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11 facts about Chelsea football club

11 facts about Chelsea football club

- Chelsea football club was established on Friday, March 10, 1905 by a few men after meeting at the The Rising Sun pub at the Fulham road

- The Blues defeated Liverpool 4-0 in their first home game at the Stamford Bridge three days after losing 1-0 to Stockport County in the Second Division on 1 September 1905 in an away game

- They became the first team to travel by air to honour a domestic match, while they alongside Arsenal were the two English clubs to wear numbered jerseys for their games

Chelsea were crowned the kings of Europe for the first time in their entire career when they came back from one goal down to beat Bayern Munich 5-3 on penalties at the Allianz Arena in 2012.

Both sides played a 1-1 draw after normal regulation period and were also unable to secure the winning goal at extra time.

But the Blues weren’t going to repeat the mistake they made in the 2008 edition after captain John Terry gifted Manchester United the cup losing the last spot kick.

Meanwhile, the Stamford Bridge outfit were two-time UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 and 1998 – a club football competition contested annually by the most recent winners of all European domestic cup competitions.

The cup is one of the many inter-European club competitions that have been organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

They have also won six Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, among several others in their trophy cabinet.

However, the club was established on March 10, 1905, by a few gentlemen, who met at The Rising Sun pub at the Fulham road.

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By then, Fulham football club already existed, hence they were unable to name their club around they area it was formed.

And they decided to stick with Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea over the likes of London FC, Kensington FC and Stamford Bridge FC.

Right there and then, they decided their jersey colour would be blue along with white shorts and dark blue socks.

Having established the club back then, they tried to register with the Southern League, but objections from Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur forced them apply for admission to the Football League.

They lost their first official match as a team to Stockport County 1-0 on 1 September 1905. It was an away game.

But just one season after participating in the Football League, they gained promotion to the First Division in their early stage as a professional football club.

In 1915, they reached the final of the FA Cup for the first time but were beaten by Sheffield United at Old Trafford, while they finished third in the First Division in 1920, the club's best league campaign to that point.

Chelsea began to gain popularity among the top teams in England but were constantly missing out of winning titles back then.

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Three days later, the Blues responded well with an impressive 4-0 victory over Liverpool on their home turf.

The Blues alongside Arsenal were the first English clubs to play with numbered shirts - on 25 August 1928 in their match against Swansea City.

They appointed former Arsenal and England striker Ted Drake as their manager in 1952, and on his arrival at the club, he made changes to the club’s crest.

Removing Chelsea’s pensioner crest to suit the suit the modernized version, having complained that the former one had little relevance in club football then.

Having succeeded in effecting a chance on the club’s logo, he improved the youth set-up and training regime, a program that led to their first trophy success – the League championship – in 1954–55.

They became the first English side to qualify for European championship after winning the League title but were persuaded to shun it by the Football Association.

In April 1957, Chelsea turn out to be the first team to travel through air to honour a domestic away game in English football.

Ron Harry holds the record of most appearances in the Blues shirt with 795 matches in his 19-year reign at the club (1961-1980).

Meanwhile, what is known as Stamford Bridge today was opened in 1877 as an athletics venue for London clubs.

However, in the same year Chelsea was created, the Stadium had been turned from an athletics field to a football pitch way before Gus Maers bought it that year. The stadium, Stamford Bridge is also the oldest stadium in the English topflight.

The club was originally given the alias ‘The Pensioners’ as the Royal Hospital, home to army pensioners was located at a nearby location.

They set the record of biggest aggregate win in European football after beating Luxembourg’s UN kaerjeng, which was named FC Jeunesse Hautcharage.

The London club claimed a 8-0 win over their hosts in the first leg on September 15, 1971, before demolishing them by a 13-0 margin on their home turf on September 29, same year in the European Cup Winners' Cup first round fixtures.

Arsenal may have been invincible in a league season, Chelsea are still the only club to have recorded the longest unbeaten home run – as they kept 86 unbeaten record between March 2004 and October 2008.

In the early days of their career, over 89 thousand fans came out to watch the Blues take on Arsenal at the Stamford Bridge in 1935 –that’s a record for any home game in an English football.

Interestingly, they are the only team to have crashed out of the UEFA Champions’ League group stage as the defending champions.

Chelsea became the first London based club to win the UEFA Champions League in 2012, and they are also the first English club to win all four European trophies.

  • UEFA Champions League (1): (2008), 2012
  • UEFA Europa League (1): 2013
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (2): 1971, 1998
  • UEFA Super Cup (1): 1998, (2012), (2013) according to UEFA.

When the club ran into financial hiccups in 1982, it was sold to Ken Bates for a million pounds to keep the club running.

The Blues designed their mascot after the lion in the club’s logo and named it Stamford the Lion, but in July 2005, the costume was stolen from Stamford Bridge.

Their anthem “Blue is the colour” reached number five in the UK Singles Chart in 1972 when it was released.

In 2005, Chelsea won her second English topflight title at the arrival of manager Jose Mourinho – 50 years after they first tasted the title.

That same year, they recorded the highest number of points in a single season, 95 points and also conceded the least number of goals under the tutelage of the Portuguese tactician.

In 1999, it was recorded in the history books that the Stamford Bridge outfit were the first team to have fielded an entirely foreign starting lineup against Southampton in a Premier League fixture.

Canadian Rock star Bryan Adams, an ardent Blue’s supporter dedicated his song "We're Gonna Win" from the album 18 Till I Die to the club.

Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovic took over the club in 2003 after buying an initial 50% shares of the club for £30 million, and weeks later, he was able to buy the rest of the shares from the holders to completely own the club.

However, before hitting his jackpot, the Russian businessman was said to have sold imported rubber ducks on the streets of his country.

And after taking over the club in the early 2000s, he recorded losses in nine straight years.

The London club were the first to break the British transfer record by signing Fernando Torres for £50m from rivals Liverpool in January 2011.

While Frank Lampard is Chelsea’s highest goal scorer with 211 goals whereas Drogba is the highest European scorer with 36 goals.

Chelsea Football Club were founded by Gus Mears in 1905. After his death in 1912, his descendents continued to own the club until 1982, when Ken Bates bought the club from Mears' great-nephew Brian Mears for £1.

Bates bought a controlling stake in the club and floated Chelsea on the AIM stock exchange in March 1996.

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.

Other shareholders at the time of the takeover included the Matthew Harding estate (21%), BSkyB (9.9%) and various anonymous offshore trusts.

After passing the 90% share threshold, Abramovich took the club back into private hands, delisting it from the AIM on 22 August 2003.

Some facts you may not know from Chelsea's 110-year history

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic: pix by Metro UK

He also took on responsibility for the club's debt of £80 million, quickly paying most of it.

Chelsea were recently dethroned as the Premier League champions by Manchester City which won the league with five games to spare..

They have won two EPL titles in the last four years, but their representation in Europe isn’t very convincing as they were sent out of the league in the second round.

Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti and John Terry were the only players to have made more than 700 appearances for the club, 795, 729 and 711 respectively.

While, Frank Lampard has the highest number of goals for the club, Jimmy Greaves remains the only player to have scored 43 goals in a single season for the club.

David Speedie scored three goals in a final match for Chelsea against Manchester City in the Full Members Cup Final, on March 23, 1986, and he is the only player to have done so for the club.

Ivory Coasts’ Didier Drogba is the only African to have made the top ten Chelsea’s highest goalscorer chart.

He is fourth on the log with 164 goals, while he holds the club’s most goals in Europe with 36 goals, while former England international top the club’s goalscorer chart with 211 goals, followed by Bobby Tambling with 202 goals.

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