Chelsea’s steady, multi-trophy-winning ascent to football’s summit has been well documented. In the modern Blues era, relegation is something that happens to other clubs, while a defeat to bitter London rivals Tottenham Hotspur is as rare an occurrence as a total eclipse of the sun. But life wasn’t always quite so carefree at Stamford Bridge.
19 April 1975, Spurs beat Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane — all but preserving their own top-flight status, while effectively condemning the Blues to Division Two. Managing Chelsea for the first time that day was 35-year old Eddie McCreadie who’d already achieved cult hero status at the Bridge as an integral part of the swashbuckling kings of the King’s Road Blues side that lit up the game in the mid-late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
Set against a gloomy backdrop of economic recession, trouble on the terraces, and a football club on the verge of bankruptcy, Eddie Mac, Eddie Mac forensically details how McCreadie placed his faith in young players and achieved promotion to Division One in 1977. Cheered on by the burgeoning hordes that went by the name of Eddie McCreadie’s Blue and White Army, Chelsea were back and seemingly set for great things — but suddenly Eddie left. Why? The supporters were both perplexed and saddened — the media didn’t really have a clue. There were rumours about a row over a company car, but no-one ever got to know the real reason — until now.
In his own inspiring words, McCreadie details his time as Blues boss and explains why he left. Fascinating interviews with players of the day who clearly revered him paint a picture of a maverick manager ahead of his time, while comedian Omid Djalili sets the scene from a supporters’ perspective with an insightful foreword.
Eddie Mac Eddie Mac is the greatest Chelsea story never told — the missing piece of the complex jigsaw puzzle that depicts Blues history.
Certificate of Authenticity
Every Chelseafan12 signed product is issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, which guarantees that every Chelseafan12 signed item has been hand signed and obtained personally by us.
The certificate features a short description of how the signature has been obtained. Each certificate states when the product has been signed, the location of the signing and the name of the player who has signed the item.
To reassure all Chelsea FC fans that all of our memorabilia is 100% genuine, each Certificate includes a picture of the item you have purchased and, where available, a photo of the player hand signing the product.
In certain instances (due to circumstances outside of our control) it is not always possible to photograph every product whilst signatures are obtained. In these circumstances we provide evidence of the player signing other products during the same signing session. At Chelseafan12.com, we feel this shows authenticity of the item through association.
Each Certificate has unique information; the title of the product and the product code (for any future reference).
Finally, every certificate is signed by a member of our ChelseaFan12 team, authorizing a full life-time, money-back guarantee of the provenance surrounding your very special purchase of Chelsea FC memorabilia.
Framed Items without a ‘PRE-FRAMED’ label will be framed on demand and then dispatched via an overnight courier once framed. Please allow up to 7 working days for delivery.
Memorabilia items marked as ‘PRE-FRAMED’ will be shipped via DHL express to arrive the following day (Order needs to be placed before 2pm)
Unframed memorabilia items under £50 will be shipped via MyHermes delivery to arrive within 2-4 working days.
Any unframed item above £50 will be shipped via DHL express to arrive the following day (Order needs to be placed before 2pm)
Gifts and souvenirs will be shipped via standard delivery. Please allow 3-7 working days
Unframed memorabilia and ‘PRE-FRAMED’ Items are sent via DHL Express and are usually delivered to Europe 1-2 working days (after dispatch); 2-3 working days to USA and 3-4 working days for the rest of the world.
Framed Items without a ‘PRE-FRAMED’ label will be framed on demand and then dispatched via an express courier. Please allow up to 15 working days for framing and delivery.
Gifts and souvenirs will be shipped via standard international. Please allow 4-14 working days
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