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Football League play-off finals aside, the domestic season is now all-but over and last week saw the last of our non-league videos of the week. To fill the gap between now and the start of next season, though, we’re going to bring you some videos from the history of the game in England and who better to start with the new European champions, Chelsea? The arrival of Roman Abramovich at the club changed its fortunes perhaps forever, but supporting Chelsea hasn’t always been so glamorous. After winning the Football League championship in 1955 and spending much of the 1960s in the top half of the First Division, Chelsea spent much of the 1970s and 1980s in a state of disrepair and not far short of bankruptcy.
Our first match this evening comes from the start of the 1975/76 season, and a trip from newly-promoted Carlisle United to Stamford Bridge. The two teams had been relegated from the First Division the year before and Chelsea would finish this season in eleventh place in the Second Division. The club was promoted at the end of the following season, and our second match is another home match from the middle of that promotion season, against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club’s stay back in the top flight, however, was short-lived and in 1979 they were relegated back. This time it took them five seasons to get back into the First Division, but there were some happy times during that spell including our third match, a home league match against Newcastle United from October 1980. The team won promotion back to the First Division in 1984, and the final match comes from the following season’s League Cup as the team made a trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.