From the publisher:
‘Individual moments of genius in your memory bank, goals that make you proud to have witnessed them.’ Kerry Dixon.
There have been many brilliant and significant goals scored in Chelsea’s gloriously unpredictable history and in Blue Hitmen, lifelong supporter Paul Radcliffe details and ranks the 25 strikes he believes to be the greatest.
From a thunderbolt penalty at a packed Stamford Bridge in 1955 to a magnificent Premier League triumph fifty years later. From a goal that may have kept the Chelsea FC in existence to a strike that helped put the club in the international billionaires’ league. Fantastic European triumphs against some of the biggest teams in the world with brilliant goals from Chelsea’s superstars.
The book takes us on a journey from the Bridge, via a rain-soaked terrace at Burnden Park, Bolton, to a game in the global spotlight at the awesome Allianz Arena in Munich. The Blues were about to face Bayern Munich on their home ground for European football’s ultimate prize. Was this just one step beyond?
Great names from seven decades of Chelsea hitmen are listed as we explore wonderful goals from different eras looking for what makes a strike special. Sometimes it can be the sheer emotion of the day like Chelsea’s return to the old first division at Highbury roared on by 20,000 Blues fans. From
Osgood to Lampard, from Stockholm to Barcelona. Who would you choose? Football is about opinions and Blue Hitmen takes us back to some memorable games including clashes with Liverpool, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Paul Radcliffe has followed the Blues over land and sea for almost fifty years - his first game was an FA Cup 5th round victory, 1-2 (Osgood, Garner) over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in February, 1973.