We delve in to the Chelsea FanCast Archive over the summer break and dig up some classic Chelsea FanCast’s from the past.
Tonight’s show has not seen the light of day since it was recorded on 28th April 2008. It’s the very first Chelsea FanCast hosted by Stamford Chidge, a few months after the shows had been presented by several well known Chelsea supporters (names with held to protect the innocent!).
Chidge chose his local bar, Putney Station, to set up shop and he and the boys were to record the FanCast there for another 5 years before they went up town to the Sports Tonight Live studios.
Joining Chidge on the first show were Martin Levy (yet to be named Dr Mart) and an old mate of Chidge’s Sheridan Bird who is now an accomplished football broadcaster for Italian TV.
The show was recorded at, as ever, an interesting time for Chelsea. Avram Grant was the manager having replaced Jose Mourinho in the autumn. Having just beaten Man Utd in the league that weekend to keep a slim chance of a Premier league title alive, he was now about to take Chelsea to Moscow for their first Champions’ League final. But a second leg against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge had to be negotiated first…