From the publisher:
Jason Gibbins attended his first Chelsea game on January 1, 1980 – an eventful 3-3 Division Two clash at Luton Town that kicked-off at 11am.
And, yes, it continues to annoy him greatly that he missed out on watching Chelsea in the ‘70s by a meagre 11 hours…
But the six-year-old boy that was taken to see the Blues at Kenilworth Road on that frosty morning was already a fan, being – as he is – the son of a Chelsea supporter who first visited Stamford Bridge in the 1950s.
Following that first game Jason followed Chelsea throughout the 1980s in the company of his dad before, by 1990, he was ready to go it alone – opening up new opportunities for fun, adventure, failed encounters with the opposite sex, and near arrests.
For Better or Worse follows two paths as it tells the story of life, love and Chelsea in the ‘90s.
The first tracks each full season of the decade as Chelsea progress from mid-table mediocrity to a team competing on the European stage.
The second, meanwhile, focuses game-by-game on the progression of Chelsea’s 1997 FA Cup campaign - a campaign of additional significance for Jason thanks to a rash promise to propose should his beloved Blues win the cup…
“It has been 27 years since we last won it,” Jason said at the time, “so the odds are stacked in my favour.”
Jason Gibbins is a journalist. But don’t hold that against him.