Historical Football Kits

 

Chelsea

Formed 1905

Elected to Division Two 1905

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Kit History

1905-1909 Chelsea Kit

1905-1907 a i n

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chelsea fc 1907-11

1907-1911 n

chelsea fc 1911-12

1911-1912 v n

chelsea 1912-13

1912-1913 v

chelsea fc 1907-11

1913-1915 v

chelsea 1914-15

1915-1918 v

chelsea 1924-25

1918-1927 v

chelsea 1927-28

1927-1928 v

chelsea 1928-29

1928-1929 m o v

chelsea 1939-30

1929-1931 v

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chelsea 1929-33

1931-1933 o

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chelsea 1933-38

1933-1938 o

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1936-1946 Chelsea Kit

1938-1943 g

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chelsea 1944

1943-1944 v

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chelsea 1944-45

1944-1945 v

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1945-1946 v

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1947-1948 Chelsea Kit

1946-1948 h o

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1948-1949 Chelsea Kit

1948-1949 e h

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1951-1952 Chelsea Kit

1949-1955 a f h o v x

Cold weather kit 53-55

Sep 53-1955 m n o

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1955-1956 Chelsea Kit

1955-1957 h o s

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1957-1959 Chelsea Kit

1957-1958 h

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1958-1959 o

1959-1960 Chelsea Kit

1959-1960 h p x

1960-1961 Chelsea Kit

1960-1961 1 b h

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chelsea fc 1960-61

1960-1961 2 x

1961-Jan 1962 c h

chelsea 1961-62 alternate kit

Jan-May 1962 v x

1962-1963 c h m

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chelsea 1963-64

1963-1964 v

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4 March 1964 x

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Aug-Sept 1964 x

Sept 1964-Dec 65 h v x

1966-1967 Chelsea Kit

Dec 1965-1967 d f h x

1967-1968 m x

1968-1970 Chelsea Kit

1968-1970 d f h

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1970 FA Cup Final

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chelsea 1970 fa cup final replay

1970 FA Cup Replay x

1970-1971 Chelsea Kit

1970-1971 h

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1972 League Cup Final Also worn against teams in white socks

1971-1973 Chelsea Kit

1971-Nov 1972 d h s

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chelsea 1972-73 alternate home kit

1971-1972 alt x

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1973-1974 Chelsea Kit

Nov 1972-1973 h r st

Short sleeve version had crew neck
chelsea 1974-75

1973-1975 s t

Umbro
1975-1978 Chelsea Kit

1975-1977 d h r t

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1978-1981 Chelsea Kit

1977-1981 d h t

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1981-1983 Chelsea Kit

1981-1983 c

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1983-1984 Chelsea Kit

1983-1984 d x

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1984-1985 Chelsea Kit

1984-1985 d x

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1985-1986 Chelsea Kit

1985-1986 d

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1986-1987 Chelsea Kit

1986-1987 d j k

Umbro
1987-1989 Chelsea Kit

1987-1989 d l q

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Umbro
1989-1991 Chelsea Kit

1989-1991 d l

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Umbro
1991-1993 Chelsea Kit

1991-1992 d

Umbro
chelsea 1992-93 home strip

1992-1993 u

Umbro
1993-1994 Chelsea Kit

1993-1994 d l

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Umbro
1994-1995 Chelsea Kit

1994-1995 d l

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Umbro
chelsea 1994-95 european kit

1994-1995 x

Used in Europe
Umbro
Chelsea 1995-1997 Kit

1995-1997 d

Umbro
Chelsea 1997-1999 Kit

1997-1999 d

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Umbro
Chelsea 1999-2001 Kit

1999-2001 d

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Chelsea 2001-2003 Kit

2001-2003 c

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Chelsea 2003-2005 Kit

2003-2005 c

Umbro
Chelsea 2005-2006 Kit

2005-2006 c

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Chelsea 2006-2008 Kit

2006-2008 c

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2008-2009 c

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chelsea 2009-10 home kit

2009-2010 c

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chelsea 2010-11

2010-2011 c

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chelsea fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 c

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chelsea fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 c

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chelsea fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 c

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chelsea 2014-15

2014-2015 c

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Background

chelsea 1905 teamChelsea joined the League before they had played a single game - an achievement they share with Bradford City. The club came into being at the behest of a builder, Gus Mears and his brother who aquired the site of the Stamford Bridge Athletic ground and a neighbouring market garden with a view to building a football stadium. The plan lay fallow for a while until the Great Western Railway Company approached the brothers to buy the land for marshalling yards. Rather than sell their asset, the Mears brothers raised the money they needed to build the second largest stadium in England after Crystal Palace and called it Stamford Bridge. When Fulham FC declined an invitation to move in because the annual £1,500 rent was too high, the brothers simply went ahead and formed their own club, Chelsea FC. After an approach to join the Southern League was snubbed following objections from Spurs and Fulham, Chelsea successfuly applied to join the Second Division of the Football League.

Initially, Chelsea played in the racing colours associated with the Earl of Cadogan, who was the club's president and also held the title Viscount Chelsea. Weatherby's Ltd, who maintain historical records of racing silks, have confirmed to HFK that these colours were Eton blue and white. Rick Glanvill, the club's historian has discovered that a more conventional royal blue was adopted probably at the start of the 1907-08 season. (Although photographs of the period suggest the blue was a rather pale shade, this is probably due to the limitations of the film stock in common use at the time.)

chelsea pensioner crestThe club was nicknamed "The Pensioners" because of the association with the war veterans in their famous red uniforms known as the Chelsea Pensioners, which was reflected in their official crest. This never appeared on the team's shirts.

After finishing third in their first season, Chelsea was promoted to Division One for the first time in 1907, their second season. They made little impression, however, and spent most of the Twenties in Division Two. The club flirted with success but never fulfilled their potential. The club has always enjoyed the patronage of celebrity supporters because of its fashionable location and proximity to the West End. Many star players graced the team in the inter-war years but nevertheless, they became a music hall joke with a reputation as the proverbial "nearly team."

In 1955 a workmanlike team managed by Ted Drake broke the mould when Chelsea won the League Championship for the first time. chelsea crest 1960

In 1960 Chelsea added a crest to their shirts, inspired by the civic coat of arms of the London Borough of Chelsea, it bore a lion rampant derived from the arms of the club's first president, the Earl of Cadogan.

chelsea crest 1964In 1961, Chelsea were relegated to Division Two but bounced back the following season to embark on their most successful period to date. The now famous all-blue kit with white stockings was introduced in 1964 although there is evidence that an earlier version was made up in 1962 but rejected as being too radical a change at the time. Chelsea were, incidentally, the first team to play in Division One with numbers on their shorts. The Cadogan crest was replaced by a simple monogramme in 1964 but the lion was revived in 1968 and has remained the centrepiece of the club crest ever since.

In March 1964 the team played in their usual blue shirts with matching blue shorts and white socks. This is the first time the combination was worn in a competitive match and it became the regular choice the following season.chelsea crest 1968

Throughout the Sixties Chelsea rode high in the League and started to collect cup trophies: the League cup in 1965 was followed by the FA Cup (1970) and the European Cup-Winners' Cup (1971). In the 1970-71 season, a small chelsea crest 1971image of the FA Cup was embroidered next to the crest while from the 1971-72 season two stars were added to represent these two famous cup wins.

In 1975 Chelsea were relegated to Division Two and although they returned four seasons later, in 1979 they went down again. After languishing in Division Two for five seasons, Chelsea were promoted as champions in 1984. After two promising seasons, they went down once more but won the Second Division championship the following season and they have remained in the top flight ever since.

By the mid Eighties the board decided to update their image and a new crest was designed that featured a lion leapng overchelsea crest 1986 the letters CFC. This appeared in various forms with the lion rendered in red or yellow if these were the third colour chosen for that season, or in white when the team strip had no third colour..

In 1994, Chelsea reached the FA Cup final once again but lost heavily to Manchester United. Chelsea won the FA Cup in 1997, the League Cup in 1998 and the FA Cup once again in 2000. League performances also improved as a succession of high profile managers recruited top foreign stars under the determined and controversial leadership of Ken Bates, who bought the club earlier in the decade.

In 2003, Bates sold the club to Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch reputed to be worth between up to £3.8bn. While the origins of Abramovich's wealth may be obscure, there was no doubt about his intentions as over the next few years he poured huge amounts of cash into the club to enable them to sign some of the world's leading players. Indeed, at a time when the global transfer market was in recession, Abramovich's millions bucked the trend, propelling the one time music hall joke into the elite of European football. After the appointment of the charismatic Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho, Chelsea won the first of back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005, exactly 50 years after their first League title, followed by the FA Cup in 2007.

chelsea crest 2005After that first Premier League title, a new crest was introduced for the 2005-06 season which was based on the 1960 design.

The following September, after persistent stories in the media concerning Mourinho's relationship with Abramovich, the "Special One" departed and his place was taken by Avram Grant, the Director of Football for the Israeli Football Association. In his first season in charge, Grant steered his expensive team (it was reported that Abramovich's investment amounted to around £750 million in interest-free loans) to within an ace of winning a fabulous double. They finished as runners-up to Manchester United after going into the last round of Premier league matches level on points. Ten days later Chelsea and United clashed again in the UEFA Champions League final, United eventually winning on penalties. These results cost Grant his job and he was replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari was himself sacked in the middle of the 2008-09 season and replaced by Guus Hiddink for the remainder of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti took over at the beginning of the 2009-10 season and took Chelsea to a historic double. Second place in 2011 was not good enough, however, and he too was handed his cards by Mr Abramovich as was his successor, Andre Villas-Boas. It fell to their caretaker manager, Roberto di Matteo, who took over in March 2012, to lead Chelsea to their seventh FA Cup win and an historic UEFA Champions League title, won on penalties in Munich against Bayern Munich.

Rafael Benitez took over from di Matteo but was unpopular with supporters and the club announced that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season. Even so he steered Chelsea to third place in the Premier League and a dramatic late win over Benfica to secure the Europa League trophy.

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Sources

>>Chelsea Away Kits<<
  • (a) Chelsea: The 100 Year History
  • (b) Crewe Alexandra FC (Images of Sport: Harold Finch 1999)
  • (c) Chelsea FC Official Website Unlike the vast majority of League clubs, Chelsea run their own website. Includes pictures of previous kits and an opportunity to rate them!
  • (d) Sporting Heroes
  • (e) Association of Football Statisticians
  • (f) Football Focus
  • (g) Stoke City FC - Images of Sport (Tony Matthews 1999)
  • (h) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (i) Association of Football Statisticians - provided by Pete Wyatt
  • (j) True Colours (John Devlin 2005)
  • (k) Bjørn-Terje Nilssen
  • (l) David King
  • (m) Richard Franklyn
  • (n) Rick Glanvill (official Chelsea FC historian)
  • (o) Simon Monks
  • (p) Jeff Stephens
  • (q) Christopher Worrall
  • (r) Richard
  • (s) Tony Sealey
  • (t) Rodney George
  • (u) Terry Miles
  • (v) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (w) Rob Marriott (Weatherbys Ltd Bloodstock Services)
  • (x) Nik Yeomans

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