Ten Absolutely Incredible But Little Known Facts About Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea are undoubtedly the in-form team of the season and with Jose Mourinho in charge of a side playing the most attractive football in the league, the Londoners are on course to win their fourth League title ever.

Chelsea Football Club, over an illustrious and trophy-laden history, have amassed some pretty statistics and record. Here GoalDig presents ten of the most incredibly little-known facts about Chelsea FC. 

Unsurprisingly, a few of the records below may get matched and broken before the end of this current campaign that promises so much.  

Chelsea Football Club Fact #1:

Chelsea have won four First Division titles in their long history. Only Manchester United (20), Liverpool (18), Arsenal (13), Everton (9), Aston Villa (7) and Sunderland (6), have won more among the current sides in the Premier League.  

Since the inception of the Premier League in the 1992-93 season, Chelsea have not lost a single league game, either home or away against Barnsley, Blackpool, Burnley, Cardiff City, Hull City, Portsmouth, Reading, Swindon Town and Swansea City. (Correct to 16th November 2014 (Matchday 11))

Chelsea Football Club Fact #2:

Since the start of the Premier League, only three Chelsea players – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in 2002, Didier Drogba in 2007 and 2010, and Nicolas Anelka in 2009 – have ended the season as the League’s top scorer. 

Chelsea Football Club Fact #3:

When Chelsea football club was bought by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in a deal worth £140m ($233m) in 2003, it was the biggest takeover in British football history.

Incredibly, long-time chairman Ken Bates who sold the London club to the wealthy Russian had bought the club in 1982 for just £1 (yes, you read that well: £1) while taking on debts of about £1.5 million.

At the time of purchase, Mr Abramovich was the 46th richest person in the world. So he went ahead and bought just over half the shares of Chelsea Village, which owns the football club, for 35 pence each - putting the total value of the club's shares at £59.3m.

Chelsea Football Club Fact #4:

Chelsea (2004–05) hold the record for the most away wins in a season, winning 15 of 19 games, as well as the most home wins in a season, only failing to win once in 19 games in 2005–06. 

With a smashing 29 victories amassed in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge, Chelsea ran away with the Premier League title with the most wins in a season (38 games). 

For all the debate about Chelsea being a defensive side, the Blues hold the Premier League record for the most goals scored in a season, having find the back of their opponents net an incredible 103 times in the 2009–10 season. Sixty-eight (68) of those goals were scored at home.

The Londoners do undoubtedly defend in style and their enviable record of having conceded the fewest goals (15) in an EPL season in their (2004–05) title-winning campaign is a testament to that.

Chelsea Football Club Fact #5:

Didier Drogba is Chelsea’s highest goal-scorer in European competitions where he has 36 goals to his name, a whopping 11 goals more than Frank Lampard in second.

The most important of those goals came as the equaliser in the last minute of their Champions League encounter against Bayern Munich. Chelsea football club went on to win the match on penalties and their first UEFA Champions League trophy in history. 

Chelsea Football Club Fact #6:

Gianluca Vialli only managed nine goals in the 1996-97 Premier League to top Chelsea’s goal-scorers chart. Nine goals, all season.

In comparison, Diego Costa has already banged in 17 league goals only midway into the season. Now, that’s why Vialli’s Chelsea never challenged for the league title, while a Diego Costa inspired Chelsea are the odds-on favourites to coast home to their third title. 

Chelsea Football Club Fact #7:

 The first manager of Chelsea Football Club was John Tait Robertson, appointed in 1905. The club's current manager is José Mourinho.

Chelsea have had 27 permanent managers (of whom four also served as player-manager), and eight caretaker managers. Of those, only thirteen managers have gone on to win honours with Chelsea football club, prominent among who are Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez, and -their Champions League winning manager- Roberto Di Matteo. 

Chelsea Football Club Fact #8:

 Only 7 players – Damian Matthew, Paul Furlong, Mark Hughes, Andy Myers, Gustavo Poyet, Frank Lampard, and Oscar – have ever worn the jersey ‘Number 8’ for Chelsea football club in the Premier League history, the legendary Frank Lampard the most illustrious of them having put on the jersey for thirteen (13) consecutive seasons. 

Chelsea Football Club Fact #9:

At the inception of the Premier League in 1992–93, just eleven players named in the starting line-ups for the first round of matches hailed from outside of the United Kingdom or Ireland.

On 26 December 1999, Chelsea became the first Premier League side to field an entirely foreign starting line-up. They played Southampton with 11 overseas players - the first time an English league side had fielded a starting line-up without a single British player.  

Manager Gianluca Vialli started with De Goey, Ferrar, Babayaro, Thome, Leboeuf, Petrescu, Poyet, Deschamps, Di Matteo, Flo and Ambrosetti. And the players did Vialli proud, with two first-half goals from Flo helping Chelsea to victory. 

Chelsea Football Club Fact #10:

Chelsea are the true king of Stamford Bridge, with their 86 consecutive Premier League home games undefeated run not bettered by any other Premier League team. 

Chelsea’s incredible four and a half-year unbeaten Premier League run, which began under Claudio Ranieri on 21 February 2004 and ended three managers later under Luiz Felipe Scolari with a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on 26 October 2008, is also the all-time league record.

Jose Mourinho, who was manager for 60 of those undefeated matches, enjoyed a run of 150 unbeaten home games with four different clubs, from February 2002 to March 2011.