'Diamonds, Dynamos and Devils' is a book for anyone who remembers Chelsea in the 1960's, anyone with an interest in the club's history and anyone with an interest in how the personality of one man can reshape a football club.
It utilises extensive research to detail and examine all the above personalities and events, and many more, and draws a series of conclusions about one of the most exciting periods in Chelsea history. It also includes an exclusive author interview with Tommy Docherty, carried out in April 2017.
Docherty managed Chelsea FC for six tumultuous years. Between 1961 and 1967 he got hired, relegated, promoted, lauded, vilified, backed, victimised, fined and sacked.
Garrulous, volatile, unpredictable, impulsive, inventive, intensely competitive, highly talented and much-loved by Chelsea supporters, ‘The Doc’ won one trophy for The Blues and was close to winning plenty more - he reached five semi-finals in three seasons. Docherty transformed and modernised the club, built a highly-regarded young team from the ashes he inherited but over time he fell out with, and sold, key players. In the end, amid gathering controversy, his parting was probably inevitable.
The players – Docherty’s Diamonds. Peter Bonetti. Eddie McCreadie. Ken Shellito. Allan Harris. John Mortimore. Frank Upton. Ron Harris. Marvin Hinton. John Hollins. John Boyle. Terry Venables. Frank Blunstone. Bobby Tambling. Barry Bridges. Bert Murray. Graham Moore. George Graham. Peter Osgood. Charlie Cooke. Tommy Baldwin. Tony Hateley. And many more. The swathe of home-produced talent, the bargain buys and the expensive flops.
The famous victories. Sunderland ’63. Portsmouth ’63. Tottenham Hotspur ’64 and ‘65. Leeds United ’64, ‘66 and ‘67. West Ham United ’65 and ‘66. Leicester City ’65. Roma ’65. Liverpool ’66. AC Milan ’66. Barcelona '66. Villa ’66. Man City ‘66 and plenty more.
The numbing defeats. Stoke City ’63. Manchester United ’65. Forest ’65. Liverpool ‘65. Sheffield Wednesday ‘66. Barcelona ‘66. Tottenham Hotspur ’67. Southampton ’67 and, sadly, quite a few more.
The ground and the supporters. 70,000 home crowd v Tottenham. The lock-outs, crushes and broken crash barriers. The building of the West Stand. Doc’s ‘they’re useless’ criticism of the Chelsea crowd. 5,000 to Anfield. Mick Greenaway’s programme letters. The great European nights. The Blue Submarine. The naming of The Shed.
The controversies, the incidents and the rows. Blackpool and Bermuda – the incidents, the fall-outs and the aftermaths. The Roma riot. The clear-out of the old guard after taking over. Cup ticket disputes. Doc’s Cup Final speech. Controversial substitutions. Pay disputes. The modern shirts. The tactical innovations. The off-the-cuff press comments. The transfer requests. The Barry Bridges march, petition and St Pancras mobbing. Ossie’s televised v-sign. The player sales propping up precarious club finances. Pitch flooding. The growing feud with Leeds United. Doc's fall-outs with Venables, Bridges and others, leading to the premature break-up of the team. Tottenham’s whinging about excessive physicality. Rows with the Football League and Football Association. Doc’s close relationship with chairman Joe Mears and his volatile dealings with his replacement Bill 'our chairman is a' Pratt. His departure from the club. And plenty more.
I am seeking to crowdfund a hardback version of the book, including 24 photos and a slip cover. To finance that, I am trying to raise at least £5,000 through receiving a minimum of 200 pledges on Kickstarter. A single copy for the UK costs £25 (including p&p) - prices for one or two copies, and for different parts of the world, are listed at the right of this page.
Here's me being interviewed about the book on the Chelsea fancast https://chelseafancast.com/2017/05/diamonds-dynamos-devils/
This project blog gives further background, details on the book and information on the pledging process https://diamondsdynamosanddevils.wordpress.com/ .
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Risks and challenges
Those who have known me a long time may know I have had a tendency towards over-optimism when it comes to cost, complexity, deadlines etc, though it is fair to say I underestimated the complexities involved in researching, writing, producing and (particularly) crowdfunding a book.
Mark Worrall from Gate 17 Books, publishers of 'Diamonds, Dynamos and Devils', has been essential in ensuring that an ongoing sense of realism has pervaded the project.
The text is completed. The photos have been identified. A printer is lined up. Detailed costings have been made, so we know that receiving pledges for a minimum of 200 copies at £25 (including p&p) will mean that the book is a goer. We are working to timelines that, barring unforeseen circumstances, we feel are workable and realistic.
Remember, if insufficient pledges are received, no money is withdrawn from your account. If sufficient pledges are received, as we obviously hope, money will be deducted from accounts after the Kickstarter campaign closes on Tuesday 20th June.
The plan is to distribute the hardback books in early autumn. Because unexpected slippage can occur in publishing projects of this type, our commitment is to get the hardback books out to backers in good time for Christmas but, hopefully, early autumn is achievable.
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