Nicknames: The Blues, The Pensioners

City: Stamford Bridge, Fulham, London

Chelsea were founded on 10 March 1905 at The Rising Sun pub (now The Butcher’s Hook),opposite the present-day main entrance to the ground on Fulham Road, and were elected to the Football League shortly afterwards.

Founded in 1905, the club play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. The club’s home ground is the 41,837- seat Stamford Bridge stadium, where they have played since their establishment. Chelsea have only ever had one home ground, Stamford Bridge, where they have played since foundation. It was officially opened on 28 April 1877 and for the first 28 years of its existence it was used almost exclusively by the London Athletic Club as an arena for athletics meetings and not at all for football.



Chelsea have always worn blue shirts, although they originally used the paler eton blue, which was taken from the racing colours of then club president, Earl Cadogan, and was worn with white shorts and dark blue or black socks. The light blue shirts were replaced by a royal blue version in around 1912


Arch-enemy: Chelsea fans consider their main rivalries to be with (in order): Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Their rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur is said to have developed following the 1967 FA Cup Final, the first cup final held between two London clubs. Additionally, a strong rivalry with Leeds United dates back to several heated and controversial matches in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly the 1970 FA Cup Final. More recently a rivalry with Liverpool has grown following repeated clashes in cup competitions

Honors: Chelsea have quite a disguised collection of honours.



First Division/Premier League[nb 4]

Winners (4): 1954–55, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10

Second Division[nb 4]

Winners (2): 1983–84, 1988–89


FA Cup

Winners (7): 1969–70, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12

Football League Cup

Winners (4): 1964–65, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2006–07

FA Community Shield[nb 5]

Winners (4): 1955, 2000, 2005, 2009

Full Members Cup

Winners (2): 1985–86, 1989–90


UEFA Champions League

Winners (1): 2011–12

UEFA Europa League

Winners (1): 2012–13

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

Winners (2): 1970–71, 1997–98

UEFA Super Cup

Winners (1): 1998


Did You Know? The song “Blue is the Colour” was released as a single in the build-up to the 1972 League Cup Final, with all members of Chelsea’s first team squad singing; it reached number five in the UK Singles Chart


Famous Players: Chelsea have provided the English game with so many famous players its hard to include them all they include internationals such as Jimmy Greaves, Peter Bonetti, Bobby Tambling, George Graham, Andy Townsend, Gianfranco Zola, Marcel Desailly, Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Terry Venables, Ray Wilkins and Ron Harris


Biggest away defeat overall:
Record defeat – 1–8 v. Wolverhampton Wanderers, First Division, 26 September 1953

Biggest home win overall:
Record win – 13–0 v Jeunesse Hautcharage, Cup Winners’ Cup, 1st Round 2nd Leg, 29 September 1971



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