Making ourselves at home

Chelsea will be looking to extend a unique unbeaten run dating back to the start of the Millennium when we visit Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.

The Terriers ended a 45-year absence from the top flight when they won last season’s Championship Play-Off final against Reading and are set to host a top tier clash against Chelsea for the first time since August 1971, when the Blues won 2-1 at Leeds Road Stadium thanks to goals by John Hollins and Peter Osgood.

Huddersfield moved in 1994 to the new John Smith’s Stadium, which is one of three stadiums hosting Premier League matches for the first time this season along with the Amex Stadium, home of newly promoted Brighton, and Wembley Stadium, the temporary home of Tottenham Hotspur.

Our 2-1 win over Spurs at Wembley in August not only gave us our first victory of the 2017/18 season but also stretched our unbeaten record in first games at new Premier League grounds to 21 matches.

The last time that we suffered a defeat in our first league visit to a new ground was on 4 December 1999 when Gianluca Vialli’s side went down 4-1 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, which had replaced the Black Cats’ former home at Roker Park. 

Just over a month later, we travelled to Valley Parade on 8 January 2000 and drew 1-1 in our first Premier League away match against Bradford, a somewhat innocuous start to an impressive run which has gone on for 18 years and includes 17 wins and four draws against our hosts.

It includes matches against newly promoted clubs like Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wigan and Reading as well as our first games against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium in 2001, Manchester City at the Ettihad Stadium in 2004, Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in 2007 and West Ham at the London Stadium last March.

A positive result at Huddersfield this week would see that unique unbeaten streak extended to 22 games before our next visit to a new ground in January when we travel to the south coast to face Brighton.

First games at new Premier League grounds (since 2000)

Date Opponent Ground Result

8 Jan 2000

Bradford

Valley Parade

Drew 1-1

25 Aug 2001

Southampton

St Mary's Stadium

Won 2-0

30 Sep 2001

Fulham

Craven Cottage

Drew 1-1

8 Feb 2003

Birmingham

St Andrew's

Won 3-1

16 Mar 2003

West Brom

The Hawthorns

Won 2-0

20 Sep 2003

Wolves

Molineux

Won 5-0

11 Jan 2004

Leicester

King Power Stadium

Won 4-0

11 Feb 2004

Portsmouth

Fratton Park

Won 2-0

28 Feb 2004

Man City

Ettihad Stadium

Won 1-0

14 Aug 2005

Wigan

DW Stadium

Won 1-0

14 Oct 2006

Reading

Majdeski Stadium

Won 1-0

6 May 2007

Arsenal

Emirates Stadium

Drew 1-1

27 Sep 2008

Stoke City

Bet365 Stadium

Won 2-0

29 Oct 2008

Hull City

KCOM Stadium

Won 3-0

30 Jan 2010

Burnley

Turf Moor

Won 2-1

7 Mar 2011

Blackpool

Bloomfield Road

Won 3-1

31 Jan 2012

Swansea

Liberty Stadium

Drew 1-1

11 May 2014

Cardiff

Cardiff City Stadium

Won 2-1

23 Apr 2016

Bournemouth

Vitality Stadium

Won 4-1

6 Mar 2017

West Ham

London Stadium

Won 2-1

20 Aug 2017

Tottenham

Wembley

Won 2-1