‘The fans are just’: Micah Richards and Gary Lineker share their views on Chelsea supporters

Micah Richards and Gary Lineker have both given Chelsea followers a pretty bad review.

Richards and Lineker were discussing the best English derbies on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast when they stumbled upon the blue community.

Chelsea entered the list twice thanks to their conflicts with Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham.

Chelsea’s London derbies

Taking on Tottenham is a regular theme throughout the season, but heading just down the road to Craven Cottage hasn’t remained a consistent fixture.

Fulham’s yo-yo-ing between the Premier League and Championship means the Blues are never guaranteed a meeting with their nearest adversary.

But the capital city neighbours will play each other at least twice next year, thanks to the Cottagers’ promotion from the second tier.

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Then they can continue the rivalry that dates back to the early 1900s.

“Chelsea Fulham. They’re probably as close together as almost anyone with the exception of Liverpool and Everton who are very close geographically,” said Lineker.

“The Fulham fans are nice though, aren’t they? You go there, have a nice relaxing day. There’s no animosity,” replied Richards.

But the former Manchester City defender didn’t share this same love for Chelsea.

“Chelsea is horrible. To play there, to go and watch there, the fans are just…”, he continued.

“Fulham, are they the nicest fans in football?”, questioned Lineker.

“We should have a top 10 nicest fans in football and Fulham could win it. Chelsea won’t win it though!”

At least that would allow Fulham to win something against Chelsea…

Stamford Bridge stands tall (if not a little bare)

The last time Marco Silva’s employers triumphed over their post-code sibling was back in 2006.

A late red card to William Gallas topped off a disappointing day for Jose Mourinho’s men, losing 1-0 thanks to a goal from Louis Boa Morte in the 17th minute.

Many of the new members of the Chelsea family probably won’t remember that shock result, shoved to the back pages of history by a run of 21 games unbeaten against Fulham.

But those supporters that Richards and Lineker mention might be able to recall the defeat clear as day.

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Some of them will also struggle to forget the afternoon they were not allowed into Stamford Bridge, due not to possessing a season-ticket.

Following the sanctions shackled upon Roman Abramovich by the UK government, only season-ticket holders have been allowed to attend Premier League home games.

Those who bought tickets to the Brentford game prior to the sanctions were allowed in, but the two fixtures after have only housed season-ticket holders.

Arsenal’s 4-2 win at the Bridge and West Ham United’s 1-0 loss was against the backdrop of many empty seats.

Once the new owners come in, hopefully those ‘nasty’ Chelsea supporters can get back into the ground.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.