Chelsea FC is a club that was founded by Gus Mears who was the owner of the Stamford Bridge Athletic stadium. He had tried to reach an agreement with Fulham FC but it did not come to fruition and in 1905 Chelsea FC was founded. It was a club that was very well received by the residents since the following year a match against Manchester United brought 67,000 visitors to the stadium. Let us bear in mind that between 1906 and 1914 he had the average attendance record, which he repeated again in the 1919-1920 season.

The Club had two very characteristic nicknames The Blues for the color of its shirt and The Pensioners until 1950 for being located in the Chelsea neighborhood where the Royal Chelsea Hospital was based, which was a retirement home for former veterans of the British Army. The union between this retirement home and the club continues to this day. When Chelsea won the Premier League in 2005 and in 2010 the pensioners in their red uniforms formed a guard of honor when the players presented the trophy.

In its beginnings the Club remained between the First Division and the Second Division. Until 1930 it will oscillate between both categories. But from 1930 Chelsea FC will stay in the First Division except for some seasons in Second.

His first great feat of his early days came in 1915 when The Blues reached the FA Cup final. They did not lift the coveted title against Sheffiled United but took the honors of playing in a final after 10 years of existence. In 1920 the club finished third in the First Division season but his first great title was really winning the First Division league in 1955. This triumph coincides with the time of coach Ted Drake who caused a good shock in the structure of Chelsea by promoting youth categories, changing the training system. He even modified the shield by removing the pensioner figure from the emblem and replacing it with the rampant lion of the Chelsea district.

In the 60s and 70s the Fulham's team again had good seasons, securing in 1965 the League Cup and finishing third in the First Division championship. In 1967 Chelsea FC reached the FA Cup final but failed to win the final match against Tottenham Hotspur. In 1970 the club did finally win the FA Cup  for the first time by beating Leeds in an historic match; Two styles of football and life clashed. Such was the cultural shock that 28 million viewers watched the second round of the final on television. This game was named "the most brutal game" because of the the rudeness and aggressiveness of the match and the rivalry that both teams had. In 71 he takes the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup no less than against Real Madrid. In 1972 he reached the final of the League Cup and lost to Stoke City.

Jimmy Greaves Chelsea in the 60s

Jimmy Greaves Chelsea in the 60s

As for the next decade, the 80s, the period from 1980 to 1984 was complicated but from then on, except for the 1988-89 season, the london club will be a constant team fighting in the First Division and then in the Premier League, which came to replace the First Division.

Let's bear in mind that Chelsea FC has spent 57 seasons in the First Division, 23 in the Premier League and 19 in the Second Division.

We include below his record of victories in the Second Division, the First Division / Premier League, the FA Cup as well as in international competitions to have a good still image of the Club's victory history.

Second Division : 1984 and 1989

First Division / Premier League : 1955, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2017

FA Cup : 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018

Champions League : 2012

Europa League : 2013 and 2019

UEFA Cup Winner's Cup : 1971 and 1998

UEFA Super Cup : 1998

Chelsea 1971 UEFA Cup Winner's Cup

Chelsea 1971 UEFA Cup Winner's Cup

These data show us that the Club was slow to arrive at the top but it finally did. Especially from 1997 when the team won the FA Cup against Middlesbrough with Ruud Gullit as coach. In the 21st century, victories began to be consistent. In 2003 the Club was acquired by Roman Abramovich and from then on it became one of the great football clubs of the United Kingdom.

Legendary Chelsea FC players

We will focus on players from earlier times although we will remember more recent must-have players.

Ron Harris was born in 1944. The Chelsea defender participated in the adventures of Chelsea FC from 1961 to 1980, a team in which he played in the youth team and with which he won the FA Youth Cup in 1961. He holds the record for the most games played with the club, specifically 795. After leaving Chelsea he played for two other English clubs, Brentford and Aldershot before retiring in 1985. With Chelsea he participated in the match of the 1970 FA Cup final and the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup in 1971 against Real Madrid, both with Chelsea victories. He was a staunch defender, tough, they nicknamed him The Chopper.

Perter Osgood was born in 1947 in Windsor. He was the legendary Chelsea striker of the 60s and 70s. He dedicated himself to this Club during two stages from 1964 to 1974 and from 1978 to 1979 when he returned to finish his career after playing for Southampton, Norwich city and playing in the United States. With Chelsea he won important titles for his time. He won the mythical match of the 1970 FA Cup final and the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup in 1971 against Real Madrid where he scored a goal and was named the team's best footballer in 1973. With Chelsea he scored 150 goals in 380 games. He was well loved, his football exuded strength and grace at the same time and a great instinct for goals.

Dennis Wise, was born in 1966. He played for Chelsea FC in the 90s specifically from 1990 to 2001. He started playing for Shouthampton and then Wimbledon where he won an impressive FA Cup against Liverpool in 1988. He took part in the Euro 2000 with the English team. At Chelsea he is considered one of the legendary captains and became an essential player of the team. With Chelsea he won the FA Cup in 1997 with Gullit as player-coach and in 2000 as well as the League Cup in 1998 and in that same year he won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA European Super Cup. He played as central midfielder, stole marvelous balls and although he was ejected from the field on occasions he also organized the game with fantastic passes.He was a true football player.

John Terry, born in 1980, played with Chelsea as a central defender between 1998 and 2017. Known worldwide as a player for the England national team at Chelsea he became an essential pillar during the most glorious stage of the Club. Players passed but Terry always remained. With the club and being captain he has more than 14 titles to his credit and is the footballer with the most victories in the history of Chelsea. Among these titles we highlight the 5 Premier Leagues won, the first in 2005 and the last in 2017 or the 2012 Champions League or the four FA Cups. John Terry is a true legend of the Club

We cannot also forget the stars like Jimmy Greaves, Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard or exceptional players such as goalkeeper Petr Čech or Lampard who stayed at the Club from 2001 to 2014.

The Chelsea FC shirts were originally Eton blue around 1905, lighter almost turquoise. This colour was and the symbol of Henry Cadogan Viscount of Chelsea. Later, around 1912, this colour was changed to royal blue. The shorts were white and the socks were black. The designs were modified with the rhythm of the tastes of each era, going as in other teams from polo neck, to v neck or round neck. In the 60s the shield was included in the shirt with the rampant lion of the Viscount of Cadogan that is collected in the coat of arms of the Chelsea district in London. Previously, the shield included the figure of a pensioner, veterans of the British Army, but as we saw above, in the 1950s coach Ted Drake wanted to modernise the club and removed the faithful pensioners from the shield.

In the 60s, the color of the white shorts was changed to royal blue so that all the kit was the same color, except for the socks, which were white or long blue. This blue shirt and pants have remained to this day.

We invite you to visit our Chelsea Retro Footballshirt section to relive the history and legends of this important London Club through the best symbol, its football kit.

Chelsea FC 1984 Team

Chelsea FC 1984 Team