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Formed 1905

Elected to Division Two 1905

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1905-1909 Chelsea Kit

1905-Feb 1907 a i n

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chelsea fc 1907-11

Feb 1907-1911 n x

chelsea fc 1911-12

1911-1912 v n x

chelsea 1912-13

1912-1914 v x

chelsea 1914-15

1914-1915 v

chelsea 1919-21

1919-1921 x

chelsea 1924-25

1924-1925 v

chelsea 1928-29

1925-1929 m o v x z

chelsea 1939-30

1929-1930 v x

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chelsea 1929-33

1930-1933 o x

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chelsea 1933-38

1933-1934 o x

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chelsea sept-oct 1934

Sept-Oct 1934 x A B

chelsea 1933-38

Nov 1934 - 1944 o x

chelsea fc 1944-45

1944-1945 v

chelsea 1945-46

1945-1946 v

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1947-1948 Chelsea Kit

1946-1948 h o

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1948-1949 Chelsea Kit

1948-1949 e h

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1951-1952 Chelsea Kit

1949-1955 a f h o v x

Cold weather kit 53-55

Sep 53-1955 m n o

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1955-1956 Chelsea Kit

1955-1957 h o s

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1957-1959 Chelsea Kit

1957-1958 h

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1958-1959 o

1959-1960 Chelsea Kit

1959-1960 h p x

Aug 60-Sept 1961 c h x

1960-1961 Chelsea Kit

29 April 1961 x

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chelsea fc 1960-61

Sept-Dec 1961 b h x

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chelsea 1961-62 alternate kit

Dec 61-May 1962 v x

1962-1963 c h m

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chelsea 1963-64

1963-1964 v

chelsea march 1964

4 March 1964 x

chelsea aug-sept 1964

22 August 1964 x

chelsea fc 29 august 1964

29 August 1964 h v x

chelsea 30 sept 1964

30 Sept 1964 x

chelsea 1964-65 cold weather kit

Nov 64-17 Nov 65 x

Cold weather version
1966-1967 Chelsea Kit

1 Dec 1965-1967 d f h x

1967-1968 m x

1968-1970 Chelsea Kit

1968-1970 d f h

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1970 FA Cup Final

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chelsea 1970 fa cup final replay

70 FA Cup Replay x

1970-1971 Chelsea Kit

1970-1971 h

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1971-1973 Chelsea Kit

1971-Nov 1972 d h s

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chelsea 1972 league cup final

1972 League Cup Final Also worn against teams in white socks

chelsea 1972-73 alternate home kit

1971-1972 alt x

v Spurs & Nottm F away
1973-1974 Chelsea Kit

Nov 1972-1973 h r st

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chelsea feb 1973 variant kit

Feb 1973 alt x y

v Leeds Utd
chelsea 1974-75

1973-1975 s t

chelsea 1973-75 special kit

1973-1975 alt x

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chelsea v spurs april 1975

1974-1975 alt x

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1975-1978 Chelsea Kit

1975-1977 d h r t

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1978-1981 Chelsea Kit

1977-1981 d h t

Umbro trim on socks 22 times 79-80
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1981-1983 Chelsea Kit

1981-1983 c

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1983-1984 Chelsea Kit

1983-1984 d x

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1984-1985 Chelsea Kit

1984-1985 d x

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1985-1986 Chelsea Kit

1985-1986 d x

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1986-1987 Chelsea Kit

1986-1987 1 d j k x

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1986-1987 2 x

1986-1987 Chelsea Kit

1986-1987 3 x

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1986-1987 4 x

1987-1989 Chelsea Kit

1987-1989 d l q

1989-1991 Chelsea Kit

1989-1991 d l

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1991-1993 Chelsea Kit

1991-1992 d

chelsea 1992-93 home strip

1992-1993 u

1993-1994 Chelsea Kit

1993-1994 d l

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1994-1995 Chelsea Kit

1994-1995 d l

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chelsea 1994-95 european kit

1994-1995 x

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Chelsea 1995-1997 Kit

1995-1997 d

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Chelsea 1997-1999 Kit

1997-1999 d

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Chelsea 1999-2001 Kit

1999-2001 d

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Chelsea 2001-2003 Kit

2001-2003 c

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Chelsea 2003-2005 Kit

2003-2005 c

Chelsea 2005-2006 Kit

2005-2006 c

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Chelsea 2006-2008 Kit

2006-2008 c

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2008-2009 c

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chelsea 2009-10 home kit

2009-2010 c

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chelsea 2010-11

2010-2011 c

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chelsea fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 c

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chelsea fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 c

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chelsea fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 c

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chelsea 2014-15

2014-2015 c

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chelsea 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 c

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chelsea 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 c

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chelsea 2017-18 1st kit

2017-2018 c

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chelsea 2018-19 1st kit

2018-2019 c

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chelsea 1905 teamChelsea joined the League before they had played a single game - an achievement they share with Bradford City. The club came into being at the behest of a builder, Gus Mears and his brother who aquired the site of the Stamford Bridge Athletic ground and a neighbouring market garden with a view to building a football stadium. The plan lay fallow for a while until the Great Western Railway Company approached the brothers to buy the land for marshalling yards. Rather than sell their asset, the Mears brothers raised the money they needed to build the second largest stadium in England after Crystal Palace and called it Stamford Bridge. When Fulham FC declined an invitation to move in because the annual £1,500 rent was too high, the brothers simply went ahead and formed their own club, Chelsea FC. After an approach to join the Southern League was snubbed following objections from Spurs and Fulham, Chelsea successfuly applied to join the Second Division of the Football League.

Initially, Chelsea played in the racing colours associated with the Earl of Cadogan, who was the club's president and also held the title Viscount Chelsea. Weatherby's Ltd, who maintain historical records of racing silks, have confirmed to HFK that these colours were Eton blue and white. Rick Glanvill, the club's historian has discovered that a more conventional royal blue was adopted probably at the start of the 1907-08 season whereas Clive Batty in his Chelsea Miscellany book states the switch occured on 6 February 1907 (ie towards the end of the previous season). Although photographs of the period suggest the blue was a rather pale shade, this is probably due chelsea fc original crestto the limitations of the film stock in common use at the time.

The club was nicknamed "The Pensioners" because of the association with the war veterans in their famous red uniforms known as the Chelsea Pensioners, which was reflected in their official crest. This never appeared on the team shirts.

After finishing third in their first season, Chelsea was promoted to Division One for the first time in 1907, their second season. They made little impression, however, and spent most of the Twenties in Division Two. The club flirted with success but never fulfilled their potential. The club has always enjoyed the patronage of celebrity supporters because of its fashionable location and proximity to the West End. Many star players graced the team in the inter-war years but chelsea fc crest 1952nevertheless, they became a music hall joke with a reputation as the proverbial "nearly team."

In 1930 a look was established that became the template for the next 25 years, consisting of royal blue shirts with contrasting rugby-style collars, white knickers, black stockings with blue and white turnovers. Hooped socks that appear to be light blue and white were worn in a reds v blues pre-season game in 1934 and again in home matches against Spurs (15 Sept 1934) and Stoke (October) and it is unclear why.

In 1952 Ted Drake took over as manager and he replaced the pensioner crest with a more business like monogram on a shield. This badge never appeared on the team's shirts. Drake's workmanlike team broke the mould when Chelsea won the League Championship chelsea fc crest 1960for the first time in 1955.

In 1960 Chelsea added a crest to their shirts for the first time. Inspired by the civic coat of arms of the London Borough of Chelsea, it bore a lion rampant derived from the arms of the club's first president, the Earl of Cadogan.

In 1961, Chelsea were relegated to Division Two but bounced back the following season chelsea crest 1964to embark on their most successful period to date. In March 1964 the team played in blue shorts to match their shirts and white socks. There is evidence that an earlier version was made up in 1962 but rejected as being too radical a chelsea fc crest 1967change at the time. Chelsea were, incidentally, the first team to play in Division One with numbers on their shorts.

The new look evolved gracefully at the start of the 1964-65 season with white trim added incrementally and a new cypher that replaced the old Cadogan crest, which had been retired in 1963.

The lion motif was revived in 1967 and has remained the centre piece of the club crest ever since.

chelsea crest 1970Throughout the Sixties Chelsea rode high in the League and started to collect cup trophies: the League Cup in 1965 was followed by the FA Cup (1970) and the European Cup-Winners' Cup (1971). In the 1970-71 season, a small image of the FA Cup was embroidered next to the crest while from the 1971-72 season two stars were added to represent these chelsea crest 1971last two famous cup wins.

Nik Yeomans has discovered that Chelsea wore white shorts and black socks with blue and white turnovers at Stoke, Leeds and West Ham in 1973-74. The same strip was worn the following season in two League Cup ties against Stoke. Further research by Nik has revealed these programme notes from February 1974: The reason we wore white shorts...at Leeds last Saturday was ...a stocking clash! Because Leeds wear white stockings we changed to black (with coloured top) and as it was felt that a strip of blue shirts, blue socks and black stockings would look too dark, we opted for white shorts. Later that season yellow socks were worn when there was a clash.

In 1975 Chelsea were relegated to Division Two and although they returned four seasons later, in 1979 they went down again. After languishing in Division Two for five seasons, Chelsea were promoted as champions in chelsea crest 19861984. After two promising seasons, they went down once more but won the Second Division championship the following season and they have remained in the top flight ever chelsea crest 1987since.

By the mid Eighties the board decided to update their image and a new crest was designed that featured a lion leaping over the letters CFC. This appeared in various forms with the lion rendered in white, red or yellow to match the accent colour for that season.

In 1986-87 Chelsea became the first club to market strips under their own name, the Chelsea Collection. At first these were without a sponsor before Bai Lin Tea, a slimming aid created by Peter Foster briefly appeared in early 1987. The product proved to be bogus and the logo was soon removed: Foster, a career criminal and con artist was arrested and jailed. The shirts were briefly sponsored by Grange Farm, the property of chairman Ken Bates who was fond of telling assembled hacks, "I'm off to my 300 acre farm. You lot can bugger off to your council houses." It appears that no logo was applied to the shirts. The Italian sportswear company, Simod, took over as shrt sponsor in February 1987. Their logo type appeared in gold for the first game and thereafter was white.

In 1994, Chelsea reached the FA Cup final once again but lost heavily to Manchester chelsea crest 1997United. Chelsea won the FA Cup in 1997, the League Cup in 1998 and the FA Cup once again in 2000. League performances also improved as a succession of high profile managers recruited top foreign stars under the determined and controversial leadership of Ken Bates, who bought the club earlier in the decade.

In 2003, Chelsea's long-standing and controversial chairman, Ken Bates sold the club to Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch reputed to be worth between up to £3.8bn. While the origins of Abramovich's wealth may be obscure, there was no doubt about his intentions as over the next few years he poured huge amounts of cash into the club to enable them to sign some of the world's leading players. Indeed, at a time when the global transfer market was in recession, Abramovich's millions bucked the trend, propelling the one time music hall joke into the elite of European football. After the appointment of the charismatic Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho, Chelsea won the first of back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005, exactly 50 years after their first chelsea crest 2005League title, followed by the FA Cup in 2007.

After that first Premier League title, a new crest was designed for the 2005-06 season. Based on the 1960 design it was introduced for the club's centenary. Some minor variations in the arrangment of the colours have appeared such as in 2012-13.

The following September, after persistent stories in the media concerning Mourinho's relationship with Abramovich, the "Special One" departed and his place was taken by Avram Grant, the Director of Football for the Israeli Football Association. In his first season in charge, Grant steered his expensive team (it was reported that Abramovich's investment amounted to around £750 million in interest-free loans) to within an ace of winning a fabulous double. They finished as runners-up to Manchester United after going into the last round of Premier league matches level on points. Ten days later Chelsea and United clashed again in the UEFA Champions League final, United eventually winning on penalties. These results cost Grant his job and he was replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari was himself sacked in the middle of the 2008-09 season and replaced by Guus Hiddink chelsea crest 2012-13for the remainder of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti took over at the beginning of the 2009-10 season and took Chelsea to a historic double. Second place in 2011 was not good enough, however, and he too was handed his cards by Mr Abramovich as was his successor, Andre Villas-Boas. It fell to their caretaker manager, Roberto di Matteo, who took over in March 2012, to lead Chelsea to their seventh FA Cup win and an historic UEFA Champions League title, won on penalties in Munich against Bayern Munich.

Rafael Benitez took over from di Matteo but was unpopular with supporters and the club announced that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season. Even so he steered Chelsea to third place in the Premier League and a dramatic late win over Benfica to secure the Europa League trophy. Jose Mourinho returned in the summer of 2013 as manager and led the club to success in the League Cup in March 2015 followed two months later by the Premier League title.

Following a poor 2015-16 season Chelsea announced that they would be cancelling their agreement with Adidas six years early (incurring a £54m termination fee) in order to pursue a more lucrative deal elsewhere.

Antonio Conte took over as manager in April 2016 and guided Chelsea to their sixth title in his first season in charge.

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  • (a) Chelsea: The 100 Year History
  • (b) Crewe Alexandra FC (Images of Sport: Harold Finch 1999)
  • (c) Chelsea FC Official Website Unlike the vast majority of League clubs, Chelsea run their own website. Includes pictures of previous kits and an opportunity to rate them!
  • (d) Sporting Heroes
  • (e) Association of Football Statisticians
  • (f) Football Focus
  • (g) Stoke City FC - Images of Sport (Tony Matthews 1999)
  • (h) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (i) Association of Football Statisticians - provided by Pete Wyatt
  • (j) True Colours (John Devlin 2005)
  • (k) Bjørn-Terje Nilssen
  • (l) David King
  • (m) Richard Franklyn
  • (n) Rick Glanvill (official Chelsea FC historian)
  • (o) Simon Monks
  • (p) Jeff Stephens
  • (q) Christopher Worrall
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  • (s) Tony Sealey
  • (t) Rodney George
  • (u) Terry Miles
  • (v) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (w) Rob Marriott (Weatherbys Ltd Bloodstock Services)
  • (x) Nik Yeomans
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  • (z) Colorsport
  • (A) Getty Images
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