The spirit of Chelsea

the work from the archive
of ex-Chelsea football club photographer Steev Burgess


Somewhat before the time of Steev Burgess, but this poster by an unknown artist is one of my favourite London underground railway sports posters.

Somewhat before the time of Steev Burgess, but this poster by an unknown artist is one of my favourite London underground railway sports posters.

Kevin Wilson (Chelsea) at Watford.

Kevin Wilson (Chelsea) at Watford.

As Chelsea plan their to return to Istanbul to face Galatasaray, I remember the “warm welcome” we received in the old Ali Sam Yen stadium, or “the Hell” as their fans liked to call it.

As Chelsea plan their to return to Istanbul to face Galatasaray, I remember the “warm welcome” we received in the old Ali Sam Yen stadium, or “the Hell” as their fans liked to call it.

"Frank LeBouef hits the bar". For me, this was as good a football news picture as I could take and the kind of thing my editor wanted. More than a decade later, it brings back the incident, the context, the players, the stadium etc, in other words, it tells a story.

"Frank LeBouef hits the bar". For me, this was as good a football news picture as I could take and the kind of thing my editor wanted. More than a decade later, it brings back the incident, the context, the players, the stadium etc, in other words, it tells a story.

"Zola celebrates his 50th goal with the fans"

"Zola celebrates his 50th goal with the fans"

"Zola scores his 50th goal for Chelsea against Coventry city"

"Zola scores his 50th goal for Chelsea against Coventry city"

"The front cover". As I was mainly an action landscape photographer without the most powerfull of lenses, it was always special when a picture I’d taken was chosen ahead of the newspaper and agency photographers with huge budgets.

"The front cover". As I was mainly an action landscape photographer without the most powerfull of lenses, it was always special when a picture I’d taken was chosen ahead of the newspaper and agency photographers with huge budgets.

"Gianfranco Zola scores at Old Trafford"

"Gianfranco Zola scores at Old Trafford"

"The amazing sight greeting the players as they come out at Marseille".

"The amazing sight greeting the players as they come out at Marseille".

"Graham Le Saux gets an earfull at Old trafford" Sorry about the crop on this one.

"Graham Le Saux gets an earfull at Old trafford" Sorry about the crop on this one.