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Lunchtime Social Chat: Meet Rick Glanvill -Chelsea Football Club Historian


Join Rick Glanvill for a chat in our virtual SoG common room to learn more about his work as a genealogist, author, tour guide, and his role as Chelsea Football Club’s official historian. 

Our lunchtime chats are friendly and relaxed, So grab a sandwich and a cup of tea and sit down with us.  You will have plenty of opportunity to ask Rick questions about his path to his current professional roles, a bit of history about Chelsea FC, as well as his own very interesting family history. 

You can join small breakout groups to exchange ideas and also take part in joint discussions in the virtual common room. Do you have a footballer or sportsman in your family tree? Do share your stories with us. 


About our guest: Rick Glanvill is a multiple award-winning writer, author and researcher based in London. His work covers social history, genealogy, music and football. He has worked for all Chelsea FC's publications and media since 1993 and is the club's official historian. He is also an active contributor to the Chelsea FC Graves society.

He is the author of several books, including Chelsea – The Complete Record, a comprehensive statistical and narrative survey of each season 1905 to 2015. 

Rick is a former Guardian columnist (‘Urban Myths’) and co-founder of Virgin Net. Those with a love of London history will enjoy his website at:  He is also an official Clerkenwell and Islington Guide.

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