PMB: Chelsea v Huddersfield - history

With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we detail our history with Huddersfield...

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Chelsea have lost just one of the past 16 matches against Huddersfield Town in all competitions – a 0-1 defeat in the League Cup third round in October 1999.

Although the Blues are unbeaten in the last nine league encounters with the Terriers, only one of the last six league meetings at Stamford Bridge over 64 years ended in a victory.

The fixture was first played in March 1911, the Pensioners winning 2-0 courtesy of Bob Whittingham and ‘Gatling Gun’ George Hilsdon. Unusual kick-off times are not a modern invention – the start time was 5pm on a Monday.

Chelsea’s biggest win came under Billy Birrell in April 1948, a 5-0 drubbing in which outside-left Benny Jones netted twice and visiting defender Henry Stewart thumped in what was, by all accounts, a spectacular own goal (pictured top). Town’s ranks that day included Denmark international Carl Hansen.

The Blues’ last top-flight win against the Terriers at the Bridge was 64 years ago this month during our first league title-winning season, 1954/55. The Yorkshire side scored first, but four goals in 22 second-half minutes from Eric Parsons, Frankie Blunstone, Roy Bentley and Les Stubbs turned the game on its head.

The Blues are unbeaten home and away to the Terriers since the 1970s, with the 3-1 second-tier victory 25 years ago, almost to the day on 4 February 1984, helping John Neal’s men secure promotion as champions. That remains our most recent home league victory against Town.

The only meeting at the Bridge in recent times ended in a 1-1 draw, but it was an emotional night for recently-departed coach David Wagner and his team, who secured Premier League football for another year with the hard-fought point. See the highlights from that game here.

In the reverse fixture at John Smith’s Stadium on the opening day of the season the Blues won 3-0 with the goals from N’Golo Kante (34), a Jorginho penalty (45), and Pedro (80).


Second-half goals from Kerry Dixon and Graham Stuart delivered a 2-1 victory over rivals Arsenal on 2 Feb 1991. It was the Gunners’ only league defeat that season.  

Town’s last victory was in March 1963 at the Bridge in the old Division Two.


Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 09.05.18, 7.45pm

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Zappacosta (Giroud 54), Fabregas, Kanté, Alonso; Willian, Pedro (Hazard 58); Morata
Unused subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Barkley.
Head Coach: Antonio Conte
Booked: Fabregas.
Scorer: Alonso 62

Huddersfield (5-3-2): Lossl; Smith (c) (Malone 85), Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe (Hadergjonaj 62); Mooy, Hogg, Billing; Depoitre, Van La Parra (Pritchard 53)
Unused subs: Coleman, Ince, Quaner, Mounie.
Manager: David Wagner
Booked: Lossl
Scorer: Depoitre 50

Referee: Lee Mason
Attendance: 38,910

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team

Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield 02/04/1949
Chelsea 2-4 Huddersfield 17/01/1948


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