Manager Antonio Conte admitted to having champagne ready in the dressing room even before his team got to the field to battle West Bromwich Albion for the Premier League Title ‘17. And after eighty two minutes, the Champions had come home with a 0-1 win to do that bottle of champagne justice.
The Champions’ real home, the Stamford Bridge in London, has not seen their greatest performance, since they had their best defense away from home with 8.9 shots conceded per game. If you are a football fan visiting London, you must check out the home of the Chelsea Football Club. The best way to do so is to book into one of those comfortable yet cheap hotels in Earls Court, like Hotel Lily, which is near the Earls Court Exhibition Centre & Earls Court Station.
History of the Chelsea Football Club
The Club’s Claim to Fame
After being founded in 1905, within its first fifty years, Chelsea F.C. won all the major trophies, signing on the biggest names and attracting more and more people to the stadium. Even after finishing mid-table or fighting relegation, the club was in the First Division for thirty of its first forty seasons.
Until 1955, the best taste of success that the Chelsea Football Club had was from their runners-up position at the FA Cup of 1915 and their semi-finalist qualifications in 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950 and 1952. However, manager Ted Drake broke the cycle with a number of changes that led the team to the League Championship of ’55. After this, Chelsea was seen challenging for the honors from 1963 to 1972 regularly. The club won the League Cup in 1965, the FA Cup in 1970 and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1971.
On the Verge of Extinction
After enjoying its time in the spotlight, Chelsea FC saw a few dark days due to debt burden from the ambitious redevelopment project to make Stamford Bridge the club’s home ground. Tourism executives at Hotel Lily, a hotel just seven minutes away from the stadium in Earls Court, recall that the club was on the brink of shutting down because of the massive undertaking. Thankfully, under John Neal’s management in the 1980s, the club rose and re-established itself among the top order, with a Second Division title win.
And the revival that began under Neal continued under Ruud Gullit and Gianluca Vialli. From 1996 to 2000 were glorious years for the football club, after a long time. The club won the FA Cup for 1997 and 2000, League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1998 and qualified for the Champions League for the first time ever. As for the Premier League, we saw Chelsea FC win in 2017, while it had never finished outside of the top ten since the Premier League of ’96.
If you’re a fan and wish to see the club’s glorious past, you’ll be glad to know that Stamford Bridge is not only open for visitors but can also be played in. When visiting the stadium, you can stay at hotels near Earls Court Exhibition Centre & Earls Court Station to stay within easy reach of the stadium.