WA Chelsea fans gear up for Perth visit by English Premier League club


Mark Nelson, James Ngoroyemoto, Mickey Danilov and Ossie Pereira. Picture: Will Russell           d464799
Mark Nelson, James Ngoroyemoto, Mickey Danilov and Ossie Pereira. Picture: Will Russell         d464799

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

The four-time Premier League winners will play Perth Glory in a friendly at Perth Stadium in July or |August.

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

Mr Pereira, who has supported the Blues since he was a boy living in London, said he was over the moon with the |recent news.

“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 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.

“We’ll be singing all the Chelsea songs (in 2018) and I’m sure there will be plenty of support for Glory too as most of us from WA who will be at the game support both teams.”

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

News coverage and activity on social media should also |expose Perth to football fans around the world, including many of Chelsea’s 400 million supporters. Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said the timing of the event was a major plus and there would be plenty of hotel |accommodation.