Watching the Remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph on Sunday I was reminded of days gone by before our nickname was ‘The Blues.’
Younger readers might not recall but historically the nickname of Chelsea Football Club was always ‘The Pensioners’ – it is only it comparatively recent times that we have been known as the Blues.
While watching the Remembrance Service I was filled with a sense of pride in everything these retired soldiers had done for our country and for each of us as individuals. We enjoy and take for granted so many freedoms that without these (now) old men we might not enjoy; things as simple as writing blogs, using Twitter or even watching football.
Why did we ever change our nickname? We should be proud to be associated with the old soldiers that are the Chelsea Pensioners. Without them, who (or what) would we be?
I’m proud to be a Blue but I’m prouder still to be a Pensioner, a supporter of Chelsea Football Club and of those who gave so selflessly so future generations shouldn’t have to. There are lots of football clubs calling themselves the Blues but only one ever called itself the Pensioners.
Isn’t it time to bring back our old nickname and all show our solidarity with those heroes of yesterday?
Let’s be The Pensioners again!
What do you say?