OVER LAND AND SEA..
First published in 2004
Over Land and Sea … a football odyssey … is the page turning, colourful and achingly funny chronicle of a group of Chelsea supporters' emotional roller coaster ride around Europe following their team's vain quest for the ultimate prize in club football.
"A must for all Chelsea Supporters and a definate 10 out of 10"
‘Men behaving badly meets Match of the Day … Brilliant!’
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Over Land and Sea : Mark Worrall : Gate 17 :
Money, sex, drugs, rock and roll and Chelsea Football Club, Johnny Nipper is deeply preoccupied with them all. For thirty years he’s had it all his own way, double crossing and dealing his way through life without a care in the world until the day he gets it all wrong. Wracked by guilt and in fear for his life, Nipper leaves London to begin a new life in Goa where he encounters Chopper Lewis, an old acquaintance from the Stamford Bridge terraces who persuades him to tell his vivid, hip and sexy story.
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“it was murder putting Blue Murder down … an excellent read” Martin Knight
Blue Murder 'Chelsea till I die' : Mark Worrall : Head Hunter Books: isbn 1-906085-00-5
ONE MAN WENT TO MOW..
‘One Man Went To Mow’, the eagerly anticipated follow up to Mark Worrall’s cult terrace classic, ‘Over Land and Sea’, chronicles the ongoing adventures of a colourful group of Chelsea supporters as they follow their teams quest for glory. In true gloriously unpredictable fashion, the season unravels against a backdrop of injuries, boardroom disquiet and growing media speculation about the future of the Special One, Mr Mourinho. Having retraced his Gate 17 roots, Marco sets out to explain the mythical concept of ‘Being Chels’, the peerless state of true blue mind that followers of Chelsea’s rivals struggle to come to terms with.
From Sofia to Barcelona, Bremen to Porto, Valencia to Liverpool and Stamford Bridge to Wembley, ‘One Man Went To Mow’, is a uniquely entertaining, vibrant and fascinating fly on the wall travelogue of one fans near religious quest for footballing redemption.
‘Poignant, funny and 100% Chelsea. A top read.’ Kerry Dixon
‘One Man Went to Mow’ available now as a Gate 17 hardback title, includes 40 pages of old, new and rare photographs.
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'One Man Went to Mow' : Mark Worrall : Gate 17 ISBN 9780955745911
CHELSEA HERE CHELSEA THERE..
Picture the scene, August 25th 1984, Highbury Stadium, London. Thousands upon thousands of expectant Chelsea fans have congregated at the stately home of aristocratic Arsenal to celebrate the return of the Blues to the old First Division.
Set against a detailed background recalling life in Thatcherite Britain, Chelsea Here Chelsea There is a flawless time capsule for Blues fans seeking a trip down memory lane or those on the lookout for enlightenment in the ways of the old school.
Mark Worrall, Kelvin Barker and David Johnstone’s assemblage of fascinating player interviews, rare and previously unseen photographs and the anecdotal recollections of a broad cross section of Blues fans present on that special day give Chelsea Here Chelsea There an endearingly nostalgic flavour and the cover photo of Kerry Dixon celebrating his goal is the defining image of 80s Chelsea.
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Chelsea here Chelsea there
Mark Worrall : ISBN: 978-0-9557459-3-5
CHELSEA FOOTBALL FANZINE cfcuk...
cfcuk, renowned as the ‘peoples’ publication, has been on the streets since May 1999 when it was originally launched as Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army. Chelsea Football Fanzine, ‘the best of cfcuk’ Volume One, takes a look back at the first fifty issues showcasing a fascinating selection of articles, interviews and editorial material featured between May 1999 and September 2005. From 'fighting' Ken Bates to ‘loving’ Mr Abramovich, Chelsea Football Fanzine reflects the changing views and opinions of supporters who followed the Blues during one of the most turbulent and ultimately glorious periods in the Clubs history.
"It just goes to show you what a gang of tattooed misfits can do if they put their minds to it."
"God Bless the cfcuk Chelsea fanzine and long may it blossom, for all the fantastic effort put in by those associated with it."
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CHELSEA CHRONICLES - VOLUME ONE
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An anthology based on the Mark's writings for CFCnet and the legendary cfcuk fanzine, "Chelsea Chronicles - volume one" - captures in heartfelt, humorous, diary-format prose a period in Blues history when many fans couldn't quite believe what was going on at Stamford Bridge. From the glory of the back-to-back title under Mourinho, through the ridiculous reigns of Grant and Scolari, and ending with the FA Cup victory with Hiddink at the helm, Chelsea Chronicles - volume one - provides the reader with an articulate and hugely entertaining insight into True Blue life.
Remember Asier del Horno? How about Maniche?!! There's a tribute to Super Frank (Sinclair),a homage to Tones Bar and a fiendish assessment of Peter Kenyon's abilities as a CEO interspersed with European travels to Transylvania, Sofia, Turin, Moscow and plenty more besides which get that 'Over Land and Sea' touch and make you feel a part of the constantly unfolding drama. The surreal meeting with Avram Grant in the "So Bar" a couple of weeks after he had been fired is worth the purchase price alone, as is the genuinely touching tribute to the late, great, King of Stamford Bridge, Peter Osgood which wraps up this excellent first volume of Chelsea Chronicles and makes it a must-read title for Blues fans old and new.
"Now I understand the true meaning of Glorious Unpredictability." David Cameron
" Gate 17 wearing David Moyes masks in the Imperial after the Cup Final win over Everton - I'm still crying with laughter at the photo - brilliant stuff." Kerry Dixon
"I'm just glad I'm not in it, God help me if Chelsea Chronicles - volume two - ever gets published." Ronald Gourlay
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CHELSEA CHRONICLES - VOLUME TWO
Chelsea Chronicles – volume two - is the second in the series of ‘best of’ anthologies by Blues author Mark Worrall and comprises of articles written specifically for the legendary cfcuk fanzine.
Highly decorated Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Stamford Bridge and once again supporters hopes are raised, though as with all things Chelsea, no-one is quite sure what exactly is going to happen, and winning the Double isn't on anyone’s agenda. Surprise, surprise then when it happens and Chelsea Chronicles - volume two – outlines how True Blue life maps out for the fans from a supporters perspective.
Remember Florent Malouda’s Inflatable Army? How about spanking Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates? There's a tribute to Robert Fleck, a homage to Ken Bates and a premonition of the fallout of Ray Wilkins sacking interspersed with some great photos and accounts of European travels to Nicosia, Madrid, Milan and plenty more besides which all get that 'Over Land and Sea' treatment.
Chelsea Chronicles – volume two – concludes with the inevitable sacking of Ancelotti and a tribute to the greatly missed Matthew Harding.
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THE RED HAND GANG...
In ten years he will be forty. Half a lifetime gone. He spent his twenties working with young people born onto council estates in South London. He has booked a week off work to walk the length of the Thames. Each night, after twenty miles of walking, he experiences wild dreams from the carriages of London tube trains: sometimes unabandoned freedom and at other times utter torment - where his deepest fears surface. The voice of his Creator has inspired him to walk. Seagull Si, the only one who can read a map, accompanies him alongside cousin Larry who has just returned from the biggest slum in Africa. As they walk the Thames path they reminisce about their spiritual upbringing, their teenage decisions to follow Jesus and subsequent discovery of Cutting Edge gigs on England's South Coast. Can they make a difference in the world they live in They know their lives are not a dress rehearsal. They only get one chance. The next ten years count.
PASSION. CORRUPTION. DETERMINATION. DEVASTATION. THE RED HAND IS THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE. THIS ANTI-NESTLE FOOT SOLDIER OF FAITH WILL NEVER EAT SHREDDED WHEAT.
"This is a very heartfelt piece of writing full of passion which will be passed onto the reader. The idea of parallel journeys, underground and overground, is clever and gives the story a deeper meaning. I also liked the Biblical quotes, the pride in belief, the decency of the characters."
John King, author of The Football Factory, The Prison House and White Trash.
"From the carriages of the London Underground to the slums of Kaberi, Kenya – this passionate and creative journey pushes you to the limits of both hope and despair. Anger and compassion entwine throughout – creating shocks and tears in equal measure. Though the style may at times offend, you will be inspired – because for a generation hungry for change it’s a “must read then do something” book."
Paul Sanderson MBE.
"Readers familiar with the Chelsea Football Club fanzine cfcuk will need no introduction to the literary talents of Walter Otton, and SW6 folk will delight in the Blues related anecdotal stories. For those who do not subscribe to cfcuk or follow the Boys in Blue, fear not - if you enjoy the work of John King, Martin Knight, Irvine Welsh and Joseph Conrad - you will love The Red Hand Gang."
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Kelvin Barker was just five years old when he stood on Stamford Bridge’s famous Shed End terrace for the first time in December 1970. Chelsea beat Newcastle United 1-0 that day, although Kelvin, standing just two foot tall, was able to see precious little of the action. Nevertheless, it heralded the beginning of a love affair which lasts to this very day.
By the time the Eighties arrived, Kelvin was a fully paid-up member of the blue army, and had already witnessed more ups and downs than an average adult movie as a result, and it got a whole lot worse before it got better. But it did get better, and in Celery! – Representing Chelsea in the 1980s, Kelvin has gathered together the thoughts and recollections of twelve star performers of the time, to add to his own memories of an incredible decade for the Blues.
From his own amusing tales of hugging skipper Colin Pates on the hallowed Stamford Bridge turf and serenading Bob Geldof in the King’s Road, through to the incredible behind-the-scenes stories as told by the players themselves – the mysterious case of Mickey Thomas’ disappearing gold chain, how a kick in the head made Joey Jones a fans’ favourite, the role physio Norman Medhurst’s hair played in David Speedie’s departure from the club, and many more – this book lays bare the facts of representing Chelsea in the 1980s, as recalled by those who were there.
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