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Apr 25

Kingstonian leave Kingsmeadow: collateral damage in a modern football parable?

Kingstonian bade an emotional farewell to their ground on Saturday. Could the club, Chelsea and AFC Wimbledon have done more to prevent them moving?

As the minutes ticked down on Kingstonian’s final match at Kingsmeadow one supporter quietly slipped away from the terrace at the end of the east stand. He had a favour to ask but time was tight and the plan was entirely reliant on goodwill. Fortunately there was some of it going around. After knocking on a couple of doors behind the old Kingston Road end his powers of persuasion bore fruit in the form of a temporarily loaned back garden. A strike of a match later the final salute could begin.

The jets of red and white fireworks – an impressive and prolonged display, compromised only by the clear afternoon sky against which they battled for prominence – had the intended effect. “I’d been savouring the moment until then but once they went off, that was it for me,” says lifelong Kingstonian supporter Denise Turner, who was watching from the stand. “I thought I was going to cry. We’ve got so many memories here but that signalled the end of it.”

Related: Underdog eat underdog: the victims of football’s greatest fairytale | Oliver Bullough

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Apr 23

Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kanté voted PFA player of the year

• Kanté sees off competition from team-mate Eden Hazard to take award
• Spurs midfielder Dele Alli wins young player prize for second year running

The Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the 2016-17 season. The Frenchman is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season.

He saw off competition from his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez.

Related: Antonio Conte’s new guard maintain Chelsea’s fighting spirit of old | Jacob Steinberg

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/23/pfa-player-of-the-year-ngolo-kante

Apr 23

Kante wins PFA Player of the Year award

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is voted the PFA Player of the Year for 2016-17, with Tottenham’s Dele Alli picking up the young player award.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39686272

Apr 23

Antonio Conte’s new guard maintain Chelsea’s fighting spirit of old | Jacob Steinberg

Eden Hazard and co have a softer edge than their predecessors but proved against Tottenham that they can stand firm despite losing the likes of John Terry

Told all week that this game would define the title race, the moment when the balance of power would swing Tottenham Hotspur’s way, a less durable team than Chelsea might have responded to Dele Alli’s splendid equaliser shortly after half-time by crumbling. On another day, it would have been in the script. Tottenham, brilliant and refreshing, were on top. They were surely going to reach the FA Cup final. Then they were going to win the league.

But even when Chelsea were on the ropes, to doubt them in the moments before Eden Hazard’s decisive cameo was to fail to understand them. There is something about this club. For all the nouveau riche jibes and accusations of artificially bought success that have flown their way ever since Roman Abramovich spotted Stamford Bridge from his helicopter 14 years ago, and for all the managerial changes and bouts of dressing-room insurrection that have often made them look like a textbook case of everything that is wrong with modern football, there is also an inner toughness running through Chelsea that allows them to rebel, stand firm, trust in themselves and emerge a little battered, a little bruised, but ultimately unscathed.

Related: Chelsea’s Antonio Conte the tactical werewolf bares teeth and bites Spurs | Barney Ronay

Related: Tottenham produce moments of magic but can’t rewrite the new Wembley script | David Hytner

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/23/antonio-conte-chelsea-new-guard-fa-cup-semi-final-tottenham

Apr 23

Harry Kane says Tottenham are focused on league title fight after FA Cup exit

• Kane: ‘We want to finish strong in the league’
• Spurs face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday

Harry Kane believes Tottenham Hotspur have shown Chelsea that the title race is far from over after pushing the Premier League leaders hard in their FA Cup semi-final.

Tottenham left Wembley licking their wounds after losing 4-2 to Antonio Conte’s side and one school of thought is that they suffered significant psychological damage at the hands of their London rivals. They can prove otherwise by winning at Crystal Palace on Wednesday, however, and Kane preferred to focus on the positives, arguing that Chelsea will certainly not be taking Mauricio Pochettino’s team lightly.

Related: Tottenham produce moments of magic but can’t rewrite the new Wembley script | David Hytner

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/23/harry-kane-tottenham-chelsea-league-title-crystal-palace

Apr 22

Chelsea win shows league title pedigree

Alan Shearer says Chelsea FA Cup semi-final victory against Tottenham shows why they will go on and win the Premier League.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39682193

Apr 21

Antonio Conte pays tribute to Ugo Ehiogu: ‘We will remember him tomorrow’

• ‘When this type of situation happens the football is not important’
• Gary Cahill may miss FA Cup semi-final with gastroenteritis

Antonio Conte has admitted that the sudden death of Ugo Ehiogu will overshadow the build-up to Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, the club where Ehiogu had been working as an under-23 coach.

Ehiogu’s death will be marked before the encounter between the two teams fighting for the Premier League title, in which both sides are expected to wear black armbands. “I think when this type of situation happens the football is not important,” Conte said. “It’s not easy to speak about it, because this situation hits every one of us, and for sure tomorrow there will be a strange atmosphere.

Related: Ugo Ehiogu: a warrior on the field but a gentle giant off it

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/21/antonio-conte-pays-tribute-ugo-ehiogu

Apr 21

Cahill treated for gastroenteritis

Defender Gary Cahill is set to miss Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham on Saturday after suffering from gastroenteritis.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39670914

Apr 21

Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Nemanja Matic scores a stunning goal as Chelsea beat Tottenham in a thrilling semi-final at Wembley to reach the FA Cup final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39604653

Apr 20

Chelsea may recall John Terry for Cup semi-final if Gary Cahill remains unwell

• Cahill hospitalised for two days with illness
• Terry, Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake all in frame for a game

Chelsea fear they could be without their captain, Gary Cahill, for Saturday’s eagerly anticipated FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, with the England defender struggling to recover from an illness which has affected him all week and saw him hospitalised for two days.

Related: Tottenham hungry but Chelsea are FA Cup semi favourites, says Pochettino

Related: Has José Mourinho reminded Spurs how to beat Chelsea in the Cup at Wembley? | Jonathan Wilson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/20/gary-cahill-chelsea-tottenham-fa-cup-semifinal

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