Chelsea won promotion to the First Division in their second season and yo-yoed between the First and Second Divisions in their early years. They reached the 1915 FA Cup Final, where they lost to Sheffield United at Old Trafford, and finished third in the First Division in 1920, the club’s best league campaign to that point. Chelsea had a reputation for signing star players and attracted large crowds; they had the highest average attendances in English football in ten separate seasons including 1907–08, 1909–10, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1913–14 and 1919–20. They were FA Cup semi-finalists in 1920 and 1932 and remained in the First Division throughout the 1930s, but success eluded the club in the inter-war years.
In 2009, under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink, Chelsea won another FA Cup. In 2009–10, his successor Carlo Ancelotti led them to their first Premier League and FA Cup Double, also becoming the first English top-flight club to score 100 league goals in a season since 1963.
In 1904, Gus Mears acquired the Stamford Bridge athletics stadium with the aim of turning it into a football ground. An offer to lease it to nearby Fulham was turned down, so Mears opted to found his own club to use the stadium. As there was already a team named Fulham in the borough, the name of the adjacent borough of Chelsea was chosen for the new club; names like Kensington FC, Stamford Bridge FC and London FC were also considered. Chelsea were founded on 10 March 1905 at The Rising Sun pub (now The Butcher’s Hook), opposite the present-day main entrance to the ground on Fulham Road, and were elected to the Football League shortly afterwards.
1905 – Present / Chelsea Football Club
The Blues, The Pensioners
The nickname comes from the well known Chelsea Pensioners – war veterans living in a nearby hospital. In 1905 the club adopted the crest of the Chelsea pensioners, and the nickname was adopted.
Over the years Chelsea has developed their nickname into “The Blues,” as it has always been the color of their kit, and their crest wore a blue lion. One of their popular club chants even has a blue theme to it “Blue is the color.”
Premier League / 6
2017, 2015, 2010, 2006, 2005,1955
FA Cup / 8
2018, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2000, 1997, 1970
Premier League – FA Cup Double / 1
1905 – Present / Stamford Bridge
2003 – Present / Roman Abramovich
*Blue is this team’s history