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Soccer Jersey Expert Factfile
Name:
Chelsea Football Club
League:
English Premier League
Jersey Brand:
Adidas
Jersey Sponsor:
Samsung
Home Uniform:
Blue jersey; blue shorts; white socks
Away Uniform:
Dark navy & navy stripes; dark navy shorts & navy socks
European Uniform:
White jersey; white short; white socks

Chelsea are one of the richest soccer teams in the world since being bought by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003. They have 3 First Division/Premier League titles, 2 European Cup Wnners Cups, 5 FA Cups, 4 English League Cups and 1 UEFA Super Cup.

The Original Chelsea Soccer Jersey

Original Chelsea Soccer Uniform The original Chelsea soccer jersey was a lighter blue than the current kit, the lighter blue shirt, white shorts and dark blue socks were taken from the horse racing colours of Lord Chelsea. The more familiar darker blue jersey took over in 1912 and is still Chelsea's colour today.

Chelsea were founded in 1905 by Gus and Joseph Mears, builders who had bought the Stamford Bridge Athletics ground with the intention of staging first class football matches. Initially they tried to persuade Fulham FC to adopt the ground as their home but following a dispute over the rent the Mears brothers were resigned to selling the ground to the Great Western Railways company to be used as a coal dump. However, Gus Mears took the advice of work colleague Fred Parker to instead found his own club and Chelsea FC was born!

The Royal Blue Chelsea Soccer Jersey

The royal blue jersey that Chelsea wear today was introduced around 1912 and in the early days Ron Harris of Chelsea the shorts were always white. It wasn't until the early 1960's during the managership of Tommy Docherty that the royal blue shorts were introduced. The idea was to make the Chelsea kit more distinctive as no other major side used the same combination. The royal blue jersey and shorts with white socks is now the distinctive Chelsea soccer uniform.

One of Chelsea’s great captains of the 1960's and 1970's was Ron 'Chopper' Harris, pictured on the right in the now famous royal blue jersey and shorts with white socks. Ron was widely regarded as one of the toughest defenders of his era and captained Chelsea to their FA Cup final win over Leeds United in 1970 and their first European sucess in the following year beating Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners Cup.

The Chelsea Crest

Chelsea have had 4 main crest designs although all have undergone minor variations. The first crest adopted was based on an image of a Chelsea pensioner and this lasted for about 50 years although it never appeared on the Chelsea jersey. In an attempt to modernise the club in the 1950's, their famous manager Ted Drake wanted a stronger image so initially a temporary emblem of C.F.C. was introduced. This lasted a year and in 1953 an upright blue lion looking backwards and holding a staff was brought in and lasted for 3 decades. This was the first club crest to appear on a shirt as the policy of displaying the crest on jerseys was not introduced until the early 1960's. In 1986 the then chairman Ken Bates changed the crest again, this time to a more naturalistic lion standing over the clubs initials. In 2003, with the club's centenary approaching it was decided to revert back to the more traditional design of the heraldic lion hold the staff and this current design was officially adopted for the start of the 2005 season.

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The Branded Jersey

Up until 1975 the Chelsea soccer jersey was unbranded. However, following the branded soccerwear revolution of the 1970's Chelsea aswell as all the other top clubs became affiliated with one of the soccer jersey manufacturers. Chelsea's first brand was Umbro, a partnership which lasted 6 years. Since then Chelsea have turned to Le Coq Sportif, back to Umbro and they are now with Adidas.

The images below show how the branding on the jersey had developed over time.

Umbro branding - 1975 to 1981

Chelsea Jersey Brand - Umbro - 1975 to 1981

Le Coq Sportif branding - 1981 to 1986

Chelsea Jersey Brand - Le Coq Sportif - 19815 to 1986

Reebok branding - 1996 to 2006

Chelsea Jersey Brand - Umbro - 1987 to 2006

Adidas branding - 2006 to 2010

Chelsea Jersey Brand - Adidas - 2006 to 2008

Jersey Sponsorship

Chelsea have had a number of shirts sponsors since 1983 :

  • Gulf Air - Airline company
  • Commodore - Electronics company
  • Amiga - Electronics company
  • Coors - Beer Brand
  • Autoglass - Glass company
  • Fly Emirates - Airline company
  • Samsung - Electronics company