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To CPO Shareholders,

To CPO Shareholders,

This is just a short and simple message to all the CPO shareholders who read this site.

Please, please, please, please, please when the time comes, and it will, vote yes on Chelsea's plans to move home. I understand that it is our home, our only home. But sometimes you've got to move on.

When you were young and left home to go to university or make a life of your own, were you looking back and thinking,

'I can't leave, I've lived here most my life'.

No, you went out on a search for an exciting new adventure and found a new home to call your own. The club understands the historic value of Stamford Bridge, after all Roman is more a fan than an owner. And I'm 100% sure if it was financially viable he would help us to hold onto our cherished ground. But it isn't. We currently have the 243rd largest stadium in the world (for football) and if you look at this list, it's rather embarrassing who is ahead of us...

I mean, as stated by someone on a similar article to this, AS Bari, a Serie B team has a bigger ground than us. And they're not even in their countries main league!

With FFP coming into play, and all us fans expecting the team to experience a transition, how in the hell can we pay for all that without a big stadium and a big sponsorship deal. Samsung, or whoever, will pay far more to see their name on a brand new stadium than on SB, because if we're honest, when they change the name it'll still be Stamford Bridge to us.

Also, I hear you all moaning that it would be embarrassing because we wouldn't fill our stadium. Well at the moment our average BPL attendance is only 600 odd off full, as in completely full. And those will simply be the people who bought tickets but couldn't make a match.

So please, if not for us fans and not for Roman, do it for Stamford Bridge, let it leave our hearts in a blaze of glory and it be remembered and cherished forever. If we don't act when the next opportunity arrives, we have no chance of staying within 3 miles, we wouldn't have the time.

Just remember your loyalty is to the club, our club, not your blinking wallets.

PS: Even if your loyalty is in your wallet, the more seats in the stadium, the cheaper the seats are likely to be, think of it like an investment, except you get given money to participate rather than the other way round.

Win, win. No?

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Date:Friday June 8 2012
Time: 12:07PM


How many of the vital chelsea members are also CPO shareholders? More importantly a part of the Say No CPO?
08/06/2012 12:42:00
@ghostwriter, mate that 600 odd tickets is normally ticket touts buying loads to sell on matchdays at double face value,and when they dont sell they throw them in the bin. so most spare tickets aint people not going its touts ruining it for other people who try to get tickets through the club but cant. the sooner the club sort touts out the better. i had to pay £190 for my ticket to the last game of the season when we won the double against wigan! was worth it though lol
08/06/2012 13:04:00
I am a CPO shareholder and I agree we cannot stay at SB and be competitive at the top level. I would have one condition, which is that there should be a similar arrangement to ensure that the new ground cannot be sold from under us. Batesy may not have been universally liked but this was one very good thing he did for our saving us in the first place!
08/06/2012 13:26:00
Ranners,i hope other CPO members are like u with the interest of the club at heart,its annoying when CHELSEA FC cant have a pitch that can house 60k to 70k fans.It makes us play catchup with the reals,barcas,bayerns and man utd of this world
08/06/2012 13:52:00
@dtr1977, sadly that's not the only way tickets are wasted, it is a main contributer, but there are people, it's happened to my Dad who has had to for example go to a funeral or a meeting on occasion and hasn't had time to offload his tickets.
08/06/2012 14:05:00
08/06/2012 14:06:00
My son and I are CPO shareholders and we'll again say no if Buck treats us like idiots and tries to steam roll something through a meeting. Give us a viable alternative within 3 miles and we, like almost everyone else, will vote yes.
Telluride Kiwi
08/06/2012 14:48:00
I'm not a CPO shareholder..... Just saying
Mr Tommy Chelsea
08/06/2012 14:57:00
@Telluride Kiwi, I understand that the way it was presented wasn't as nice as one might have hoped. And I understand the desire to stay within 3 miles. But it is very hard to find, especially in west London, a place with enough space to build a decent size ground. And the fact that Chelsea fans even have the possibility to try and talk to the board is a privilege, not a right, as fans of the club you should just trust that the club has the club's interest at heart. Out of interest, and this is a genuine question, what are you afraid would happen if you say yes???
08/06/2012 16:18:00
Also an addendum to my actual article, here's a map of the possibilities (as well as with the nearby already existing grounds on it).
08/06/2012 16:24:00
@Telluride Kiwi, i have a question for you then and other CPO's who've voted NO is, is it because of the idea of CFC moving Stadiums and thus releasing your stake in decision making process in regards to the pitch or because of the treatment that you've received from Buck and other board members in the process without due process??? When the idea of buying back the shares from CPO first happened, i had a feeling that Buck among others tried to rush it through and did not anticipate this much difficulty with the process. Thus rumors where out that some members did not want to sell for the same value the shares where purchased for initially and wanted the club to consider the time value of money.... Since you and other CPO's have direct effect on the future of the clubs home in the future, what are your thoughts about the club trying to expand its home/fan base and move to a more viable location? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and other CPO's ..... Thanks in advance!
08/06/2012 16:31:00
So many people, the author included who clearly don't understand the issues at all. It is not and never was about leaving SB, most of the CPO shareholders know that it must happen one day. It's about the proposal on offer and until they can be sure that the proposal is in the best interests of Chelsea FC (not to mention honest), then they should and will continue to block it. To suggest that it is a privilege and not a right for Chelsea fans to be able to talk to the Board is plain wrong. Every fan who purchased a CPO share absolutely has the right to talk to the Board about it! "Trust that the club has the club's interest at heart."?! Sweet but very, very naive. You clearly weren't there in the 70's and 80's, were you?!
08/06/2012 18:11:00
guys i have got an interesting question for cpo share holders. if club is getting a really good and developable sight on cheap and club can really dwvwlope an iconic stadium there. BUT the sight is out of the proposed 3 mile radius clause. what would cpo's do? would they say yes to proposal for the better future of the club? or wpuld they show the same greedyness?
08/06/2012 19:17:00
@SpanishBlue, I should clear up the privilege not a right comment, what I meant was it is something that most fans don't have the opportunity to do. This is a completely unique situation, most clubs wouldn't have to ask their fans permission (Arsenal moving from Highbury to Emirates comes to mind as a recent example). And I think that it isn't naive to say the club wants the club to succeed. I doubt the board, in fact, more importantly, I doubt Roman, who is probably one of our biggest fan, sits in his office wondering how he can ruin this club. No, he sits in his office wondering how he can improve our club. With all due respect, get over yourself, you evidently haven't tried to understand the intentions of the article, I couldn't care less about your opinions on the last proposal, I was saying that next time the opportunity comes around, understand that the club are investing money to make a new ground and wouldn't pay 350 million odd quid to build a stadium if they didn't think it was the best route.
08/06/2012 19:33:00
im not a cpo man but i do understand that they bought the shares to save our club from the developers so lets not have a go they did the best for the club when it needed it,why dont the club exchage the shares for new cpo shares at a new ground so ensuring the new ground couldnt be sold to a developer
08/06/2012 19:37:00
Not only that, the article is intended to raise the issues so that fans can discuss the ones that exist, if they haven't been mentioned in the article then bring them up. Hell that's the point, but show a little respect because the reason I've mentioned the points I have is because those are the ones most people say are the problem, if I haven't heard someone mention one before then it doesn't make me naive, just means I haven't heard it before. You are genuinely one of the first people I've talked to who has said that they thought the proposal itself was completely incorrect: most people I've talked to just say that they didn't like the idea of leaving SB or didn't trust the plans to be followed through on!
08/06/2012 19:39:00
@herefordchelsea, yeah that's the idea most people want. And I understand that back then they did the right thing and saved our club. I fully expect that the CPO top dogs will suggest to the board the idea of a similar CPO deal for any new ground. The slight problem in that is the idea that CPO shareholders may want to make money off the shares again if the time comes when we need a new stadium again. Maybe they could create a similar situation to the original one, so people lose their shares, but are able to buy new ones at the same price as they can now.
08/06/2012 19:44:00
Well I was going to discuss the issue GW but you don't seem to be treating me with very much respect, so I don't think I'll bother thanks. Go back and read the articles from last year when this came up but don't expect me to try and have a discussion and explain the situation to you if you are going to react like a toddler and have a strop.
08/06/2012 21:01:00
I'm sorry mate, I was a bit disrespectful, but it's very hard not to be when someone critiques you in the manner you did to me (not to mention when they have clearly misunderstood your words). But nonetheless, if you were offended then I'm not one to hold a grudge, so I apologise. And would actually love to know your answer to ChampionBlue's question (also, were we to move outside of the 3 miles, anywhere you'd aim for?)
08/06/2012 22:20:00
this might be a stupid question but can roman not go ahead and build a new chelsea stadium anyway and just keep stamford bridge? with no chelsea playing there i doubt the share holders will want to keep their shares much longer
09/06/2012 00:18:00
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