Damien Duff opens up on drinking culture at Chelsea

‘We’d would go out and get absolutely lamped… it was the norm’: Damien Duff opens up on pub crawls with Chelsea team-mates John Terry, Frank Lampard and Co… but he refused ‘Bulldogs’ nickname!

  • Damien Duff spent three years as a Chelsea player between 2003 and 2006 
  • The Irishman has revealed there was a big drinking culture in the dressing room 
  • Duff says the England stars would call themselves ‘The Bulldogs’ on nights out 

Damien Duff has opened up on the strong drinking culture that cemented the bond in Chelsea’s title-winning dressing room.

Duff spent three years at Stamford Bridge where he was part of Jose Mourinho’s side that secured the club’s first Premier League success.

Despite the side excelling on the pitch, that did not stop them enjoying themselves off it, and, as the Irishman revealed, being partial to the odd drink also helped to unify the team.

Damien Duff (right) has spoken about the huge social culture he encountered at Chelsea in 2003 – Eidur Gudjohnsen (left) and Frank Lampard (back right) were part of the group

‘Even when we were playing 60 or 70 games a season, we were out together on the town and pissed,’ Duff told the Open Goal podcast.

‘We’d be out all the time. A few of the foreign boys would flip in and flip out.

‘They’d go out, not drink and feel good the next day whereas the British, Irish and Icelandic lads would go out and get absolutely lamped. This was every week. It was the norm.

‘That’s half the battle as well. It builds a good bond between everyone.’

Duff has revealed John Terry was a leader both on and off the field in team bonding 

There was a strong English core within Mourinho’s dressing room, with John Terry, Frank Lampard and Wayne Bridge all playing a big part in it.

Duff revealed that the group had a collective name for themselves on nights out, but insisted it was something he never wanted to be a part of. 

‘The English lads, I never wanted to be part of them,’ he said. 

‘They always called themselves ‘The Bulldogs’ – it would have been Bridgy, Lamps, JT, a couple of the English physios. Eidur [Gudjohnsen] was involved in it.

‘Because of the Irish thing, [I thought] “I want to be part of your group but you’re not calling me a bulldog”.’

Duff was speaking to Si Ferry and the Open Goal podcast when discussing his Chelsea days




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