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SOTN - The More Things Change..

Gawd this summer is dragging by, it really is. They say a watched kettle never boils but a watched Chelsea news page never farkin' changes either.

I keep flicking onto Newsnow all the time.

They say the adult male thinks about boobies and shagging every seven seconds. I reckon I check Newsnow at least that often.

I used to think about sex every seven seconds or so but I'm married and 33 years old so its dropped to about every nine seconds (or whenever a hot woman walks past, tight blouse, great legs, pencil skirt etc, whichever happens first).

But sad as it is to say, I probably think about football more often than sex now.

And Newsnow is still the site I use. For mostly everything else I use twitter but deriving your transfer news from Twitter is a bit like going to an agricultural studies college where they train young farmers. A lot of desperate wannabes and the overwhelming stench of bullsh*t.

I check Newsnow convinced everytime that since I last checked six seconds ago, I'll see new breaking headlines like:




or even


But its the same old b*llocks every day. Nothing changes.

And yet you keep checking it.

Someone told me the football fan's life today is unrecognisable from only 20 years ago, and this is one of those times when that just is not true at all.

Anyone remember Ceefax? Oracle? Teletext?

I'm guessing the majority of this site's readership have no idea what I'm on about, but for those who do - the constant checking of Newsnow is just modern day Ceefax Page 302.

I remember it being the first thing i did when I got up and the first thing I did when I got home from school - Page 302. I used to sneak into the auditorium at school at breaktime and lunchtime to switch on the TV there to flick onto Ceefax Page 302. It might seem daft now but it was really serious back then - you could have got a fearful b*llocking and to be deprived of your saturday for a day's detention if caught, but it was worth the risk. You just HAVE to know, you know?

So you switch on the TV, or if someone else is watching it you take (by force if necessary) the remote and bring up Teletext, apologising if necessary.

Cue interminable waiting for the pages to load and shuffle past.

I remember the crushing disappointment as the Chelsea news was always on one page only on how disappointed Chelsea manager Ian Porterfield is about our (slightly unlucky) recent capitulation at home to Southampton and hopes to do better for the very tricky away at Ipswich etc. No new signings etc.

But now and again, you get the news you want and the fact that you've reloaded the page 3,996 times since they last changed the news headline on there, makes it all the sweeter when something does actually happen.

This was in the days before blogs, before the internet, and importantly before the sodding transfer window. It seems like years and years ago and yet we're probably only talking 15 years or so since it was in mass use.

It used to make me laugh when my Dad used to come by the house, wordlessly ignore me, my sister, my mother and all else in the world until he'd checked Page 302. The house could have been crumbling around him in flames in an end-of-days style earthquake and he'd make sure he checked 302. I think maybe it was more important in those days as you had no other means of checking football news, save for reading the papers which we didn't really do in our house mainly because we couldn't afford it.

Now of course if Newsnow doesnt have anything interesting, you check cfc-net, Vital-Chelsea, weaintgotnohistory, The Chelsea Blog, the (excellent) Chelsea fancast or twitter or any of the other myriad of info options available, laughably deluded into thinking they may have something that newsnow hasn't picked up yet. I know I do.

I think the most frustrating thing about teletext was those Clubcall adverts on Oracle, the ITV/Channel 4 version of BBC's Ceefax.

They used to write things on the Chelsea section of the advert page saying things IN CAPITALS WITH QUESTIONMARKS to make it seem more authoritative somehow, like:





...And then link it to a premium rate phone number.


Of course you had no idea what these things meant (or didn't mean, in 99.999% of the cases) you had no option to call and listen to the recorded 'news'.

Invariably the MASSIVE BLUES SWOOP was for the second choice Arbroath keeper you'd never heard of on a 1 year deal, and the SENSATIONAL WINGER DEAL IMMINENT was for a player you had heard of but who was never coming to Chelsea in a million years and ended up at West Ham or QPR or Ipswich because they were better than us at the time. Cue more crushing disappointment.

Of course you can still see Clubcall's webpages on Newsnow even today weirdly enough, and I always pause before clicking on their links not because of the (usually) wildly spurious information and tenuous links, but because I'm still afraid of the hiding I'll get from my mum when the premium rate phone calls hit our phone bill...

Old habits die hard eh?

Well, I guess the best you can say for silly season is that, when all is said and done, there is a lot more said than done.

I'm off to check Newsnow to see if we've signed someone yet.


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Date:Friday June 21 2013
Time: 5:09PM


0 the world has changed....newsnow has really been my go to site for any news chelsea.....better days are here...unlike those days wen we had to depend on the radio and tv sports pundits for our news on we are on our own everywhere we go
21/06/2013 17:25:00
SOTN is back after a small break. And another fine piece. Well this transfer window is crazy. All linkups and we haven't signed anyone except the Schurrle one which was sort of expected but dragged on a long time and a 14 yr old kid for the academy. I am going back and rechecking my news sources to see we have signed anyone or not, lol!!
21/06/2013 17:28:00
I can completely relate to you on this OLASAL, your not alone, and ceefax, wow, seems like a million years ago now, would always get told off for constantly going on page 302.
21/06/2013 17:30:00
Great read by the way...
21/06/2013 17:36:00
That cool sir,i wonder how this world will be in 10yrs.for me,every morning b4 leaving my bed i must go to CFC official website just to make sure i get any new information,that i many times do i visit vitalcfc,rumourmillchelsea etc in a day?countless.
21/06/2013 17:48:00
I am happy u frequent newsnow too, I reallt wish most vital members do so too, atleast majority won't be posting the BS from daily mail and getting off on such rubbish news most time, one advice for u togaflex, take it easy, I believe we'll sign in the next two weeks when the transfer window formally opens, I am already getting tired of reloading my sources all the time with the hope to see a breaking news, I surely feel ur pain, offtopic, rumours are going round that man utd have agreed personal terms with thiago alcantara
21/06/2013 18:16:00
For those that don't know how to get to the news now page, or those that want to get more current with latest chelsea news, beneath Is a link to newsnow. #carefree.........
21/06/2013 18:19:00
Never a dull moment with olasal's articles. These days the sexy intro makes it even more different. Cloud relate too. Back in the days when there was on internet. Would always go through lots of pain to get daily newspapers just to read the football news. My mates were always sure i would have the latest news for them the next morning in school. Whenever there was an argument or disagreement regarding any football news or event, they come to me for the final say, guys much older than me. Today the news bits are at your finger tips. Got the 10 websites bookmarked, gets all the news within minutes of it breaking. Yes i wonder where technology would take us to in 10years time. Watching live matches on your wris*****ches and on streetwalls.... Lol
Chelz Akamz
21/06/2013 18:26:00
Things r really changing & life is getting beta
21/06/2013 19:46:00
haha ceefax page 302!!! if im right were chelsea 312 or 315? so funny how the world has changed.
21/06/2013 20:13:00
Hahaha!!! @Melin, we need emoticons on this site... some comments deserve facial expressions.......!!!!!!!
21/06/2013 21:52:00
Thanks for the link Desmondonadis...
21/06/2013 23:18:00
@gian-franco/luca, you are welcomed man, just another way of contributing to this forum
22/06/2013 06:01:00
22/06/2013 06:52:00
22/06/2013 08:00:00
LOLest! @ElMagico ;)
HGH Magic
22/06/2013 14:09:00
Love this article and definelty relate to this! Early mid 90's were good times! Every Saturday I would be at my cousins house watching ceefax from 3-5 without taking it off. He is united scum and sadly for me united would always win while poor old Chelsea would be 1-0 only to lose so Sometimes by 2 or 3 goals!
23/06/2013 11:33:00
My parents used to complain about 302, but that's nothing compared to my wife complaining about SSN or ChelseaTV!! I've already been accused of indocrinating my 5 year old daughter as whenever any footy is on the box she instinctively asks "is it Chelsea playing daddy!". Success!! Now I just have to wait until she's old enough to see for herself who's playing, fetch me a beer and enjoy the game together!
24/06/2013 08:57:00
Nice piece
24/06/2013 13:12:00
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