Pro Bates

I've chosen to review this particular issue as some references within it demonstrate just how difficult to keep everybody happy all of the time. The Chelsea Independent - Issue 107 James Edwards was the editor for...

Photocopied pamphlet

Turning the clock back nearly 30 years, we look at issue 4 of the Chelsea Independent, the fanzine of the Chelsea Independent Supporters Association (CISA). Issue 4 came out in Dec 1988 when Chelsea were not...

Boys in Blue Division 2

Issue 8 Chelsea Independent Supporters Association's was published in September 1988. Chelsea has just been relegated and were truly the "Boys in Blue Division 2". For me 1988/89, until the last two Champion's seasons,...

He’s good! let’s sell him

Issue 32 follows on from the history making win at Anfield. The cover features Ian Porterfield with the caption “He’s good! Let’s sell him!” It’s subtitled “Sale of the Century.” The eagle eyed amongst...

Arsenal played football

Today’s look back at a classic Chelsea Independent fanzine takes us back to issue 15 which came out just before Christmas in 1989. The front cover proclaims that “Arsenal played football!” It goes on to...

We will follow the Chelsea

Today’s fanzine review is centred around issue 7 which was published in July 1988 and edited by Mick Allpress. Mick’s editorial looks back at Chelsea’s relegation at the end of last season. Chelsea had beaten...

Bates books early for Austria

Andrew Wrench writes the editorial for this issue. European football was back at the Bridge and atmosphere at the Bridge for the game against Viktoria Zizkov was fantastic. Neither leg was shown on TV...