Chelsea fans loud, proud

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH sup­port­ers of English Premier League gi­ant Chelsea have promised plenty of noise when the club vis­its WA in 2018.

The four-time Premier League win­ners will play Perth Glory in an in­ter­na­tional friendly at Perth Sta­dium in July or Au­gust next year.

Cock­burn coun­cil worker Ossie Pereira is among more than 100 mem­bers of Chelsea’s Perth-based sup­port­ers club.

He said he was thrilled with the an­nounce­ment.

“I first heard of this game last year and con­tacted Chelsea FC, but they wouldn’t con­firm any­thing, so I thought it was false,” he said.

“But now that it has been con­firmed, I’m over the moon.

“This game will cer­tainly put WA on the foot­ball map and hope­fully other English Premier League teams will think about com­ing here to play, as well as play­ing over east.”

With the foot­ball ex­pe­ri­ence about much more than just the ac­tion on the pitch, Mr Pereira said sup­port­ers were keen to en­sure they gen­er­ate plenty of noise.

“For the Syd­ney game in 2015, we had all the sup­port­ers club mem­bers sit­ting to­gether at one end of the ground, which cre­ated quite a bit of noise,” he said.

“As most mem­bers know quite a few Chelsea songs, the deci­bels were very high on that night for most of the game.”

The deal is ex­pected to at­tract 15,000 in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional visi­tors and pour $15 mil­lion into WA shops, ho­tels, bars and other lo­cal at­trac­tions.

Chelsea fans Mark Nel­son, James Ngoroye­moto, Mickey Danilov and Ossie Pereira.

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