NUMBER 6 – CHELSEA VS BOLTON – SECOND DIVISION 1983.
“This was a week before my 14th birthday! I’d been to a few home games by then, but never went away, so most of my knowledge has been garnered through first hand accounts from both Chels and Bolton supporters over the years.” Recalls Pete Brindle. Winless in nine. Staring relegation to the third division, and with that, potential extinction in the face. “One of the things me and most of my Chelsea mates at the time shared with match going supporters, was a sense of foreboding about what could actually happen to the club. It was common knowledge that Ken Bates had bought the club for the nominal price of £1 plus the substantial debts and at that time nobody was certain about what direction Birdseye would take us or whether the club could withstand the pressure it was under from its creditors. Most of us believed seriously, that the club couldn’t survive relegation. That is definitely no exaggeration.” continued Pete. Chelsea knew they needed a win, and standing across from them were fellow Division 2 struggles, Bolton. The game looked to be heading to a 0-0 draw, a result that almost certainly would have altered the course of history, and perhaps changed everything we know about Chelsea Football Club today, but a Clive Walker goal secured arguably one of Chelsea’s MOST IMPORTANT wins, of all time. Without that all important Clive Walker finish, I maybe wouldn’t be here writing this article today.