Terry backs Blues stadium plans

Blues captain Terry – who is also a lifelong supporter – spoke out

amid what appeared to be growing opposition to the proposal to buy

out Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO), a plan that is being seen as a

precursor to a move to a new 60,000-seater stadium. Terry, who is

also president of CPO, told the club’s official website:

“Obviously, I have great memories of Stamford Bridge. “But what

excites me is the thought of my kids, who are Chelsea through and

through, being able to grow up watching the team play in a big

stadium. “We’re talking about the next generation of kids beyond

that as well. It excites me because I know for sure that we can

grow. “It’s not hidden that other clubs throughout Europe have gone

out and bought sites for big stadiums. “And we are not the only

club with a rich owner. There are others, including QPR locally,

who are going to look to expand in west London as well. “For us to

go further, we might need to move, and we have to trust our owner.

“He has been amazing since he bought the club, along with our fans

as well. No one is saying it is going to be an immediate change but

we need to be looking. “We have to remember that London is a

hotspot, west London especially, and big development companies can

build substantial flats and penthouses here, and if we’re not

putting our name in the hat for these sites, then without a doubt

they’ll be snapped up by developers.” He added: “I wouldn’t be

coming out, speaking publicly and backing the club if I didn’t

believe in it. “I could quite easily say nothing and let the club

do their thing but I’ve been here for so long and I’ve spoken to

the owner on numerous occasions. “He is Chelsea mad and wants us to

be in with the Barcelonas, the Man Uniteds, and we know that

doesn’t happen overnight. “All the fans who bought shares in

Chelsea Pitch Owners have played a very important part in the

history of the club. I am the president of CPO so I understand what

it is about. “If the club does decide to move then there are some

sites in west London that spring to mind that are not too far and I

don’t believe Roman ever wants to take us too far away.” Several

supporters’ groups have united to try to convince shareholders of

CPO – who have been in possession of the land beneath Stamford

Bridge since the 1990s – to vote against the club’s proposal. The

‘Say No CPO’ campaign plan to distribute 10,000 leaflets before

this weekend’s Premier League match against Everton, which is being

broadcast by Sky Sports. They insist they have no intention of

disrupting the game, claiming they were only seeking to raise

awareness of their cause. A spokesperson said: “There’s no rally,

there’s no protest – we’re just trying to get our point of view

across to as many shareholders as possible. “A lot of them haven’t

received the literature or documentation from CPO, so we just want

them to be aware of the vote, our website and the argument we have

for them to vote no.” Last week saw Chelsea write to CPO

shareholders – most of whom are fans – with a proposal to buy back

the Stamford Bridge freehold, which they sold to prevent property

developers making the club homeless. However, after all but giving

up on expanding the stadium due to red tape, the Blues are now

considering relocating, but are unable to move unless they can

profit from the land on which their current home sits. Fans are

divided on the issue of leaving Stamford Bridge, with many

genuinely conflicted and some pressing for a no vote at an

extraordinary general meeting of the CPO on October 27 simply to

force the club to reveal more details about their plans. Others

want the existing CPO arrangement transferred to any new stadium

but it is understood this is not an option.