Chelsea joy and Fulham heartbreak

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Chelsea players celebrate with manager Antonio Conte. PICTURE: ACTION IMAGES

It has been a week of joy and pain for football fans on the streets of Fulham this week, with one local side victorious, and the other falling just short of glory.

Chelsea celebrated winning their sixth league title, at West Bromwich Albion last Friday night, with a sort of coronation in front of their home fans, against Watford the following Monday.

While Fulham, who were battling for promotion to the top flight via the Championship play-offs, were beaten over two legs by Reading: who go on to face Huddersfield in the final, at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday.

That may mean the season ends in disappointment for The Whites; but for the Blues there is still much up for grabs.

They play their final Premier League match of the campaign, at home to Sunderland on Sunday: where they will be presented with their league trophy.

The area is expected to be busy, and pubs are likely to be full.

Then, on Saturday 27 May, Antonio Conte's side head-up to Wembley: hoping to complete the second part of an historic double against Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

If Chelsea succeed in bringing the oldest trophy of all back to the borough, it will be only the 11th time in 130 years of league football that the double feat has been achieved.

Regardless of how things end at Wembley on Saturday night, the Chelsea squad will be parading their silverware on the streets of Fulham, on the traditional open top bus, on Sunday 28 May.

Please be aware the parade will require the closure of a number of streets in the area for a short while.


Fulham FC's Tom Cairney looking dejected after losing 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium. PICTURE: ACTION IMAGES

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