab, a GP or via proof of self reporting of a Lateral Flow Test result through the UK government’s online portal. 

Supporters will be required to wear masks in all indoor areas of the stadium, including the concourses, except when they are eating or drinking. Masks are not required when seated or walking outside the stadium.

We also strongly encourage the use of hand-washing facilities and hand sanitisers which are located throughout the Bridge.

Please understand that these standards apply to all supporters and that anyone who refuses this process will not be permitted to enter.

Thank you for your help and co-operation in helping to make Stamford Bridge a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Gallery: An inside look at training ahead of Aston Villa

Thomas Tuchel and his staff put the players through their paces at our Surrey training base in the final session before Wednesday night’s cup tie against the Midlanders.

As revealed in the manager’s pre-match press conference, Edouard Mendy was absent once again but there were plenty of faces eager to impress and earn a starting spot for our first domestic knockout encounter of the season.

Take a scroll through our exclusive pictures below for the best of the action…

Kepa pleased to play his part

‘It’s been quite a while since I played in the Premier League, so I was happy for the opportunity to help the team. To come into the side in such a big game like this, a London derby, and to keep a clean sheet and get the three points, it’s perfect really!

‘Edou and I have a very good relationship. We are training together every day and support each other whoever is playing.

‘You could see in the Super Cup the relationship we have, he was one of the first players to congratulate me after the penalty shoot-out and of course we celebrated together. Hopefully he can return to training soon from his injury.’

Chelsea invites London clubs to collaborate on seminar for LGBTQ+ allyship to action initiatives in football

The event, which will at Stamford Bridge and hosted by Clare Balding, takes place on Monday 4 October. Following collaboration across the London clubs and football authorities, the seminar will consist of three sessions, with the aim of improving dialogue and discussing the following principal questions:

– What can be done to support LGBTQ+ fan groups better?

– How can LGBTQ+ fan groups keep diversifying?

– What is being done to address HBT (homophobic, biphobic and transphobic) hate?

Other clubs taking part in the seminar include Arsenal, Brentford, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Millwall, QPR, Tottenham, Watford and West Ham – as well as representatives from the FA and the Premier League.

Members of LGBTQ+ fan groups, including Chelsea Pride, will also be present, along with organisations such as Kick It Out and Stonewall FC.

Chelsea FC is committed to ensuring our club is a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ people, and their friends and families, and is delighted to be able to work alongside other London clubs and football bodies, through this seminar, to address homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and stop hate across the game.