Miscellaneous facts - team
Statistics correct to the end of the 2016/17 season.
MOST DEBUTANTS IN A MATCH
11 Stockport (a), 2 September 1905
9 Leicester (h), 5 January 1946
6 Zilina (a), 13 August 2003
6 Man United (h), 15 August 2004 (pictured above)
FIRST LEAGUE MATCH
Stockport 1 Chelsea 0, 2 September 1905
FIRST HOME LEAGUE MATCH
Chelsea 5 Hull City 1, 11 September 1905
Chelsea’s first ever match at Stamford Bridge was on 4 September 1905 in a friendly against Liverpool. Chelsea won 4-0.
FIRST LEAGUE GOAL
John Tait Robertson, Blackpool 0 Chelsea 1, 9 September 1905
FIRST PENALTY SAVE
Willie Foulke saved the first penalty awarded against Chelsea in the very first match at Stockport in 1905.
MOST PENALTIES AWARDED IN A SEASON
18 in 2012/13 (previous best 16 in 1988/89)
MOST PENALTIES SCORED IN A SEASON
14 in 2012/13 (previous best 13 in 1988/89)
MOST PENALTY TAKERS IN A SEASON
7 in 2012/13 (previous highest 6 in 1984/85)
MOST PENALTIES CONCEDED IN A SEASON
12 in 2011/12 (previous best 11 in 1985/86)
MOST PENALTY CONCESSIONS IN A SEASON
8 in 1955/56, 1977/78, 1982/83, 1988/89
LONGEST TIME WITHOUT CONCEDING A PENALTY
61 games: 2007/08 (19) + 2008/09 (42). (previous best: 51 games 1995/96 (19) + 1996/97 (32)).
FIRST FLOODLIT MATCH AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Chelsea 2 Sparta Prague 0, friendly, 19 March 1957 – second half was shown live on ITV.
Chelsea’s first ever appearance under floodlights was against a combined Rio X1 at Fluminense’s Rua Guanabara stadium, Brazil on 28 Jun 1929 during our South American tour.
FIRST EUROPEAN MATCH
Frem, Copenhagen 1 Chelsea 3, Fairs Cup, 30 September 1958
FIRST TO FLY
Chelsea were the first club to travel by air to a league game. The team flew back from a match at Newcastle on Good Friday 1957 for a game against Everton at Stamford Bridge the next day.
FIRST TO HAVE FENCES
Chelsea became the first British club to erect wire fences. In October 1972, 8ft high wire mesh was put up behind each goal to keep supporters off the pitch.
FIRST TO HAVE NUMBERS
Chelsea (and Arsenal) were the first British clubs to wear shirt numbers. The numbers trial was on 25 August 1928 when Chelsea beat Swansea Town 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal lost at Hillsborough to Sheffield Wednesday.
FIRST FOREIGN SELECTION
The first occasion all 11 starting players selected were non-British was away at Southampton on Boxing Day 1999. Chelsea won 2-1.
De Goey (Holland); Ferrer (Spain), Thome (Brazil), Leboeuf (France), Babayaro (Nigeria); Petrescu (Romania), Di Matteo (Italy), Deschamps (France), Ambrosetti (Italy); Poyet (Uruguay); Flo (Norway).
Chelsea’s original shirts in 1905 were light blue, the racing colours of the then President, the Earl of Cadogan. Royal Blue was adopted for the 1907/08 season after a visit to Stamford Bridge by the Royal Family.
In 1990/91 five different shirts were worn - royal blue, red and white diamonds, plain white, jade, red.
Chelsea were involved in the first European match transmitted live back to England on closed circuit TV. It was the Fairs Cup semi-final play-off away at Barcelona on 25 May 1966. A crowd of 9,008 watched the match at Stamford Bridge relayed on six 30 x 40ft screens.
Chelsea v Leeds FA Cup final replay on 29 April 1970 at Old Trafford had a UK TV audience of 28.5 million which is the highest figure for a club football match in history.
Chelsea’s first league game broadcast live on UK TV was away at Manchester City on 04 May 1984.
45 games in 2006/07 were broadcast live on UK TV. A club record.
MOST RED CARDS IN A SEASON
8 in 2007/08 (although one was rescinded on appeal): Drogba 2, Mikel 2, Carvalho 1, A Cole 1, Essien 1, Lampard 1 (rescinded).
7 on four occasions
1991/92: Allen, Boyd, Cundy, Hitchcock, Matthew, Monkou, Townsend
1998/99: Wise 3, Di Matteo, Leboeuf, Le Saux, Vialli
1999/00: Leboeuf 2, Wise 2, Babayaro, Desailly, Sutton
2011/12: Alex, Torres, Bosingwa, Cole, Drogba, Turnbull, Terry
MOST CAPTAINS IN A SEASON
7 players in 1999/2000 started as captain: Frank Leboeuf, Graeme Le Saux, Jody Morris, Gustavo Poyet, Chris Sutton, Dennis Wise and Gianfranco Zola.
THREE GOALKEEPERS IN ONE MATCH
On 14 October 2006 Petr Cech suffered a fractured skull in a clash with Reading’s Steve Hunt in the first minute of the game. Ibrahima Sonko knocked out the substitute keeper Carlo Cudicini in the 90th minute. Captain John Terry donned third-choice keeper Henrique Hilario’s shirt for the final two minutes. Chelsea won 1-0.
THREE KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS IN A SEASON
As well as Cech and Cudicini in the match above, John Terry was knocked out in the League Cup final against Arsenal at the Millennium stadium on 25 Febuary 2007 after an accidental kick in the face.
In 2013 Chelsea became the only English club and fourth overall to win all three major UEFA competitions: the Champions League, the Cup Winners’ Cup and the Europa League. The other three clubs that have achieved it are Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich. (The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was not organised by UEFA). If the Super Cup is included, only Juventus, Ajax and Chelsea currently have the full set.
Since our first fixture at Edgeley Park, Stockport in 1905, Chelsea have played at 203 different venues in competitive matches.
PLAYERS USED IN A SEASON IN THE LEAGUE
20: 1926/27, 1954/55, 1968/69, 1970/71, 1976/77, 1983/84, 1989/90
31: 1961/62, 1978/79. 1996/97, 1999/00
MOST INTERNATIONALS IN A CHELSEA TEAM
The first occasion 11 full internationals started a game was away at Coventry on 15 August 1998. Chelsea lost 2-1. The team was De Goey; Ferrer, Desailly, Leboeuf, Le Saux; Poyet, Wise, Di Matteo, Babayaro; Vialli, Casiraghi. This has now occurred on 524 occasions.
The first time all 14 players involved were full internationals was at FC Copenhagen on 5 November 1998. Chelsea won 1-0. The team was De Goey; Ferrer, Desailly, Leboeuf, Le Saux; Laudrup (Petrescu), Di Matteo, Wise, Babayaro; Zola (Flo), Casiraghi (Poyet). This has now occurred on 282 occasions.
On 7 August 2005 against Arsenal in the Community Shield, all 16 players involved were full internationals. Chelsea won 2-1. The team was Cech; Ferreira, Gallas, Terry, Del Horno; Gudjohnsen (Tiago), Makelele, Lampard (Geremi); Duff (J Cole), Drogba (Crespo), Robben (Wright-Phillips). On 9 August 2009 against Man United and 2 August 2015 against Arsenal in the Community Shield, all 15 players involved were internationals.
In 2013/14 every player to start every first team game (57) was a full international (a club record).
In 2004/05, every player that appeared in the Premiership up to Chelsea winning the league at Bolton on April 30, 2005 was an international (35 games). A club record at the time.
In 2010/11, Gael Kakuta (Aston Villa h) and Josh McEachran (Newcastle h) were the only players to start a league game who were not full internationals.
EIGHT COMPETITIONS IN A SEASON
In 2012/13 we competed in a club-record eight different competitions in a season (Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup, Club World Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield. Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic, Frank Lampard, David Luiz, Juan Mata, John Mikel Obi, Ramires and Fernando Torres played in all eight.
MOST GOALSCORERS IN A SEASON
21 in 2015/16 including own goals as one entry (previous best 19 in 1996/97, 1999/00, 2003/04 and 2007/08)
MOST LEAGUE GOALSCORERS IN A SEASON
20 in 2015/16 including own goals as one entry (previous best 18 in 1909/10)
FEWEST GOALSCORERS IN A SEASON
7 in 1938/39
MOST NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SCORERS IN A MATCH
Chelsea 13-0 Jeunesse Hautcharage, Cup Winners’ Cup, 29 September 1971
Osgood 5, Baldwin 3, Harris, Hollins (pen), Hudson, Webb, Houseman
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa, Premier League, 23 December 2012
Torres, David Luiz, Ivanovic, Lampard, Ramires 2, Oscar (pen), Hazard
10 OR MORE GOALS IN A SEASON
Six players (twice) have scored 10 or more goals in a season in all competitions
2011/12 Lampard 16, Drogba 13, Sturridge 13, Mata 12, Ramires 12, Torres 11
2012/13 Torres 22, Mata 20, Lampard 17, Hazard 13, Oscar 12, Moses 10
THE GOAL THAT NEVER WAS
On 26 September 1970, Alan Hudson hit a 20-yard shot that struck the side netting and spun back onto the pitch, as subsequently confirmed on BBC film. Incorrectly, the referee awarded a goal that proved to be the winner in a league match at home to Ipswich.
TWO OWN-GOALS IN THE SAME MATCH
The first two goals in Chelsea’s 4-0 Premier League win at Stoke on 12 January 2013 were own-goals, both scored by Jonathan Walters, the only time in our history this has happened. The two previous occasions two own-goals have been scored were against Swindon (h), Division Two, 11 February 1989 W 3-2 (Jon Gittens, Ross McLaren) and Barcelona (h), Fairs Cup, 11 May 1966 W 2-0 (Francisco Gallego, Miguel Reina).
Chelsea’s second goal in the 3-1 win against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on 18 December 1954 was officially recorded as a ‘Froggatt and Milburn shared own-goal’ and the only joint own-goal in English professional football.
MOST GOALS IN A GAME
Chelsea 13-0 Jeunesse Hautcharage, 29 September 1971
11 on five occasions
Chelsea 9-2 Glossop, 1 September 1906
Liverpool 7-4 Chelsea, 7 September 1946
Chelsea 5-6 Man Utd, 16 October 1954
Chelsea 7-4 Portsmouth, 25 December 1957
Chelsea 6-5 Newcastle, 10 September 1958
FIVE GAMES OR MORE AGAINST THE SAME TEAM IN A SEASON
7 Burnley in 1955/56 (2 league, 5 FA Cup)
6 West Brom in 1952/53 (2 Lge, 4 FA Cup) and Leeds in 1969/70 (2 Lge, 2 FA Cup, 2 Lge Cup)
5 Arsenal in 1946/47 (2 Lge, 3 FA Cup), Manchester City in 1970/71 (2 Lge, 2 ECWC, 1 FA Cup), Stoke in 1974/75 (2 Lge, 3 Lge Cup), Wrexham in 1981/82 (2 Lge, 3 FA Cup), Sheffield Wed in 1984/85 (2 Lge, 3 Lge Cup), Tottenham in 2001/02 (2 Lge, 2 Lge Cup, 1 FA Cup), Arsenal in 2003/04 (2 Lge, 2 UCL, 1 FA Cup), Liverpool in 2004/05 (2 Lge, 2 UCL, 1 Lge Cup), Liverpool in 2005/06 (2 Lge, 2 UCL, 1 FA Cup), Liverpool in 2006/07 (2 Lge, 2 UCL, 1 CS), Liverpool in 2007/08 (2 Lge, 2 UCL, 1 Lge Cup), Man Utd in 2010/11 (2 Lge, 2 UCL, 1 CS), Man Utd in 2012/13 (2 Lge, 2 FAC, 1 LC)
PLAYED IN BOTH FA AND LEAGUE CUPS IN THE SAME SEASON
1969/70 Leeds (WW), 1971/72 Bolton (WW), 1977/78 Liverpool (LW), 1984/85 Millwall (WL), 1990/91 Oxford (WL), 2001/02 Tottenham (LW), 2004/05 Newcastle (WL), 2006/07 Blackburn (WW), 2011/12 Liverpool (LW), 2012/13 Man Utd (WW).
LONGEST CUP TIE
January/February 1956, FA Cup round four versus Burnley stretched over 19 days and nine hours of play before we finally beat them 2-0 in the fourth replay
MOST COMPETITIVE GAMES IN A SEASON
69 in 2012/13 (38 League, 9 Europa League, 7 FA Cup, 6 Champions League, 5 League Cup, 2 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Community Shield). Previous best: 64 in 2006/07 (38 League, 12 Champions League, 7 FA Cup, 6 League Cup, 1 Community Shield)
TENSE FINISHES TO A SEASON
1914/15: Chelsea finished 19th in the Division One and were due to be relegated but were reprieved when the division was extended to 22 clubs when the league resumed after the First World War in 1919.
1950/51: By beating Bolton 4-0 in the last match we escaped relegation by 0.044 of a goal.
1962/63: By beating Portsmouth 7-0 in the final game we achieved promotion to the First Division on goal average by 0.401 of a goal.