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The Origins of Chelsea FC

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Chelsea, a South London Club were established in the year 1905. They have since gone on to become an international powerhouse and this is especially the case when you look back at the last 15 years. Ever since the 1950s, they have been nicknamed as being The Blues and the main reason for this is because they have a tradition of playing their home games in a royal blue shirt. This is actually taken from the racing colours of the Lord Chelsea.

The London club have won a huge variety of trophies during their time as a club. Their highlights include 5 Premier League wins., 5 League Cups, 7 FA Cup trophies and even a Champion’s League victory too. The current record for appearances is actually held by Ron Harris. The highest number of goals is owned by Frank Lampard. He scored over 211 goals for the football team.

It should be noted that Chelsea have a number of fierce and local rivals across London too. West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur seem to be the worst, but they do have some degree of hostility towards Millwall and Q.P.R. Chelsea are a very successful football team, and they also have a competitive rivalry with Manchester United and even Arsenal. Sometimes this encourages them to play a little harder, not to mention that there was a feisty rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.

A lot of fans even consider Barcelona to be their rivals, and this is because of the various contested and hot matches that they have had during their time. Ever since the club was founded, Chelsea FC have played a lot of their house matches at Stamford Bridge. Sure, the stadium has undergone significant renovations since then and the club’s own logo has undergone a lot of changes too.

The Beginning

Chelsea FC were actually founded by businessmen. Gus and Joseph Mears were football fans who saw an opportunity. Mears had actually already purchased the Stamford Bridge stadium and at the time it was being used for athletics.

He wanted to turn it into a football ground, but he soon found out that Fulham had absolutely no interest in using it. The businessman refused to give up, and soon after, he decided to start a brand-new club. They would play at Stamford Bridge and he named it after the nearby borough of Chelsea. The club were soon accepted into the second-tier of the football league and it didn’t take them long to achieve the promotion they were looking for.

They moved up to the first division and they were actually unable to consolidate their position in the top league of England.

They spent a lot of their time between the divisions and even though they did not have a lot of competitive success, they were still very much supported by fans. They spent money on notable players such as William Foulke and even Frank Pearson. The first superstar that they signed was actually George Hilsdon. He scored five goals in his debut match and he was also the first to reach the milestone of scoring 100 goals for the club. Even this wasn’t enough for Chelsea to make silverware appear on the shelf.

A Taste of Success

After WWII, Chelsea recorded their highest ever attendance ever at Stamford Bridge. They had an exhibition game against Dynamo Moscow and over 100,000 attended. The Blues would have to wait until 1955 before they could get the taste of glory that they were looking for.

That year saw them conquer the league and the man who was responsible for this was actually Ted Drake. He oversaw a lot of alterations for the club and he also tried endlessly to make sure that he avoided signing big and expensive players. He instead, wanted a team of young and hard-working individuals who were willing to pay their dues in some of the lower leagues. He also wanted to build on the work put in by Billy Birrell too. This would see Chelsea go on to produce prime players including Jimmy Greaves, Peter Osgood and even Ray Wilkins.

The 1955 Championship win should have given Chelsea the chance to compete in Europe, but they had a dispute with the football league and the FA. This stopped them from entering what is now the most prestigious competition. They were close to glory, but they weren’t quite there yet. They had to reach the final hurdle and this meant even more hard work. They won the cup but the 64/65 season ultimately typified Chelsea’s club status. Tommy Docherty and other key players started to experience ongoing tensions and they struggled a lot at that time.

The Dark Times

As the 70s progressed, the club tried to redevelop Stamford Bridge. This caused a huge number of financial problems and they really wanted to compensate for this. Players had to be sold and at one point, there was talks of the club losing their home ground altogether. Property developers started to seek out any chance to take advantage of their situation and on-pitch performances started to suffer.

The London club were then relegated in 1975 and six years later, Gus Mears resigned as the chairman for the club. He ended his association but before he left, he chose to appoint John Neal as the manager. This then resulted in a valiant effort as the new coach tried to build a cheaper yet more efficient Chelsea team.

The club managed to return to the First Division yet again and they also found some degree of stability too. Sure, trophies continued to elude them but even so, they pushed on and they became as successful as they are today. This meant good things for everyone, and it is safe to say that they have gone on to achieve plenty of trophies since.

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