Sabtu, 28 Januari 2023


The history of Chelsea as a football club began on March 14, 1905 when a meeting took place at a pub called The Rising Sun (which is now called The Butcher's Hook pub). Several names that had been candidates for this club were Stamford Bridge FC, Kensington FC and London FC until finally Chelsea FC became the permanent choice.

Chelsea is headquartered at Stamford Bridge stadium which was officially opened on April 28, 1877. The stadium was designed by Scottish architect Archibald Leitch who also designed many other football stadiums in England such as Old Trafford (Manchester United), Celtic Park (Glasgow Celtic), Anfield ( Liverpool), and White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur). Previously, the initial capacity of Stamford Bridge could accommodate 100 thousand spectators and finally underwent various changes to the final capacity of 42,055 spectators now.

Stamford Bridge

Chelsea's mascot is a lion taken from their club logo and named Stamford The Lion. The lion's costume was stolen by two men from Stamford Bridge in July 2005.

Before getting the nickname The Blues until now, Chelsea was also nicknamed The Pensioners (Retirees). This was because their club logo used the image of a retired member of the British Army who lived in the Royal Hospital Chelsea for the first time. The new logo was finally replaced in 1952 by order of Ted Drake, the Chelsea manager at the time.

Chelsea logos from time to time

The 70s and 80s were a bad time for Chelsea as they ran into financial difficulties due to plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge. As a result star players were sold for funds and they were relegated to Division Two. Another problem came from the hooliganism of some supporters. Until finally Ken Bates bought Chelsea for only £ 1.

Chelsea have long been a stylish side and made up mostly of foreign internationals. Its position in London has made it have many celebrity supporters. Here are some of them. Damon Albarn (frontman of Blur and Gorillaz), singer Bryan Adams, NBA players Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce, hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, Formula 1 racing boss Bernie Ecclestone, director and ex-husband of Madonna Guy Ritchie, actress Renee Zellweger, and rocker Billy Idol.

The record for most appearances for Chelsea to date is still held by their former captain Ron "Chopper" Harris who played 795 times. Meanwhile, Bobby Tambling scored 202 goals in 370 games. Of the players currently playing for the Blues, only Frank Lampard has made the most appearances (392) and goals (121 goals). In addition, Chelsea also holds the longest record of playing at home without losing as many as 86 matches in the Premier League.

Ron "Chopper" Harris

In total there are 2 3 championship titles that have been won by Chelsea to date. For domestic titles, the Blues have won three Premier League/Division One English titles, two Division Two titles, five FA Cup wins, four League Cup wins, three times Community Shield/Charity Shield wins, and two Cup wins. Full Members. Meanwhile in Europe, Chelsea have won the Champions League once, won the Cup Winners' Cup twice, and won the European Super Cup once.

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