With Chelsea set to wear a new yellow away kit for the 2021/22 season, we take a look back at some of the Blues’ brightest moments when donning shirts of this hue.
1965 v Leicester City, League Cup final
Chelsea regularly wore yellow as a change colour in the 1960s and it was front and centre when we lifted major silverware for the second time in club history.
The early League Cup finals were settled over two legs and the Blues held a narrow advantage over Leicester after Eddie McCreadie’s solo goal gave us a 3-2 victory in the first game at Stamford Bridge.
Wearing yellow in the return match, Chelsea produced a solid defensive performance at Filbert Street as we drew 0-0 with the Foxes to claim the only trophy of Tommy Docherty’s managerial reign.
1971 v Manchester City, Cup Winners Cup semi-final
Yellow once again brought good fortune to the Blues when we met Manchester City in the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals in April 1971.
Both teams using their away kits in the two legs and Chelsea grabbed the initiative when Derek Smethurst bagged the only goal in the first leg at the Bridge.
The decisive moment in the return game at Maine Road happened just before half-time when Keith Weller’s free-kick was turned by City goalkeeper Ron Healey into his own net, gifting us a big away goal as we advanced to meet Real Madrid in the final.
1985 v Sheffield Wednesday, League Cup quarter-final
Trailing 3-0 at half-time in a League Cup quarter-final against Sheffield Wednesday in 1985, Chelsea appeared all but out until Paul Canoville inspired a stunning comeback at Hillsborough.
Introduced as a substitute at the start of the second half, he took only 11 second to pull one back before goals by Kerry Dixon and Mickey Thomas levelled the score.
Canoville appeared to have sealed a remarkable win when he scored his second with five minutes left but a penalty for the hosts made it 4-4 and forced a second replay at the Bridge which the Blues won 2-1.
1998 v Vicenza, Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final
Worn in three games during Chelsea’s victorious FA Cup run in 1997, our vibrant yellow away kit was retained the following season and was worn for the last time when we hosted Vicenza in the second leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals.
The Italian side scored after 32 minutes to take a 2-0 aggregate lead but the Blues responded with Gustavo Poyet getting one back before half-time and Gianfranco Zola levelling with a header early in the second half.
2009 v Everton, FA Cup final
Yellow was our third-choice colour in the 2008/09 season and it got plenty of usage as it was worn in eight games, none of which ended in defeat.
Its final appearance came in the FA Cup final against Everton and while things didn’t start well as Louis Saha put the Toffees ahead after 25 seconds, Didier Drogba was able to restore parity with a header midway through the first half.
It set the stage for a magnificent winner by Frank Lampard as he unleashed a majestic left-footed shot from 25 metres which grazed the fingers of Tim Howard before finding the far corner of the net.
2014 v Everton, Premier League
Chelsea set the tone for our Premier League-winning campaign in 2014/15 with a memorable nine-goal thriller against Everton in our third game of the season.
Diego Costa opened the scoring at Goodison Park after 35 seconds and Branislav Ivanovic added a second within three minutes before a madcap spell midway through the second half which produced five goals in 10 minutes as the Londoners turned a 2-1 lead into a 5-3 advantage.
Having started the goalfest in the opening minute, Diego Costa duly rounded it off in the final minute to seal a 6-3 victory as we began the season on a 14-match unbeaten run.
2019 v Dynamo Kiev, Europa League round of 16
The Blues wore yellow in four matches during our successful Europa League run in 2018/19 including a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals.
However, our most memorable game in that kit came in the last 16 when we travelled to Ukraine and netted five goals without reply against Dynamo Kiev.
Olivier Giroud netted a perfect hat-trick and Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also got on the scoresheet as we advanced 8-0 on aggregate, our biggest margin of victory in a European knock-out tie for 48 years.