The ‘Anyone But Chelsea’ Movement Has More Ammunition

The hopes of thousands of neutral fans across the country who were intent on witnessing a fairytale finish to the season were dashed last Saturday as Chelsea secured their first ever League and Cup double courtesy of their 1-0 victory over Portsmouth in the FA Cup final.

Pompey were awarded a golden chance to bring cheer to the nation however Kevin Prince-Boateng fluffed his lines, missed a penalty and his side were eventually made to pay when Didier Drogba fired in the winner from a free-kick just three minutes later. .450 bushmaster ammo

Chelsea’s success, this year and in previous seasons post-Abramovich has seen the phrase ‘anyone but Chelsea’ enter football parlance when opposing fans have been asked who they’d like to win titles and cup competitions.

I didn’t like Chelsea before it got popular to dislike them. I didn’t like their thuggish, skinhead sporting fans that idolised chief agitator, Dennis Wise.

Now, the focus of criticism has developed a fresh set of bugbears. I don’t like their army of ‘nu fans’, springing up in dormitory towns across the south-east. I snort with derision as I watch them wearing their post-2003 shirts, freshly laundered by middle England mumsy or recently acquired by dad who thinks it’s terribly naughty to have a season ticket in the redeveloped Shed End.

What do they know about Kharine, Clarke, Sinclair, Peacock, Johnsen and Stein?

Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s not at all new for a certain team to encourage the wrath of football fans not in their thrall.

Manchester United in the nineties were, and to a degree still are, the hated team. They won everything, badgered the referee when decisions didn’t go their way and don’t even start on Fergie’s mystical timepiece.

Scientists across the globe are still working out how many magical goals were scored in the charmed minutes that Sir Alex’s watch conjured up.

You could afford them some kind of grudging respect though. They had style and nurtured home-grown talent. True, they weren’t averse to bending the rules and Eric Cantona and Roy Keane were no shrinking violets. They could certainly put the frighteners on Wise and co.

There’s something different about disliking Chelsea though. They’re symbolic of the rot in the modern game.

They’ve gone from being the team of the Far Right (though their number still remain) to the successful embodiment of the riches and glamour that the Premier League offers and a product that appeals to both the well-heeled and the well ‘ard

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