Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Blues
Chelsea FC was founded in 1905 by Henry Augustus Mears. Mears had redeveloped an old West London Athletics ground, but couldn’t find a football club to make use of it. He decided to create his own team and aimed to make them a glamorous side that would put on a show every week for the local Londoners. Expensive signings helped Chelsea to live up to Mears’ ideas and the club built steadily towards success. Chelsea won First Division titles in the Blues’ fiftieth and one hundredth year. They also claimed three FA Cups by the year 2000. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 and invested heavily into the side. Chelsea subsequently became an even bigger force in the game and gradually developed into one of the top football clubs in Europe. Success in the Abramovich era has included Premiership titles, a steady flow of cup wins and a consistent place in the latter rounds of the Champions League,
Football Books on Chelsea - Inspired Gifts
A personalised book about Chelsea can be an inspired present for a fan of the Blues. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Football Book on Chelsea makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a Chelsea supporter's memorabilia collection.
Football Book Coverage - Chelsea
This personalised Football Book opens with the Chelsea's election to the Second Division in 1905. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the Twentieth Century and includes many highlights from the present era.
Memorable stories in these Football Books include Chelsea reaching the FA Cup Final in 1915, winning promotion to the First Division in 1930 and becoming League Champions in 1955. Read about the 82,905 fans who witnessed the 1935 game against Arsenal, plus Jimmy Greeves’s hat-trick in the 6-3 win against Manchester City in 1960. The Gift Book also features coverage of Chelsea reaching the FA Cup Final in 1967 and winning the competition in 1970. Chelsea would go on to secure the European Cup Winners Cup the following year. This Football Book follows Chelsea's climb back from the Second Division to the Cup wins of 1997, 1998 and 2000. It also covers the signing of Frank Lampard in 2001.
No Football Book on Chelsea could be complete without featuring the purchase of the club by Roman Abramovich and reports on the fortune he subsequently invested. The Gift Books feature a variety of articles from the Abramovich era at Chelsea, including various trophy wins and dramatic European matches.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into the Blues’ history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Chelsea memorabilia.
Memorabilia - Chelsea
If you are a collector of memorabilia or looking for gifts for a Chelsea fan, why not consider our Newspaper Calendar or Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Chelsea's key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Chelsea fans. Other related presents include special Framed Newspaper Reprints, and Mugs, We also offer terrific Tours of Stamford Bridge.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Before Chelsea FC was created Fulham came close to signing a deal to use Stamford Bridge as their home ground.
- Chelsea was founded at The Rising Sun Pub – now called The Butcher’s Arm – located on Fulham Road.
- Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 for a reported £140 million. This was by far the most lucrative sale of an English football club at the time and Abramovich soon matched the figure with his investment in new players.
- Although Chelsea FC has traditionally enjoyed rivalries with other London sides, many fans also think of Liverpool as one of the club’s biggest rivals. This is due to a series of cup clashes in the new millennium, including a run of closely fought Champions League encounters. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Liverpool’s Rafael Benitez also added fire to the developing rivalry, due to their mutual and open dislike of each other.
- Chelsea captain John Terry became the first captain to lift the FA Cup trophy at the new Wembley stadium, following the Chelsea's 1-0 win against Manchester United in the 2007 final. Terry also became the first player to score an international goal at the new Wembley, in a 1-1 draw between England and Brazil.