Chelsea Football Club's founders have big dreams - and they come to fruition. A new team in a new stadium captures the public's imagination right from the very start.
Henry Augustus Mears, Frederick Parker and even a dog are important figures at Chelsea's birth and there are more besides, including a man-moutain of a goalkeeper and ‘the greatest living Englishman’. And do you know that the Stamford Bridge football story might have started quarter-of-a-century earlier than it did?
Swinging London – Chelsea and the Kings of the King’s Road
Chelsea becomes the place to be seen and the place to watch football played with flair, as manager Tommy Docherty delivers silverware, Dave Sexton adds to the success and star players Peter Osgood, Chopper Harris, Peter Bonetti and many more become household names.
A record TV audience is drawn to watch the team in action in an epic encounter against big rivals, and thousands of Blues fans travel to support their heroes abroad against Spanish giants, with some hasty travel replanning required, and it proves not to be in vain!
The Chelsea directors aim big again but on this occasion their timing proves off and a tempestuous period in the club's history results, but not without its moments of joy.
One big new stand does open and new heroes play in front of it, including a very youthful skipper in Ray Wilkins. He bursts onto the Stamford Bridge scene while the careers of some all-time greats draw to an end, as does the Mears dynasty, as the descedents of the club's founders struggle in a time of economic turmoil to keep it afloat...
Chelsea embarks on a steep upward curve from the club's lowest point and vibrant football thrills the fans as a fresh era under new ownership begins in the 1980s, although Stamford Bridge grows increasingly under threat.
Top-flight status, recently regained, proves insecure too, but the bounce-back is impressive, we enter the million-pound-player market in the 1990s, and the managers change quickly as the Premier League begins.
There is a big change affecting the future of the stadium too...
With the future of Stamford Bridge secure, Chelsea kick on and go continental, signing some of the most famous names in the game.
A foreign legion mixed with loyal players from closer to home thrive, collecting winners' medals for the first time in a generation.
Crowd numbers swell and having been denied entry to the very first European Cup nearly 50 years earlier, the Blues at last win a place in the biggest club competition of them all, beginning new rivarlies which will grow dramatically in years to come...
Chelsea Football Club becomes a soccer superpower, collecting the biggest prizes available both at home and abroad and creating history in many ways, with players who steadily become all-time greats spread throughout the team.
The catalyst is a new owner, freshly in love with the game and with enduring ambition for his club to be the best.
Naturally there are near misses as well as direct hits, and a colourful array of personalities on and off the pitch help write the modern-era story...