PMB: Chelsea v Sunderland - talking points
news Fri 19 May 2017
It is once more back to the Bridge this season, and a chance to continue the celebrations and set a record. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are ready for the top club to host the one at the bottom…
Standby for the bluest of blue days on Sunday. Anyone fortunate enough to be present on the occasion the Premier League trophy is handed over for the fifth time (sixth if the old Football League championship trophy is included) would do well to arrive early.
Leading the way will be the Chelsea brass band, blasting out ‘Blue Is The Colour’ on their march along the Fulham Road to the Bridge, accompanied by mascots Stamford and Bridget, who will hand out flags acclaiming the freshly-minted champions.
Outside the stadium, at a booth by the Shed Wall, supporters can have their photo taken and superimposed on celebration shots from the victors’ team dressing room at the Hawthorns.
Near the West Stand, all the important highlights from a wonderful season will be relived on a large video screen. For the youngsters, stilt-walkers and balloon-modellers will also be mingling around the concourse. For the older generations, inside the ground there will be free Prosecco, beer and water at the bars for the first 30 minutes of turnstiles opening (1pm to 1.30pm).
Before kick-off the Sunderland squad will form a guard of honour for the 25th winners of the Premier League, and at half-time our brilliant league and FA Youth Cup-winning Academy side will be presented to the crowd.
The all-important Premier League presentation will take place after the final whistle. Much-loved former skipper Dennis Wise, no stranger to silverware himself, will carry the Premier League trophy to the podium, and the Chelsea Foundation’s community champion, Tom Horrigan, has the honour of passing it on to club captain John Terry and team captain Gary Cahill. ( Cahill, by the way, is the first Yorkshire-born title-winning skipper since Ernie Blenkinsop of Sheffield Wednesday 87 years ago.)
It promises to be an afternoon that will live in the memory forever but, of course, there is the small matter of a football game, too.