Chelsea has long been regarded as the place to be seen for celebrities, from the time when the great Lord Attenborough, then just Richard Attenborough, trained with the side he supported, later introducing Hollywood A-Listers Laurence Olivier, Racquel Welch and Frank Sinatra to the kings of the King’s Road.
Nothing has changed in the intervening years, and the Blues remain a huge draw for those in the public eye.
A busy week for Jose Mourinho’s squad saw them put defeat to Newcastle behind us thanks to Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Schalke, and the stars were out in force to watch it happen.
Tennis ace Rafael Nadal joined the squad in the dressing room after the game, while his great competitor Novak Djokovic was also in the crowd taking time off from the ATP event taking place across London. Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash was also at the ground well before kick-off.
Stars of stage and screen were watching too. Christine Bleakley, Frank Lampard’s fiancée, is a regular in the East Stand and can often be seen next to Frank Sr supporting the Blues. On Wednesday, she brought along her friend Susanna Reid, the BBC Breakfast presenter currently causing a stir on Strictly Come Dancing. Behind them was Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who has starred in a string of recent box office hits.
Away from matchday we’ve hosted more stars from sport and entertainment this week. Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton and England Under-21 player, interviewed Ryan Bertrand and caught up with former team-mate Gary Cahill at Cobham on Monday, at the same time as British rockers Young Guns were up at the Bridge for a photoshoot, and then on Thursday, world snooker number one Neil Robertson joined the squad at the training ground.
Not all our visitors have been enjoying a day off. Andy Murray has been working hard at our training ground in recent weeks, as the British number one and reigning Wimbledon and Olympic tennis champion steps up his recovery from back surgery.
It all goes to show Chelsea is still the number one destination in the Premier League, and long may it continue.
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