14 episodes

From fearing for their very existence to conquering Europe and winning the Champions League all within two decades, the story of modern Chelsea FC is unlike any other.

The Blueprint tells the inside story of how the club has shaped modern football.

From the boardroom to the dressing room, the press room to terraces, key figures who played their part or watched history being made before their very eyes, open up and reveal all in this narrative podcast series.

Featuring Frank Lampard, Ken Bates, Jody Morris, The Harding Family, Petr Cech, Gary Cahill, Paul Clement, Scott Minto, Tore Andre Flo and many more.

The Blueprint is produced by Garry Hayes and Ceri Levy.

Our theme music "Blue Day '23" is composed by Mike Connaris with bed arrangements by Jake Bradford-Sharp. It's used under license from Mcasso Music.

This is a HWY61 production. For more podcasts like this one, visit http://www.HWY61.media

The Blueprint: How Chelsea FC Changed Football The Blueprint+

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    • 4.9 • 162 Ratings

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From fearing for their very existence to conquering Europe and winning the Champions League all within two decades, the story of modern Chelsea FC is unlike any other.

The Blueprint tells the inside story of how the club has shaped modern football.

From the boardroom to the dressing room, the press room to terraces, key figures who played their part or watched history being made before their very eyes, open up and reveal all in this narrative podcast series.

Featuring Frank Lampard, Ken Bates, Jody Morris, The Harding Family, Petr Cech, Gary Cahill, Paul Clement, Scott Minto, Tore Andre Flo and many more.

The Blueprint is produced by Garry Hayes and Ceri Levy.

Our theme music "Blue Day '23" is composed by Mike Connaris with bed arrangements by Jake Bradford-Sharp. It's used under license from Mcasso Music.

This is a HWY61 production. For more podcasts like this one, visit http://www.HWY61.media

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Enemies of Football

    Enemies of Football

    As Chelsea faced Barcelona in the 2004/05 Champions League, the club was about to navigate unchartered waters. Jose Mourinho and his men were disrupting the European game and the continent's elite didn't like it one bit.

    Come the end of the Blues' Last-16 clash, UEFA labelled them as the "Enemies of Football", referee Anders Frisk retired from the game on account of death threats and a modern rivalry between Chelsea and the Catalan giants was born.

    Mourinho and his new club had arrived on the biggest stage. The Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge had suddenly gone international.

    Things would never be the same again.

    This is the inside story of how it all happened.

    In this episode you will hear from: Steve Clarke, Frank Lampard, Tore Andre Flo, Frank Leboeuf, Jody Morris, Colin Hutchinson, Simon Johnson (The Athletic), Peter Drury (Commentator), David "Stamford Chidge" Chidgey (Chelsea Fancast), Rick Glanvill (Chelsea FC Historian) and Martin Tyler (Commentator).

    The Blueprint is written by Garry Hayes and narrated by Ceri Levy.

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    You can support this podcast on Apple Podcasts by subscribing to Blueprint+ for ad-free streaming and bonus episodes.

    If you listen elsewhere, we have a Patreon that gives access to bonus episodes and other content.

    Our Patreon: https://patreon.com/ChelseaBlueprint

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    This is another HWY61 production. For more podcasts like this, visit www.HWY61.media

    Our theme music "Blue Day '23" is composed by Mike Connaris with bed arrangements by Jake Bradford-Sharp. It's used under license from Mcasso Music.

    Archive used in this episode is courtesy of Chelsea TV.

    • 56 min
    The Hand of Hod

    The Hand of Hod

    When Glenn Hoddle arrived at Chelsea in 1993, he thought he was becoming the manager of a Premier League club.

    He soon found out the Blues were in name only. Hoddle had stepped into a club that was years behind its rivals and needed to dramatically improve standards. From player recruitment to the playing style and basics such as nutrition and how the team trained.

    It was a new dawn at Chelsea and Hoddle had it all to do.

    This is the story of how Hoddle did it.

    In this episode you will hear from: Glenn Hoddle, Ken Bates, Steve Clarke, David Lee, Eddie Newton, Michael Duberry, Colin Hutchinson, Luke Harding, Joel Harding, Clive Batty (Journalist), Rick Glanvill (Chelsea historian)

    The Blueprint is written by Garry Hayes and narrated by Ceri Levy.

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    You can support this podcast on Apple Podcasts by subscribing to Blueprint+ for ad-free streaming and bonus episodes.

    If you listen elsewhere, we have a Patreon that gives access to bonus episodes and other content.

    Our Patreon: https://patreon.com/ChelseaBlueprint

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    This is another HWY61 production. For more podcasts like this, visit www.HWY61.media

    Our theme music "Blue Day '23" is composed by Mike Connaris with bed arrangements by Jake Bradford-Sharp. It's used under license from Mcasso Music.

    • 50 min
    Ruud Awakening

    Ruud Awakening

    In just two years, Glenn Hoddle had taken Chelsea from the doldrums of the Premier League to a European semi-final.

    It was April 1995 and Real Zaragoza stood between the Blues and a match-up with London rivals Arsenal in the Cup Winners' Cup final.

    Chelsea would lose that tie 4-3 on aggregate but, importantly, that European campaign ignited something in the Chelsea manager and managing director, Colin Hutchinson.

    They had seen the future and what was possible with a club like Chelsea.

    And that future was now: the Bosman Ruling was coming and it opened the transfer market for the Blues to become the first English club to really exploit it.

    Enter Ruud Gullit, the Ballon d'Or winner and Dutch legend who would be the first in a long line of Bosman signings that would help send Chelsea to the top of the Premier League.

    This is the story of how Gullit helped awaken a sleeping giant of English football.

    In this episode you will hear from: Ken Bates, Colin Hutchinson, Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit, Martin Tyler (commentator), Clive Batty (Journalist), Rick Glanvill (Chelsea historian), Andy Saunders (The Chels), Tim Rolls (Chelsea fan and author) and Neil Barnett, AKA "Spy".

    The Blueprint is written by Garry Hayes and narrated by Ceri Levy.

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    You can support this podcast on Apple Podcasts by subscribing to Blueprint+ for ad-free streaming and bonus episodes.

    If you listen elsewhere, we have a Patreon that gives access to bonus episodes and other content.

    Our Patreon: https://patreon.com/ChelseaBlueprint

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    This is another HWY61 production. For more podcasts like this, visit www.HWY61.media

    Our theme music "Blue Day '23" is composed by Mike Connaris with bed arrangements by Jake Bradford-Sharp. It's used under license from Mcasso Music.

    Archive used in this episode is courtesy of Chelsea TV.

    • 40 min
    And Now the Wait is Over

    And Now the Wait is Over

    Glenn Hoddle spent three years rebuilding Chelsea into a club that had genuine ambition and a legitimate hope of winning silverware. He signed Ruud Gullit in 1995 to completely transform the look and appeal of the Chelsea squad.

    But just as he was getting ready to take the next step with the Blues, England came calling. And Hoddle couldn't deny the call of his country, so would leave Chelsea.

    It was the summer of Euro '96 and Chelsea found themselves at those fabled crossroads once more. Where was the club headed - with George Graham as manager? Or with another exciting young talent in the dugout in the form of Ruud Gullit?

    Whatever decision Chelsea would make, the club's journey would fork in dramatically different directions. Fortunately, they chose right and major silverware was waiting just around the corner after a 26-year wait.

    Although it would all play out to the backdrop of tragedy.

    In this episode you will hear from: Roberto Di Matteo, Eddie Newton, Ruud Gullit, Jesper Gronkjaer, Colin Hutchinson, Ken Bates, Glenn Hoddle, Steve Clarke, David Lee, Scott Minto, David Cooper (Matthew Harding's lawyer), Mike Ingham (commentator), Martin Tyler (commentator), Mark Killick (Matthew Harding's best friend), Tim Rolls (author and Chelsea fan), Joel Harding, Luke Harding and former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

    The Blueprint is written by Garry Hayes and narrated by Ceri Levy.

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    You can support this podcast on Apple Podcasts by subscribing to Blueprint+ for ad-free streaming and bonus episodes.

    If you listen elsewhere, we have a Patreon that gives access to bonus episodes and other content.

    Our Patreon: https://patreon.com/ChelseaBlueprint

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    This is another HWY61 production. For more podcasts like this, visit www.HWY61.media

    Our theme music "Blue Day '23" is composed by Mike Connaris with bed arrangements by Jake Bradford-Sharp. It's used under license from Mcasso Music.

    Archive used in this episode is courtesy of Chelsea TV.

    • 59 min
    Champions League or Bust

    Champions League or Bust

    As Chelsea started to establish themselves at the top end of English football with a flurry of major honours in the late 1990s, change was awaiting them on the horizon.

    The Blues had not long fielded the Premier League's first starting XI that featured overseas players only. It was symbolic of English football's transition to becoming more cosmopolitan, but the appointment of Claudio Ranieri in September 2000 saw the Italian take things back to their roots... he wanted to build his Chelsea team around a spine of homegrown talent.

    Step forward from the Chelsea youth ranks John Terry, a player whose career was at a crossroads. Within one match, Ranieri identified the talent that would lead Chelsea all the way to becoming European champions. And alongside him, another youngster from across London, Frank Lampard.

    Chelsea's journey on the road to Munich 2012 was just starting.

    This episode takes you behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge to understand how Ranieri and Colin Hutchinson lay the foundations for Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho to build a dynasty.

    It's a story played out before the threat of financial ruin and one game that changed it all against Liverpool in May 2003.

    In this episode you will hear from: John Terry, Ken Bates, Claudio Ranieri, Colin Hutchinson, Ruud Gullit, Glenn Hoddle, Frank Leboeuf, David Lee, Tore Andre Flo, Jody Morris, Jesper Gronkjaer, Neil Barnett (Spy), Rick Glanvill (Chelsea FC historian) and Alex Leith (Ranieri's translator).

    The Blueprint is written by Garry Hayes and narrated by Ceri Levy.

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    You can support this podcast on Apple Podcasts by subscribing to Blueprint+ for ad-free streaming and bonus episodes.

    If you listen elsewhere, we have a Patreon that gives access to bonus episodes and other content.

    Our Patreon: https://patreon.com/ChelseaBlueprint

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    This is another HWY61 production. For more podcasts like this, visit www.HWY61.media

    Our theme music "Blue Day '23" is composed by Mike Connaris with bed arrangements by Jake Bradford-Sharp. It's used under license from Mcasso Music.

    Archive used in this episode is courtesy of Chelsea TV.

    • 58 min
    In One Summer (Birth of the Roman Empire)

    In One Summer (Birth of the Roman Empire)

    Where were you on 1 July 2003? As it turns out, a lot of those people connected with Chelsea can't quite remember, either!

    It's a day that has gone down in history – the day that modern Chelsea was truly created as Roman Abramovich took over the club from Ken Bates.

    What followed was unprecedented in football. Chelsea embarked on a record-breaking transfer spree that made headlines across Europe and shook the football world.

    In this episode, we take you behind the scenes to explain how it all happened. In one summer.

    In this episode you will hear from: John Terry, Ken Bates, Claudio Ranieri, Jesper Gronkjaer, Mark Killick, Neil Barnett (Spy), Matthew Garrahan (The Financial Times), David Smith (The Observer), Simon Johnson (The Athletic), Martin Tyler (commentator), Mike Ingham (commentator), Rick Glanvill (Chelsea FC historian), Andy Saunders, and David Chidgey (Chelsea Fancast).

    The Blueprint is written by Garry Hayes and narrated by Ceri Levy.

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    You can support this podcast on Apple Podcasts by subscribing to Blueprint+ for ad-free streaming and bonus episodes.

    If you listen elsewhere, we have a Patreon that gives access to bonus episodes and other content.

    Our Patreon: https://patreon.com/ChelseaBlueprint

    ***

    This is another HWY61 production. For more podcasts like this, visit www.HWY61.media

    Our theme music "Blue Day '23" is composed by Mike Connaris with bed arrangements by Jake Bradford-Sharp. It's used under license from Mcasso Music.

    Archive used in this episode is courtesy of Chelsea TV.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

J Sym ,

Jenny

I’m enjoying this a lot - as someone who was a childhood fan and am reconnecting with the club as an adult. Two things though; firstly, please get some female voices involved (there will surely be at least one female fan or a historian who can contribute!). Secondly, if the presenter doesn’t mind summarising some of the key points Ken Bates says that would be really helpful - he is not always easy to understand and I feel I’m missing key details! Thank you and looking forward to season 2.

Larrox ,

A must for CFC fans

So much I'd forgotten and so much more I didn't know. A great production from passionate people. Oh, and I absolutely love the version of Blue Day.

Update 26.2.24 - despite nothing new since last August I was OK paying £1/month to "a good cause". This morning I cancelled because increase to £5/m is a bit of a P take. Sorry.

Tractor man 100 ,

Great series for any Chelsea fan

This is a great series for any Chelsea fan, whether young or old. Some great insight stories and analysis. Well done for everyone involved.

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