The Blues and the Cottagers continue a local rivalry this weekend and here, with the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we recall some of the past meetings between the sides...
We Have History
This is the first Premier League encounter between Chelsea and Fulham since March 2014, when current Whites winger Andre Schurrle scored a hat-trick for the Blues in a 3-1 win.
It is only the 25th top-flight visit by Fulham to the stadium that, under different circumstances, might have been theirs. Before Fred Parker convinced him to build a stadium grand enough to host internationals and finals, Gus Mears was in discussions with the Cottagers about moving in.
The two parties could not settle on the financials, though, and the outcome was the arrival of a rival, in Chelsea FC, that would soon eclipse the borough’s senior side.
Phil Kelso was the secretary-manager when Fulham first played at Stamford Bridge on 8 April 1911. London faced a similar situation to this weekend as Woolwich Arsenal and Tottenham met at Plumstead on the same day, as the London Daily News lamented.
‘The clashing of two of the most attractive fixtures of the season deprives every follower of the game of a sight of one of them,’ the paper commented.
Back then, as older folk will tell you, many fans would watch Fulham at Craven Cottage one week, and Chelsea at the Bridge the next, and the Pensioners’ pursuit of promotion attracted a 45,000 crowd, far bigger than the 24,583 watching the Gunners versus Spurs.
The hosts won 2-0 with goals from Billy Bridgeman and the prolific Bob Whittingham, who hit 35 in all competitions that season. (Sadly, a flurry of injuries would scupper dreams of Division One football over the remaining few weeks of the campaign.)
Chelsea are unbeaten against Fulham for 17 games in all competitions since our last defeat in March 2006 when Chris Coleman was in charge. The Blues have won 14 of the previous top-flight meetings at the Bridge, drawing nine and losing only one.
The Whites, promoted in May, were last in the Premier League for a 13-season stint between 2001 and 2014. The Blues were unbeaten in SW6 derbies at the Bridge during that period, winning eight and drawing five.
The most emphatic were 3-1 victories in April 2005 and May 2009, but Hernan Crespo’s winner from Joe Cole’s pass in the see-saw 3-2 drama of Boxing Day 2005 was another highlight. Relive some of the best moments here.
‘Straight from the kick-off [Ben] Whitehouse went clean through and scored a sensational goal,’ went a report of the Blackburn-Chelsea match of 2 December 1907. Remarkably, the goal was timed at 13 seconds into the second half (though an outfield player was stand-in goalie for Rovers).
Chelsea have lost just one of our 26 Premier League matches against Fulham (15 wins, 10 draws), a 0-1 defeat in March 2006.
Fulham have won two of the 35 league meetings at Stamford Bridge. They were 1963/64 (1-2) in the old First Division and 1979/80 (0-2) in the old Division Two. Sir Bobby Robson, Johnny Haynes, George Cohen and Alan Mullery were in the 1964 Fulham side.
Former Blues boss Bobby Campbell was the visitors’ manager the last occasion Fulham came away from Stamford Bridge with maximum points, in October 1979 in the old Second Division.
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team:
Chelsea 4-0 Fulham 26/09/1925 and 07/04/1984
Chelsea 0-2 Fulham 27/10/1979
Our last Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge
CHELSEA 2 FULHAM 0
Premier League, 21.09.13, 5.30pm
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), A Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Schürrle (Lampard 79), Oscar, Hazard (De Bruyne 84); Eto’o (Torres 63).
Unused subs: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Essien, Willian.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Scorers: Oscar 51, Mikel 83
Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stockdale; Riether, Hangeland (c), Amorebieta, Richardson; Duff (Taarabt 64), Parker, Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Na Bangna 71); Kasami (Rodallega 85); Bent.
Unused subs: Etheridge, Zverotic, Senderos, Karagounis.
Manager: Martin Jol
Referee: Andre Marriner