Mark Meehan is a long standing Chelsea fan who saw his first game in April 1971 when Chelsea played Coventry City at Stamford Bridge. He went to his first game hoping to see his heroes Peter Osgood and Ian Hutchinson but had to settle for a forward line instead of Peter Feely and Derek Smethurst who compensated for the loss of his heroes by scoring a goal each in a 2-1 Chelsea victory.
He bought his first season ticket in 1978 for £25 to stand in The Shed and no sooner did he start going regularly to Stamford Bridge when Chelsea’s years of success soon became a distant memory. He has a perverse memory of the gloomy years of the 1980s and thanks John Neal and his 1983/84 side for providing one of the most memorable seasons of his Chelsea supporting life.
He was the editor of the highly influential and award winning Chelsea Independent fanzine between 1994 and 1997 and has written previously for various football publications including Football Monthly, Action Replay, Four Four Two and regularly wrote for the official Chelsea magazine until a certain former Chairman barred him.
He published his first book “Blue Tomorrow the football, finance and future of Chelsea Football Club” in 2001 and it can still be found with those Amazon people or at Blue Tomorrow (empire-uk.com).
He has written and contributed to other Chelsea books including “Chelsea Here Chelsea There” “Tales from the Shed” and “The Special Ones – Chelsea by the fans” and is co author of “Eddie Mac Eddie Mac” possibly the greatest Chelsea story ever told.
He has been a season ticket holder in the Matthew Harding stand since 1997 and has for a number of years now regularly written for CFCUK fanzine.
He sits on the Chelsea Supporters Trust board and became involved with the Trust in recent years through his suggestion for a Stamford Bridge Sleep Out that has to date raised £50k for charities Glass Door and our neighbours Oswald Stoll.