One of the biggest takeaways from the less-than-desirable 2015/16 campaign is the importance of the Chelsea communities we’ve been fortunate enough to build through our CIA Chapters. In spite of a lackluster title defense and the (second) departure of a beloved manager, there was always one silver-lining: your fellow Chelsea fans being right by your side.
The Beltway Blues, like so many other CIA chapters, have always said of game days: “Come for the Chelsea, stay for the people (and beer)”. With preseason tours on top of international competition, we as a football community are not fully starved of the beautiful game between Premier League seasons. What is noticeable, however, is the lack of your fellow Blues meeting up at least once a week to share each other’s company and life events while taking in a football match.
Thankfully, this summer, the Beltway Blues found ways to stay in touch and pass the time before the Prem kick-off. In late June, they took to the mighty Potomac River to take in the Washington DC scenery via a Party Yacht that, of course, sold buckets of beer. Once the boat ride was over, it was a mad dash to our host pub, Ireland’s Four Courts, to continue the party and count down to the new season.
Two weeks later, the legend that is Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact came to the nation’s capital to play DC United. Over 50 Beltway Blue members purchased tickets and attended the tailgate and event. Unfortunately for King Didier, he received a red card before he was able to score one of his signature goals. In true Chelsea family fashion, the Beltway Blues had a chuckle at the twist of events and took a drink in his honor as he left the pitch.
With the season returning next week, the Beltway Blues and other CIA chapters will undoubtedly be counting down to seeing our boys in blue fight for redemption and glory. While we are highly anticipating Conte’s reign, reuniting with our Chelsea family will most assuredly be one of the highlights of the day.
Written by Lynn Feldmann of the Beltway Blues