Chelsea Football Club are an English professional football club. Founded in 1905, the club’s home ground since then has been Stamford Bridge.
Here is 10 Interesting Facts Every Chelsea FC Fan Must Know.
1. Chelsea (jointly with Arsenal) were the first clubs to play with numbered shirts – on 25 August 1928 in their match against Welsh side Swansea City.
2. In December 1999, Chelsea FC became the first every British side to field an entirely foreign starting line-up (that is all non-English players) in a Premier League match when they played against Southampton.
3. Chelsea FC’s 21–0 victory over Jeunesse Hautcharage in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971 is a record in all European competition.
4. Chelsea FC’s mascot is a lion taken from their club logos and named Stamford The Lion. In July 2005 the costume was stolen from Stamford Bridge.
5. Chelsea holds the record for the highest home attendance match against Arsenal FC with an attendance of 82,905 on the 2 October 1935.
6. On 19 May 2007, Chelsea FC became the first team to win the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium.
7. Chelsea hold the record for the highest ever points total for a league season (95). And also the fewest goals conceded during a league season (15) – under the management of Jose Mourinho in 2004/05.
8. Former player Bobby Tambling is Chelsea FC’s all-time top goal scorer with 202 goals in 370 matches. He was with the club from 1959 till 1970.
9. Did you know ? Chelsea FC founder Gus Mears had acquired the Stamford Bridge stadium back in 1904 and had decided he wanted to turn into a football ground and thus had found the Chelsea FC team the next year, while this all is important facts, what many don’t know is that it’s usually its the other way round with founder buying a football club first and then investing in a football stadium for that club.
10. Back in 1997-98 Chelsea FC played one of the strangest matches in football history. They played a match against Tromso which is 100 miles into the Artic Circle. The game was so strange that at one point during the match, the game had to be stopped so that snow could be cleared from the pitch in order for the game to be continued.