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MAKING HISTORY, NOT RELIVING IT..

MAKING HISTORY, NOT RELIVING IT
"A great read about 'being Chels', about life in the Abramovich era, about trophies, trips abroad, trips to the pub, pints of Guinness, dancing with Sex Pistols and bull-fighting. Who needs a cape to fend off a bull when a rolled-up copy of Bridge News works just as well? This book is about long friendships, deep love for a club, more pints of Guinness, and always, always more trophies.''  
Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph 
"History, it is said, is written by the victors. Few fans have known victory like Chelsea supporters over the last decade. This is their history.."           
Martin Lipton, Daily Mirror

"I loved playing for Chelsea, and now I love watching Chelsea. A great club, with great supporters who know what making history means."
Kerry Dixon, Chelsea legend

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Making History, Not Reliving It : Mark Worrall, Kelvin Barker, David Johnstone
ISBN 9780955745980




THE WRONG OUTFIT..


The Wrong Outfit
Blues supporter Al Gregg’s era-defining, when punk rock and Chelsea collide, novel The Wrong Outfit is a powerful story about a boy called Adam Nedman who grows up through the 1970's and 80's and is greatly affected by both football and Punk. From home life to football terrace (The Shed), through school days to punk chaos, Al charts Adam’s voyage of self-discovery. Is he in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or perhaps he in the right place but at the wrong moment? Adam can never quite work it out and it’s up to the reader to decide.
“At times, a journey into Punk Rock's own Heart of Darkness, Al realistically captures the moment Punk Rock finally implodes. If you want to know what it was like to be a young Punk Rocker, on the ground, at the time - you won't find a better or sharper book than this.”
Dave Parsons, Sham 69

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SHORTS..


SHORTS
Shorts is a collection of 12 short stories that run in chronological order from the year 2000 through to 2012, concluding with an author’s note in 2013 to round up proceedings. As with The Red Hand Gang, the material is a blend of fact and fiction. Four true stories specifically track the development of the orphanage SURE24 based in Nakuru, Kenya whilst elsewhere we are invited to stand in the packed pre-match boozers sinking drinks before watching the Chels to hear Otton unleash the raw, emotional rhetoric that has tormented him over these years as he struggles digesting the purpose of life and the existence of a loving Creator.

"I am stunned by the militant philanthropic vein that runs through Walters work."
General Lucifer, Pantone Blues.

As with sales of The Red Hand Gang, a minimum of 10% of all royalties will go towards the running costs of SURE24. You buy the book; you change a life.

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#ROE2RO...


ROE2RO
If you take fifty one donors and add a ferry, three cars, a van full of donations then mix in fifteen lads, you end up with the short story that is #ROE2RO.
It features: A photographer; Two sons of a preacher man; Three chaps from Epsom; A couple of burnt out thirty something's; One male model; A very, very black man; Four ex gangsters and the CEO of a London charity.
It is the drive from Roehampton, South London to Soard, rural Romania. It was the author's destiny. Here is his journey. As it happened.

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OVER LAND AND SEA..


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"
cfcuk Fanzine

‘Men behaving badly meets Match of the Day … Brilliant!’   Martin King



Over Land and Sea : Mark Worrall : Gate 17 :
ISBN 9780955745904

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BLUE MURDER..


Blue Murder
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

‘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..


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.

Chelsea here Chelsea there
Mark Worrall : ISBN: 978-0-9557459-3-5

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CHELSEA FOOTBALL FANZINE cfcuk...


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."
Bruce Buck, Chelsea Chairman

"God Bless the cfcuk Chelsea fanzine and long may it blossom, for all the fantastic effort put in by those associated with it."
Alan Hudson, Chelsea Legend

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CHELSEA CHRONICLES..


Chelsea Chronicles


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..

Chelsea Chronicles v.2


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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CHELSEA CHRONICLES..

Chelsea Chronicles Vol. 3

CHELSEA CHRONICLES - VOLUME THREE

With Carlo Ancelotti the latest manager to exit Stamford Bridge unceremoniously, the stage is set fair for the arrival of young pretender Andre Villas-Boas – it’s a disaster waiting to happen – but as is often the case, glorious unpredictability looms large and this latest series of Chelsea Chronicles details, from a fans perspective, the visceral highs and lows as the managerial pendulum swings too and fro and the Blues go gathering cups in May. Villas-Boas, Di Matteo, Benitez. Despite becoming Champions of Europe and records tumbling, there is a sense of injustice and frustration which was conveyed to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the form of an open letter and that can be found here along with tributes to Frank Lampard, Mikel John Obi and terrace legend Peter Webb. Chelsea Chronicles – volume three – concludes with the return of Jose Mourinho and the tragic death of Uti Thakkar, aka Sir Larry, who was an integral part of the Gate 17 crew and featured in many articles and books that Mark has written over the years.

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THE RED HAND GANG...


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."
Mark Worrall

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CELERY...

CELERY!
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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