Chelsea had a reputation for signing star players and attracted large crowds. Manchester United vs Chelsea pre-match press conference and how to follow the game.  Chelsea hold the English record for the fewest goals conceded during a league season (15), the highest number of clean sheets overall in a Premier League season (25) (both set during the 2004–05 season), and the most consecutive clean sheets from the start of a league season (6, set during the 2005–06 season). , Chelsea's highest appearance-maker is ex-captain Ron Harris, who played in 795 competitive games for the club between 1961 and 1980. This time they made history for another reason, with Italian midfielder Roberto Di Matteo giving the Blues the lead after just 42 seconds, smashing a 25-yard strike in off the crossbar to score, what was then, the fastest ever FA Cup Final goal.  In April 2011, Montenegrin comedy series Nijesmo mi od juče made an episode in which Chelsea play against FK Sutjeska Nikšić for qualification of the UEFA Champions League. In the first match at Wembley, Leeds took the lead twice through goals from the recently-departed Jack Charlton and Mick Jones, with Chelsea having Peter Houseman and Ian Hutchinson to thank for drawing them level. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. According to Home Office statistics, 126 Chelsea fans were arrested for football-related offences during the 2009–10 season, the third highest in the division, and 27 banning orders were issued, the fifth-highest in the division. Founded in 1905, the club competes in the Premier League, the top division of English football. Since the turn of … Andy Carroll pulled one back for Liverpool, and looked set to equalise in the 81st minute but somehow Petr Cech managed to get his hand to the ball and push the striker’s header onto the crossbar. Their home ground is Stamford Bridge..  Chelsea's fellow West London sides Brentford, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers are generally not considered major rivals, as matches have only taken place intermittently due to the clubs often being in separate divisions.  In May 2016, Adidas announced that by mutual agreement, the kit sponsorship would end six years early on 30 June 2017. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us.  and Yokohama Tyres (2015–20). , A 2004 survey by Planetfootball.com found that Chelsea fans consider their main rivalries to be with (in descending order): Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. The club had the highest average attendance in English football in ten separate seasons including 1907–08, 1909–10, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1913–14 and 1919–20. In 1986, with Ken Bates now owner of the club, Chelsea's crest was changed again as part of another attempt to modernise and because the old rampant lion badge could not be trademarked. The report, which was led by Charles Geekie QC, concluded that Heath was a "prolific and manipulative sexual abuser" and had been able to operate "unchallenged".  The north, west and southern parts of the ground were converted into all-seater stands and moved closer to the pitch, a process completed by 2001. It needed a replay against Don Revie’s Leeds United - who were in their pomp - to secure Chelsea’s first FA Cup. The complaints were initially brought by three former youth-team footballers who claimed that Gwyn Williams and Graham Rix subjected young black players to explicit racial abuse, during their time at the club in the 1990s.  This was the first Chelsea crest to appear on the shirts, in the early 1960s. In the next part of our player interview series exploring the peculiarities of lockdown life and football without fans, we catch up with our vice-captain Jorginho. , Chelsea did not turn a profit in the first nine years of Abramovich's ownership, and made record losses of £140m in June 2005. As there was already a team named Fulham in the borough, the name of the adjacent borough of Chelsea was chosen for the new club; names like Kensington FC, Stamford Bridge FC and London FC were also considered. Wilkins had won the FA Cup with Man Utd as a player in 1983 before helping Chelsea lift the trophy in 2000, 2009 and 2010 as assistant manager. That was as good as it got though for the Toffees; Drogba headed Florent Malouda’s cross home 20 minutes later before Lampard’s 25-yard strike with 20 minutes left to play secured a 2-1 win and a fifth FA Cup for Chelsea. Believing the Chelsea pensioner crest to be old-fashioned, he insisted that it be replaced. Chelsea Football Club Women, formerly known as Chelsea Ladies Football Club, are an English women's football club based in Fulham, England.  Officially, Chelsea's highest home attendance is 82,905 for a First Division match against Arsenal on 12 October 1935. There are also numerous official supporters clubs in the United Kingdom and all over the world. Worth £40 million per year, the deal is second in English football to Chevrolet's £50 million-per-year sponsorship of Manchester United.  Chelsea are one of five clubs to have won all three of UEFA's main club competitions, and the only London club to have won the Champions League.  In 2015, Chelsea Ladies won the FA Women's Cup for the first time, beating Notts County Ladies at Wembley Stadium, and a month later clinched their first FA WSL title to complete a league and cup double. Eden Hazard celebrates after winning the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2018, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. He said: ‘It’s a classy, stylish and sophisticated shirt, a great way of remembering the iconic team of 1970 that paved the way for the successes of today. That was the only goal in a largely forgettable final. Chelsea's kit has been manufactured by Nike since July 2017.  Abramovich paid off some of this debt immediately, but the outstanding £36 million on the Eurobond was not fully repaid until 2008. This lasted for the next 19 years, with some modifications such as the use of different colours, including red from 1987 to 1995, and yellow from 1995 until 1999, before the white returned. © 2020 Chelsea FC. As the roof resembled that of a corrugated iron shed, the stand eventually became known as the "Shed End", although it is unknown who first coined this name.  In the build-up to the 1997 FA Cup Final, the song "Blue Day", performed by Suggs and members of the Chelsea squad, reached number 22 in the UK charts. Docherty built a new team around the group of talented young players emerging from the club's youth set-up and Chelsea challenged for honours throughout the 1960s, enduring several near-misses.  The song has since been adopted as an anthem by a number of other sports teams around the world, including the Vancouver Whitecaps (as "White is the Colour") and the Saskatchewan Roughriders (as "Green is the Colour"). Highlights from our Premier League match away at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Browse the online shop for Chelsea FC products and merchandise.  Chelsea failed to build on this success, and spent the remainder of the 1950s in mid-table.  In October 2011, a proposal from the club to buy back the freehold to the land on which Stamford Bridge sits was voted down by Chelsea Pitch Owners shareholders.  Since then Chelsea have always worn white socks with their home kit apart from a short spell from 1985 to 1992, when blue socks were reintroduced. With 103 caps (101 while at the club) for England, Lampard is Chelsea's most capped international player.  In 2017, under new coach Antonio Conte, Chelsea won their sixth English title and the following season won their eighth FA Cup. Chelsea's away colours are usually all yellow or all white with blue trim. A European Super League: The future of football?  In the mid-1970s, the away strip was a red, white and green kit inspired by the Hungarian national side of the 1950s. Chelsea are one of England’s most successful clubs, with league titles, FA Cups and European trophies to their name.  More recently a rivalry with Liverpool has grown following repeated clashes in cup competitions. The club were then sponsored by Grange Farms, Bai Lin Tea and Simod before a long-term deal was signed with Commodore International in 1989; Amiga, an offshoot of Commodore, also appeared on the shirts.  Chelsea had to pay £40m in compensation to Adidas. Chelsea and Sevilla FC played to a 0-0 draw in their opening Champions League group stage match at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Based on attendance figures, the club has the sixth-largest fanbase in England. records and statistics § Honours and achievements, European Cup Winners' Cup/UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Chelsea F.C. The jersey itself is royal blue throughout, while yellow comes through with the shorts trim, badge, socks and even the players’ numbers – matching the colourway of the original. After scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history in 1997, Chelsea then conceded an even quicker goal in the 2009 final when Everton ’s Louis Saha fired home after just 25 seconds. Man Utd missing spark from fans - Solskjaer. We are an unofficial website and are in no way affiliated with or connected to Chelsea Football Club.This site is intended for use by people over the age of 18 years old. This contributed to the club's original "pensioner" nickname, and remained for the next half-century, though it never appeared on the shirts. In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, a former Premier League referee discusses the controversial decision to not award a penalty for Harry Maguire’s ‘choke hold’ on Cesar Azpilicueta. In July 2003, Roman Abramovich purchased just over 50% of Chelsea Village plc's share capital, including Bates' 29.5% stake, for £30 million and over the following weeks bought out most of the remaining 12,000 shareholders at 35 pence per share, completing a £140 million takeover. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. The latter is often accompanied by fans throwing celery at each other, although the vegetable was banned inside Stamford Bridge after an incident involving Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas at the 2007 League Cup Final.  They were the first Premier League team, and the first team in the English top flight since 1962–63, to score at least 100 goals in a single season, reaching the milestone during the 2009–10 season. A largely uneventful match went to extra time and was settled in the 116th minute by Didier Drogba’s strike, poking the ball past the onrushing Edwin van der Sar. Drake was dismissed in 1961 and replaced by player-coach Tommy Docherty. In October 1905 it hosted a rugby union match between the All Blacks and Middlesex, and in 1914 hosted a baseball match between the touring New York Giants and the Chicago White Sox. Video, 00:02:14Chelsea have to defend better - Lampard, Premier League: Newcastle 1-4 Man Utd - three late goals give visitors victory, Abraham shows off his singing voice on MOTDx. Again, the Blues ran out 1-0 winners to complete a domestic cup double, having beaten Arsenal 2-1 in the League Cup final in February. All rights reserved. The home of Chelsea on BBC Sport online. Greaves holds the club record for the most goals scored in one season (43 in 1960–61). Video, 00:02:43, How Azpilicueta got involved in Hashtag United, Saints deserved point - Hasenhuttl. At Docherty's behest, in the 1966 FA Cup semi-final they wore blue and black stripes, based on Inter Milan's kit.