Stamford BridgeMost soccer teams have an emotional link to their home stadium, but the history of few teams and stadiums are as intertwined as that of Chelsea FC and Stamford Bridge, their London home. Built in 1877, Stamford Bridge was an athletics track until 1905 when two brothers (HA and JT Mears) purchased it with the intention of attracting an existing team to play there. When this plan failed, they decided to take the bull by the horns and create their own team – Chelsea FC.And so began 100 years of soccer history with many ups and downs along the way.The Story Of The Blues Chelsea Football Club was officially formed on March 14 1905 in The Rising Sun public house opposite the main entrance to the current stadium. A few weeks later, the team joined the Second Division of the growing Soccer League, and they played their first game (against Stockport County) on May 29, 1905.A long, uneventful period followed and it was not until 1955 that Chelsea won their first league title. Initially nicknamed “The Pensioners” after the nearby Royal Hospital (home of army pensioners), an early manager thought it gave the wrong impression – and ever since,… Read full this story
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