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The Club Name

The name “Young Chelsea” might not be so obvious for a club located in Shepherd’s Bush in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.  The explanation lies long ago, but not so far away.


The “Young” in the club name dates back to the time when the club was founded in 1968, when it was established to cater particularly for young players.  In the early years our typical members were young working professionals, but the passage of time has wrought its changes.   Several of the original club members, now no longer young, are still playing.  Although we like to think of ourselves as still young at heart and the club still provides a particularly warm welcome for young players, our membership now spans all ages; there is no age limit (in either direction!) for members.


The “Chelsea” in the club name refers to the original home of the club in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (actually in the Earl’s Court area, but “Young Earl’s Court” does not have quite the same cachet).


Warwick Pitch (21st March 1937 – 30th August 2013)

Warwick Pitch was one of the founding members and the original proprietor of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.  The club would never have become what it is today without his selfless efforts.  Club member Chris Duckworth wrote this article, telling his story, for the Winter 2006 issue of MetroNews, the newsletter of the LMBA.


The Early Years

Warwick himself wrote this article about the club’s beginnings which originally appeared in the March 1990 issue of Chelsea Bridge, a very occasional publication by the club.


‘English Bridge’ on the Young Chelsea

Club member John Probst wrote this article which appeared in the June 1997 issue of English Bridge, the magazine of the English Bridge Union.  Beneath its hyperbole lay a grain of truth.


Tom Gunn (30th June 1945 – 8th December 2015)

A photographic portrait


Chelsea Bridge (scanned issues of the club magazine)

April 1974   January 1985   March 1990   March 1991   March 1995



Page last updated 1st April 2017