Chelsea Women take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Sophie Ingle, who played in the first ever Women’s Super League match at the stadium, recalls her favourite games in SW6.

For the third time this season, Stamford Bridge will host a Women’s Super League fixture, after we opened our campaign there with a 2-1 derby win over Tottenham Hotspur, before thrashing Liverpool 5-1 at the Bridge in November.

Veteran midfielder Sophie Ingle started both those matches, equalling the all-time WSL appearance record with her 184th game in the competition against Liverpool, before promptly going clear on her own in our next match, another big win over Leicester.

The Welsh international also played the whole 90 minutes on the very first occasion Chelsea Women took to the Stamford Bridge pitch in the WSL, so who better to look back over the history of the Women at the Bridge and pick out her top three matches at the famous stadium.

Our next Women's game at the Bridge is sure to be another cracker, as we host Manchester United in the WSL at 12.30pm on Sunday 21 January and you can make sure you are there with tickets on general sale and up to 10 per person available to purchase, with more than 20,000 sold already. In the meantime, let's get in the mood with some previous classic matches.

Over to you Sophie…

Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur, 8 September 2019

We began our 2019/20 Women’s Super League campaign with Chelsea Women’s first game at the Bridge in that competition, Bethany England’s early wonder goal proving enough for the victory in front of what was then a record crowd for a Chelsea Women home game of 24,564

‘I remember our first Women’s Super League game at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham Hotspur in September 2019,’ said Ingle. ‘Bethany England scored a screamer with her left foot which went right into the top bins.’

Chelsea 1-2 Lyon (4-3 pens), 30 March 2023

Switching to the Women’s Champions League, wins don’t get much more dramatic than last season’s quarter-final. It looked like our campaign might be over when the French visitors overturned our first-leg lead and then went ahead in extra time, but Maren Mjelde’s 128th-minute penalty equalised, allowing us to triumph in a shoot-out.

‘The Champions League game against Lyon at the Bridge in March 2023, that was a crazy game,’ she recalled. ‘We went to extra time and Lauren [James] won a penalty in the last minute, which Maren stepped up and scored right in the top corner.

‘It’s mad to think it was literally the last kick of the game – no rebounds – and then to penalties. It’s one of the best Champions League games I’ve ever been involved in and the atmosphere at the Bridge was amazing.’

Chelsea 5-1 Liverpool, 18 November 2023

The aforementioned WSL win over Liverpool this season was a little more straightforward, as we edged the first half 2-1 before blowing the Reds away after the break. Obviously, it was a match which had special significance for Ingle given her record-equalling appearance.

‘Liverpool at the Bridge earlier this season,’ Sophie concluded. ‘On a personal note, equalling the WSL appearance record for myself, but the team were dominant throughout the game and we scored some great goals that day.’