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A blog of two halves

Tim Harrison is our Chelsea FC blogger.

Tim has been writing Chelsea match reports since the late 1980s for newspapers and, more recently, websites.

When he first reported on the Blues, the press box was a metal cage suspended over the lip of the old west stand - and you reached it via a precarious walkway over the heads of the fans.

But he has been a Chelsea fan since his father took an excited seven-year-old to watch Chelsea v Manchester United in the mid 1960s... and covered his ears every time the chanting got too ripe.

In July 2005 he wrote The Rough Guide to Chelsea, published by Penguin, which sold 15,000 copies.

His favourite player of all time is Charlie Cooke, the mazy winger who lit up Chelsea's left wing in the 60s and 70s.

When he isn't watching the Blues, Tim acts, paints, writes and researches local history.


 Tim's blogs


2014-2015

More squad tweaks planned» - 17/11/2014
Blues continue to fly out of the blocks» - 11/11/2014
Seasonal fireworks at Anfield likely» - 06/11/2014
Pass me a prawn sarnie» - 29/10/2014
Bring on United» - 22/10/2014
Why Bran’s my man for title» - 13/10/2014
Pay-per-view dugout duels» - 06/10/2014
We're only here for Que Crack» - 01/10/2014
Celebrate with mineral water» - 25/09/2014
Europe derails the Blues' perfect league start» - 18/09/2014
Top-of-the-table clash with Swansea» - 09/09/2014
Absolutely Fabregas» - 01/09/2014
One foot from perfection» - 26/08/2014
As sharp as whippets» - 19/08/2014
Chelsea's rainbow alliance» - 14/08/2014

2013-2014

Unexpectedly chirpy Special One speaks» - 12/05/2014
Youth show old lags the way» - 06/05/2014
Dreaming of youth cup glory» - 01/05/2014
Blues put Europe first» - 23/04/2014
Finish is too close to call» - 15/04/14
Welsh ballboys can relax» - 09/04/2014
Will the Blues play leapfrog?» - 03/04/2014
Off at the gallop» - 26/03/2014
Distracted Didi is smothered in love» - 19/03/2014
No country for old men» - 11/03/2014
Silence of the limbs» - 05/03/2014
Four-Eyed One v Special One» - 26/02/2014
Which century for Jose's men?» - 30/01/2014
The best things come in threes» - 21/01/2014
For goals, just turn up in the second half» - 14/01/2014
Relaxed Mikel joins the 300 club» - 06/01/2014
Sing when you're standing?» - 16/12/2013
Blues are unconvincing winners» - 12/12/2013
Charlie Cooke casts his eye over the Blues» - 05/12/2013
Chelsea’s yo-yoing form» - 27/11/2013
Back to gritty games between proper teams...» 20/11/2013
Chelsea in need of a good kick up the Arsenal» - 13/10/2013
Easing the collywobbles» - 08/11/2013
The dear old League Cup» - 30/10/2013
It's time for Luiz to visit the barber» - 23/10/2013
Reliance on midfielders paying dividends» - 16/10/2013
A talent not to be sniffed at» - 07/10/2013
Is it all another mind game? - 02/10/2013
You can't move for midfielders» - 25/09/2013
Jose has to earn his corn» - 16/09/2013
If it's 5.30 it must be Cahill time» - 12/09/2013
A bog of two halves» - 04/09/2013
A blitz of swaps, switches and purchases» - 02/09/2013
The Blues have begun at a canter» - 22/08/2013
Buzz at the Bridge after summer successes» - 12/08/2013

2012-2013

A season of contained chaos and managed mayhem» - 22/05/2013
'Champions of Europe' for another year» - 16/05/013
Season to end with a bang or a whimper?» - 09/05/2013
Petr Cech clean sheets record» - 29/04/2013
Infantile Suarez antics» - 22/04/2013
Blues cruise to victory in west London derby» - 18/04/2013
Chelsea's masked men» - 09/04/2013
Two stunning Easter Monday saves» - 02/04/2013
Chelsea's new hi-vis Exocet sprinter» - 27/03/2013
201, 202, or 203 goals from Lamps?» - 20/03/2013
Even dour Ferguson impressed» - 14/03/2013
Rafa has weathered the storm» - 06/03/2013
The paradox at the heart of CFC» - 26/02/2013
Blues swat the Bees» - 20/02/2013
Demba Ba tipped to start up front for Bees visit» - 13/02/2013
Sense of helplessness at Stamford Bridge» - 07/02/2013
Does anyone fear the once-mighty Blues?» - 29/01/2013
Ringmaster still needed to control circus» - 24/01/2013
Another chilly Wednesday night disappointment» - 17/01/2013
Will the woeful Wednesdays continue?» - 10/01/2013
Rafa's name finally chanted... by QPR fans» - 03/01/2013
A romp in the rain» - 20/12/2012
All hail Chelsea's exciting new striker» - 13/12/2012
Interim interim appointment unlikely» - 04/12/2012
Must managers be popular?» - 28/11/2012
More gaffers than Hollywood actresses have husbands» - 23/11/2012
November's pre-programmed blip» - 19/11/2012
JT polarises opinion like few others» - 12/11/2012
Brendan Rodgers returns to the Bridge» - 07/11/2012
Clattenburg clatters in» - 30/10/2012
Sublime midfield link-up play at 'Three Point Lane'» - 22/10/2012
Modern sports reporting isn't a piece of cake» - 16/10/2012
It's hallowed turf, so let us spray» - 08/10/2012
Chelsea have signed Didier Drogba!» - 03/10/2012 
Chelsea fans get an insight into the future» - 26/09/2012
Terry and Ferdinand - inspirational sporting gods...» - 19/09/2012
QPR v Chelsea - tension, sub-plots and spice» - 12/09/2012
Chelsea simply fannied about» - 05/09/2012
Players now back on the sun loungers» - 29/08/2012

2011-2012

New marquee signing Eden Hazard» - 29/05/2012
The utter unpredictability of it all» - 22/05/2012
The icing on the cake» - 15/05/2012
Chelsea's love affair with the big-eared trophy» - 09/05/2012
Di Matteo’s first home defeat as caretaker» - 03/05/2012
Well would you Adam and Eve it?» - 25/04/2012
Chelsea now heading for three cup finals...?» - 16/04/2012
One week to top up energy levels» - 10/04/2012
Forget Barcelona - Wigan come next» - 05/04/2012
Chelsea push on three fronts with a sub-standard squad» - 28/03/2012
Roberto Di Matteo's honeymoon over» - 22/03/2012.
Sometimes you have to win a little bit scrappy...» - 12/03/2012
AVB's crime? To do what he was hired to do» - 05/03/2012
Seat D1 in box seven's occupant won't wait forever» - 27/02/2012
Manager AVB is glancing over his shoulder» - 22/02/2012
Chelsea hardly worth turning the telly on for» - 14/02/2012
AVB left shell-shocked by 3-3 draw» - 06/02/2012
This Sunday's afternoon showdown stirs the blood» - 31/01/2012
Difficult matches loom as root-and-branch rebuild deferred» - 24/01/2012
Three of England's back four at Chelsea?» - 17/01/2012
Torres poetry» - 10/02/2012
Positive end to the Blues' festive spell» - 03/01/2012
Blues players' 2012 resolutions» - 28/12/2011
Face it. Chelsea are in transition. And it's no big deal!» - 19/12/2011
Stamford Bridge boogies in the rain» - 13/12/2011
Stuart Pendred: The Corporal Jones of singalong» - 08/12/2011
Surely time for a Torres hat-trick?» - 30/11/2011
Chelsea's annual autumn wobble» - 22/11/2011
History mustn't be allowed to repeat» - 15/11/2011
Chelsea's dismal run ends at Blackburn, I hope...» - 07/11/2011 
You don't get many 3-5s» - 01/11/2011
Chelsea's fighting character underlined» - 26/10/2011
"You are my Chelsea" ditty revived» - 19/10/2011
Pitch owners' shares buy back bid» - 12/10/2011
Enjoy Stamford Bridge while it lasts» - 05/10/2011
Calories are secret to success» - 28/09/2011
A season-strangling defeat or a morale-boosting show?» - 19/09/2011
AVB's dugout dance class» - 14/09/2011
The Modric tug-of-love» - 05/09/2011
Not yet the full ticket» - 30/08/2011
Players' door off its hinges!» - 22/08/2011
The belated blossoming of Blondie» - 16/08/2011
The 'new Drogba'?» - 09/08/2011
Correct answer! Blues resist temptation to tinker» - 01/08/2011 
Lampard shows the value of pre-season matches to the Kop» - 26/07/2011
Three weeks to the season's start» - 21/07/2011
Pre-season plans» - 28/06/2011
AVB annointed» - 23/06/2011
Eight years of one bearded football fan» - 08/06/2011

2010-2011

A poisoned chalice?» - 23/05/2011
Carlo-watching...» - 17/05/2011
Chelsea players out of puff» - 10/05/2011
Crunch match at Old Trafford» - 05/05/2011
A mighty whoosh of relief» - 27/04/2011