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Ex-Chairperson of the Chelsea Supporters Club South Africa, Mr. John Slabber on how the club originated.

“After watching the ’94 FA Cup Final all by myself I thought, there is NO WAY I can be the only Chelsea supporter here in South Africa who had to witness such a blatant biased referee and see Peacock hit the crossbar in that match.”

He recalls phoning MNet and arranged for his contact details to be aired. ”Within minutes of that, I was writing names & contact details like it was crazy. (This was the pre-email era!)”.

Reflecting on the early days, he said that once enough people were organised, the Cape Town guys arranged to meet at MNet at its headquarters at N1 City for the first match of the 1994/95 season where they provided beers & snacks for us.

“Current members who were at that initial get-together was Bill “The Legend” Fussell, Roger “The Voice” King, Alan Koopowitz, Arthur Botha, Grant Wilson and I.”

“We continued to meet after that at various venues as Premier League matches involving Chelsea were screened once every 4 to 6 weeks and then there was the odd Cup match in between (if we progressed. How times have changed!)”

“We have since grown in numbers and the Johannesburg (Keg & Filly) and Cape Town (now at Rygersdal Sports complex (Rondebosch) and Johnny Foxes Pub in Bothasig) and in PE at the Thirsty Turtle, Durban at “house of Curries in Morningside – supporters meet on a weekly basis to watch a sleeping giant emerge”

A note on the start of the Chelsea Supporters Club SA: Mr Alan Koopowitz

“John Slabber and I met up at the Arthur Seat Hotel in Seapoint in July 1994 to start up the SA Chelsea Supporters Club. Chelsea in London had put me in touch with John when I had asked them about a local supporters club, and we met up in Cape Town to get things started. Being in East London myself, most of the subsequent work was done by John, who should get all the credit he deserves for this.”

Long after 1994 – the brand of Chelsea FC in South Africa has continued to grow.

Name

Chelsea Supporters Club South Africa (CSCSA)

Formed

1994

Motto

Keep the Blue Flag Flying High in South Africa. #KTBFFH

We are still the fastest growing supporter’s club in South Africa that support English football. We have official branches in Johannesburg (Keg & Filly), Cape Town, and members in Grahamstown, Durban, Houtbay, Atlantis, Mpumalanga, Port Elizabeth, Kimberley, Pretoria and even Bloemfontein.

Pubs where we watch our games in SA

Cape Town, Rygersdal Sports complex (Rondebosch) and Johnny Foxes (Bothasig), Cape Town as of 2016/2017
Johannesburg, Sunninghill: Keg & Filly
Knysna, Harbour: Mario’s
Durban, “House of Curries” – Florida Rd, Morningside
Nelson Mandela Bay (PE), Thirsty Turtle

Chelsea Supporters Club SA, Executive Committee Members:

Matthew Kretzmer – still the Chairperson!

Founding member as well as chief recruiter in Gauteng. Knowledgeable and a great source on Chelsea FC. He writes, he sings, and he even dances when we score!

Roger King, Treasurer

Founding member of the Club and served as Treasurer due to his expertise. He has supported Chelsea since 1958. He has an unbelievably great sense of humor and he loves ringing the bell when we score!

Ms.  Lynelle Seethal- Public Relations/Marketing/ Social Media

She is as fanatical a Chelsea supporter. She is responsible for marketing the club.

Our brand is growing – as more and more South Africans are now walking around with Chelsea tops and caps. It’s great to see.

Danny Datnow – the Secretary 

He loves Chelsea through and through and this supporters club and has been a long-serving member of this supporters club. Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea in the house.

To become an official member, click here 

We also have a few veterans (not just old timers) that could be possibly considered as the supporters club ambassadors. There are too many to mention here…you know who you are!

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