Chelsea Football Club History, Facts & Records

A Brief History of Chelsea Football Club

Founded: 1905

Nickname: The Blues, The Pensioners

Club Motto: Chelsea doesn’t have a club motto.
The Latin phrase, “nisi Dominus frustra”, which translates to “unless God be with us, all will be in vain”, was once part of the club crest, but it is no longer in use.

Club Honours

Chelsea won their first major honour, the League Championship, in 1955.

They won the FA Cup for the first time in 1970 and their first European honour, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, in 1971.

The last twenty years have been the most successful in Chelsea’s history: during which they won five of their six league titles and the UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea are one of five clubs to have won all three of UEFA’s main club competitions

stamford bridge

Stamford Bridge

Stadium Capacity: 41,631

Stadium Info:

Chelsea have only had one home ground, Stamford Bridge, where they have played since the team’s foundation.

Stamford Bridge was officially opened on 28 April 1877 and for the first 28 years of its existence Football wasn’t played there. Until 1905, when new owner Gus Mears founded Chelsea Football Club to occupy the ground; Chelsea have played their home games there ever since.

It has undergone major changes over the years, most recently in the 1990s when it was renovated into a modern, all-seater stadium.

Stamford Bridge has been a venue for England international matches, FA Cup Finals, FA Cup semi-finals and Charity Shield games.

Stadium Naming Rights

The naming rights of Stamford Bridge have not been sold.

The naming rights to the stadium, as well as the freehold of the stadium, and also the naming rights of Chelsea Football Club itself, is owned by Chelsea Pitch Owners plc which is a non-profit organisation who are tasked with the upkeep of the stadium.

Highest Attendance: 82,905
Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal
League Match
12 October 1935

Chelsea Manager: Frank Lampard

Appointed: July 2019

Frank Lampard began his coaching career with Championship club Derby County in 2018, to whom he led to the final of that season’s play-offs.

He was appointed as Chelsea’s head coach a year later, in July 2019.

Chelsea Chairman: Bruce Buck

Appointed: February 2004

Bruce Buck has been Chairman of Chelsea Football Club since February 2004 and a Director since July 2003.

Chelsea Captain: Cesar Azpilicueta

Appointed: August 2019

Cesar Azpilicueta was named permanent Captain by Frank Lampard following then long term captain Gary Cahill’s departure to Crystal Palace in August 2019

Chelsea Club Mascot: Stamford The Lion

Chelsea Football Kits 2019/20 Season

Home Kit

Away Kit

3rd Kit

Kit Sponsors: Yokahama Tyres (chest) Hyundia (Sleeve)

Three will succeed Yokohama Tyres as Chelsea FC’s shirt sponsor from next season, 2020/21. In a deal lasting appropriately three years, the brand will appear on all of the club’s shirts, including the Chelsea Women and Academy sides

Kit Manufacturer: Nike

Chelsea’s kit has been manufactured by Nike since July 2017

Chelsea’s Premier League History

Chelsea have won the Premier League on 5 occasions making them the 2nd most successful winners of the competition.


Premier League Table 2019/20

2Manchester City38263910235+6781
3Manchester United38181286636+3066
5Leicester City38188126741+2662
6Tottenham Hotspur381611116147+1459
7Wolverhampton Wanderers38151495140+1159
9Sheffield United381412123939054
13Newcastle United381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove Albion38914153954-1541
16West Ham United38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
20Norwich City3856272675-4921

Chelsea’s FA Cup Wins

Chelsea have won the FA Cup on 8 occasions making them the 3rd most successful winners in the competition

2018ChelseaManchester United1-0
2007ChelseaManchester United1-0 (aet)
2000ChelseaAston Villa1+0
1970ChelseaLeeds United2-1 (aet)

The 1970 FA Cup Final at Wembley ended in a 2-2 draw. In those days the FA cup final went to a replay, which was played at Old Trafford, Chelsea won 2-1 after extra time.

Chelsea’s Football League Cup Wins

Chelsea have won the League Cup on 5 occasions making them the 3rd equal all-time record winners, only Liverpool & Manchester City have won the trophy more times.

english football league cup trophy
2015ChelseaTottenham Hotspur2-0
2005ChelseaLiverpool3-2 (aet)
1998ChelseaMiddlesborough2-0 (aet)
1965ChelseaLeicester City4-3 agg (2-legs)

Chelsea In European Competition

UEFA’s club competition trophies
The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Europa League ©UEFA

Chelsea are one of five clubs to have won all three of UEFA’s main club competitions

Chelsea have won in European Competitions six times, having won the Champions League, the Europa League twice, the UEFA Cup Winners Cup twice and the UEFA Super Cup

2019UEFA Europa LeagueArsenal4-1
2013UEFA Europa LeagueBenfica2-1
2012Champions LeagueBayern Munich1-1 (4-3 Pens)
1998UEFA Super CupReal Madrid1-0
1998UEFA Cup Winners CupStuttgart1-0
1971UEFA Cup Winners CupReal Madrid2-1

The 1971 UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final ended in a 1-1 draw. The replay was played just two days later, which ended in a 2-1 win for Chelsea

Chelsea’s Record Appearances: Ron Harris

Club Appearances: 795

Ron Harris holds the all-time record for most appearances for Chelsea, playing in 795 games for the club between 1961 – 1980

Top 10 Chelsea Player Appearances

  • 795 Ron Harris (1961-1980)
  • 729 Peter Bonetti (1959-1979)
  • 717 John Terry (1998-2017)
  • 648 Frank Lampard (2001-2014)
  • 592 John Hollins (1963–1975 & 1983–1984)
  • 494 Petr Čech (2004-2015)
  • 445 Dennis Wise (1990-2001)
  • 421 Steve Clarke (1987-1998)
  • 420 Kerry Dixon (1983-1992)
  • 410 Eddie McCreadie (1962-1974)

Competitive matches only

Chelsea’s Record Goal Scorer: Frank Lampard

Total Goals: 211

Frank Lampard is the all-time top goalscorer for Chelsea with 211 goals in all competitions

Top 10 Chelsea Goal Scorers

  • 211 Frank Lampard (2001-2014)
  • 202 Bobby Tambling (1959-1970)
  • 193 Kerry Dixon (1983-1992)
  • 164 Didier Drogba (2004–2012 & 2014–2015)
  • 150 Roy Bentley (1948-1956)
  • 150 Peter Osgood (1964–1974 & 1978–1979)
  • 132 Jimmy Greaves (1957-1961)
  • 125 George Mills (1929-1943)
  • 110 Eden Hazard (2012-2019)
  • 108 George Hilsdon (1906-1912)

Chelsea’s Club Record Signing: Kepa Arrizabalaga

Transfer Fee: £71.6m

Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea for a club record fee of £71.6m from Athletic Bilbao in August 2018

Chelsea’s Top 10 Highest Transfers In

  1. Kepa Arrizabalaga £71.6m from Athletic Bilbao in 2018
  2. Álvaro Morata £59m from Real Madrid in 2017
  3. Christian Pulisic £58m from Borussia Dortmund in 2019
  4. Jorginho £57m from Napoli in 2018
  5. Fernando Torres £50m from Liverpool in 2011
  6. Tiémoué Bakayoko £40m from Monaco in 2017
  7. Mateo Kovačić £40m from Real Madrid in 2019
  8. Danny Drinkwater £35m from Leicester City in 2017
  9. David Luiz £34m from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016
  10. Michy Batshuayi £33.2m from Marseille in 2016

Chelsea’s Top 10 Highest Transfers Out

  1. Eden Hazard £88.5m to Real Madrid in 2019
  2. Oscar £60m to Shanghai SIPG in 2017
  3. Álvaro Morata £58.3m to Atlético Madrid in 2020
  4. Diego Costa £57m to Atlético Madrid in 2017
  5. David Luiz £50m to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014
  6. Nemanja Matić £40m to Manchester United 2017
  7. Juan Mata £37.1m to Manchester United 2014
  8. Thibaut Courtois £35m to Real Madrid in 2018
  9. Romelu Lukaku £28m to Everton in 2014
  10. Ramires £25m to Jiangsu Suning in 2016

Chelsea’s Official Club Tours & Museum

Tours Info: A must for all Football fans, not just Chelsea Fans.

Our award-winning tours of Chelsea FC will take you behind the scenes of Stamford Bridge, one of the biggest stadiums in London, giving you access to areas normally reserved for players and officials.

Along the way you will visit the home and away dressing rooms, the tunnel and dug-out areas, as well as the press room and stands, making it the perfect attraction for any sports fan.

All tour tickets include access to the magnificent Chelsea FC Museum which showcases a variety of interactive displays, match-worn shirts, photo opportunities and the most complete collection of silverware in London featuring 5 Premier League trophies, 8 FA Cup’s and the 2012 UEFA Champions League trophy.

Visit the clubs Tour page:

Chelsea Fan Club Membership

There is an Chelsea Membership to suit Blues of all ages, from tots to lifelong fans, with a range of benefits that last all season long,

For more info visit the club website

Chelsea’s Club Information

Club Website:

Chelsea Football Club
Fulham Road

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