Rhyme and Treason

Chelsea 2015-2016 A Season in Verse


I came up with the idea of writing a poem per game for one Chelsea season, just before the 2015/16 campaign. Why not, I thought; we’d just won the premier league, and everything seemed pretty rosy. A few games into the new season and I wondered what I’d been thinking of. Everything was unravelling. Fast. There was drama off the field, and alarmingly bad results on it. But I’m a die-hard supporter, and there was nothing for it but to plough on, my raw emotions spilling out as I, like most other supporters, became increasingly frustrated and bewildered.


Mark Worrall, a Chelsea friend, author, and proprietor of Gate 17 publications, approached me after I tweeted one of my poems which had attracted considerable attention. I elaborated on my planned project, and so this season-long collection was born. It reflects my feelings as I was navigating through what was an unpredicted drop from glory to despair. But football supporters are made of tough stuff, and regardless of what team you support, you will identify with the sentiments expressed. Not always rational. Not always unbiased. But always passionate.

If you appreciate the writing on this blog, take a look at Rhyme and Treason: Chelsea 2015-2016 a season in verse.

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Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

If you enjoyed Rhyme and Treason: Chelsea 2015-2016 a season in verse, you’ll love Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered: The poetic ramblings of a die-hard Chelsea supporter during the head-scratching 2018-19 reign of Maurizio Sarri.

Click here to learn more. Click here to order in paperback or Kindle editions.

You could also take a look at some items of Love Letters From The Stand, a review of the 2016-2017 season, written from the point-of-view of one supporter – at times elated, at times frustrated. It was going to be a book but…  Life gets in the way, sometimes.

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