Eastern Blues was formed on 26th April 2009.
Previous Chairman, Joe Tyler, had just watched a Didier Drogba 84th minute goal seal victory in the FA Cup Semi Final against Arsenal, at Wembley Stadium. Riding high after securing a place in the final, he returned to his car to be stuck in traffic attempting to begin the long journey back to Norwich.
A coach full of Chelsea fans from the West Country were in the same traffic but were sitting back relaxing watching an old match, being driven back home. This coach was carrying members of the Cornish Blues Supporters Club. After research, it was discovered that there had been a couple of different Supporters Clubs covering the East Anglia area over the years, but all had ceased to exist. The nearest Official Supporters Club was now around 100 miles away from Norwich and work began to form the Eastern Blues.
Progress was slow initially and by midway through the 2009-2010 season, the club had around 20 members. However, car sharing to games was already making the match day journey a more enjoyable experience. By December 2010 the club membership had grown to 60 True Blues which saw the club become an Official Supporters Club affiliated to Chelsea at a Silver level, running a minibus to some home games along with the odd away fixture. A few months later and a number of enquiries from the Ipswich area, saw the club expand to cover this area with Kevin Dedman joining the committee. The additional members pushed us up to Gold affiliation.
Over the next couple of years, club membership numbers kept rising, seeing us surpass the requirement to achieve Platinum affiliation, the highest level possible. The club ran full sized coaches to some home and away games, along with organising its first trip to a European away game in Gelsenkirchen, Germany to see Chelsea take on Schalke. This game became the first of many trips to European away games and the club now has a number of members on both the UEFA and UK Away Schemes.
In November 2014, after putting in a lot of work to drive the club forward to become the largest UK Supporters Club, Joe relocated to pastures new and stepped down as Chairman of the club. Adam Robinson took over this role and has continued with the work to increase membership levels and to build the Chelsea community within East Anglia.
Over the last few years we have had members at every single game, home and away in the UK and across Europe. The club organises a trip to virtually every European away fixture, the furthest being a 5,728 mile trip to Azerbaijan in November 2017!
The club has continued to grow and go from strength to strength, thanks to the hard work of the club committee and its members and now enters into its 10th year in 2019!