Chelsea FC: The Official Biography: The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years by Rick GlanvillOne of the most successful, glamorous, and controversial soccer clubs in Great Britain, Chelsea is infamous for catching headlines on and off the field. This comprehensive account walks through a century of soccer, highlighting the club’s star players past and present, the key games, and its rise to prominence. The controversies are addressed as well, including the club’s near collapse in the 1970s from lack of funds, its handling of issues relating to racism, and the recent crackdown on the fans’ rampant hooliganism. Updated to include a discussion of the club’s recent seasons and its purchase by tycoon Roman Abramovich, this is the ultimate resource on the team in blue.
History of Chelsea F.C.
South London club, Chelsea F. Since the s, Chelsea have been affectionately nicknamed The Blues due to their tradition of playing home games in royal blue shirts — a design inspired by the racing colours of Lord Chelsea. The London club have won a wide variety of silverware in their lifespan, with highlights including five Premier League wins, seven F. Cup trophies, five League Cup trophies and a Champions League victory. Chelsea have a number of fierce local rivals across London, with fellow Premier League competitors West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur perhaps and most notorious and further down the Football League, sides such as Millwall and Q. Barcelona rivals, thanks to a number of hotly contested and combustive European matches in recent times. Ever since the club was founded, Chelsea F.
Founded in , they compete in the Premier League , the top division of English football. Their home ground is Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won their first major honour, the League Championship , in After a period of decline in the late s and s, the club enjoyed a revival in the s and had more success in cup competitions. The past two decades have been the most successful in Chelsea's history: they won five of their six league titles and the UEFA Champions League during this period. Chelsea's home kit colours are royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks. The club's crest features a ceremonial lion rampant regardant holding a staff.
For a general overview of the club, see Chelsea F. Founded in , Chelsea quickly gained a reputation for signing big name players and for attracting large crowds. They spent thirty of their first forty seasons in the First Division, although often found themselves finishing in mid-table or battling relegation.
Just a year before that, businessman Gus Mears had purchased the Stamford Bridge athletics complex and was looking to turn it in to a football ground. Mears offered the ground to Fulham FC, which was founded in , but the club refused his offer. Chelsea spent much of the next century experiencing success primarily in cup competitions with their only top flight league championship before coming in The club became known for signing big name players but never consistently experiencing big time success. They were relegated and bounced back up to the top flight in the early years but faced their bleakest period in the late 70s and 80s. Relegation to the Third Division was a very real prospect in with the club finishing 18th out of 22 but the following year Chelsea won the Second Division and earned their promotion.
It is known for its star players and an offensive style of play. Home games are played at Stamford Bridge stadium, the original site Mears chose for the club. The team had mixed fortunes over the years, not winning a major trophy until the s and moving up and down between divisions several times. The Blues improved their standing in the s and the early 21st century to become one of the most successful clubs in English football. They won English Premier League titles in —05 and —06, adding to their only previous league win, in —55 then in the Football League First Division , and making them the second English team to win consecutive championships since the founding of the Premier League in Chelsea added a fourth league title in —10, setting a new Premier League record by scoring goals over the course of the season, and it won additional league championships in —15 and —
Many great men have been a part of the rich history of Chelsea football club. From amazing players to fine managers, there is no shortage of fantastic footballing figures who are more than worthy of a place in every supporter's memory. To be a legend at a club, though, you need a little more than just be a great player: you also need to be a fan favourite, a leader amongst men, and an important player in the establishment of this European power. So spoiled for choice was I in making this list that I was forced to omit many very worthy candidates, including some current players who will undoubtedly be shoo-ins for this list once we get a bit further separated from their tenure Didier Drogba springs to mind. It may be less than five years since Mourinho and Chelsea parted ways, but the legacy of the Portuguese manager will certainly be a lasting one.