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Those Were The Days....women's heritage event summary

From Tony Farmer to Emma Hayes

The Chelsea Heritage Partnership, part of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, hosted our third event in the Tea Bar at Stamford Bridge prior to the recent WSL match v Arsenal on 15th March 2024.

The event was dedicated to the history of Chelsea women’s football and in particular to Chelsea v Arsenal matches, plus the incredible career of Emma Hayes. On screen presentations featured highlights from many of those matches against Arsenal and official club historian Rick Glanvill’s visual presentations included history of Chelsea’s teams and the women's game in general.

A life size and life like cardboard cut out of Emma Hayes proved very popular with our visitors, with many photos taken by those attending.

We were really pleased to welcome Tony Farmer with us for the evening; the man who created Chelsea FC Ladies back in 1992. Tony really enjoyed sharing photos and memorabilia from his time with the club.  It was a joy to see him interacting with so many supporters during the course of the evening.

We also welcomed Club ambassador and ex player, Katie Chapman to the event. Katie was very generous with her time and enjoyed engaging with supporters in the Tea Bar, posing for photos and chatting about her experiences. Current and past players  team shirts (including one of Katie's) were kindly loaned by the Chelsea museum and were displayed during the event.

Representatives of the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) were present and sold a number of shares as well as spreading awareness of this unique chance to own a share in our club. There were plenty of signed shares available including a first batch on sale from members of the current women's team. You can buy shares by visiting the CPO web site.

Well known Chelsea women supporter, the wonderful Basil rattled the bucket for collecting money for the Hammersmith and Fulham foodbank and helped us raise £110.

All in all it was a great event with very good attendance and to cap the evening off a great 3-1 win in the match.

Our thanks go to Chelsea FC and members of the Chelsea Heritage Partnership for all their help in bringing this event to life.

Nicky de la Salle by Mark Sandom @fleetphotos


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