The day was 10th March 1905 and the place was The Rising Sun (now the Butcher’s hook) in West London. An offer to lease the Stamford Bridge stadium to Fulham FC was turned down, so the owners Gus and Joseph Mears found their own club to use the stadium and named it Chelsea FC.
Over the years
The club has seen many ups and downs. They were Champions of England in 1954-55. Throughout the 60s, the club challenged for honours, winning the FA Cup in 1970. The 80s was a turbulent period. The club was in huge debt, on the verge of losing their stadium. In 1982, Chelsea was sold to Ken Bates for a nominal sum of £1.
Around the mid 90s, the club again started their ascent, catalysed by foreign players like Gianfranco Zola and influential people in office like Matthew Harding. In June 2003, Chelsea was sold to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £140 million. Huge investment was made in players, stadium and youth academy.
The club won the Premier League in 2004-05 seasons under charismatic manager Jose Mourinho and then repeated the feat the season after.
Chelsea in Europe
The club again won the title in 2009-10, but the dream of Champions League title remained elusive. That day finally arrived on 19th May, 2012. They were playing Bayern Munich in the final in the latter’s stadium and Chelsea were massive underdogs as captain John Terry and Branislav Ivanovich were suspended.
Frank Lampard took the captain’s armband and Chelsea displayed that night the quality which defines them the best- resilience. The score line was 1-1 after 120 minutes and Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties.
Since then, they won the Premier League in 2014-15 and went through an inexplicable dip in 2015-16, where they finished 10th. But this season, they are back to their best, leading the table with 11 games left. Under passionate manager Antonio Conte, the future looks bright. With promising young talents like Lewis Baker, Andreas Christensen and Nathan Ake, the club are looking to be the best in England and Europe for years to come as it celebrates its 112th anniversary.