Monday, November 8, 2010

Vintage Chelsea Jersey

Chelsea are one of the few clubs in English football that still wear their original colours, although when the club was formed in 1905 it was a slightly lighter shade of blue that was sported. The reason behind the famous blue strip is straightforward; when Chelsea’s founder Gus Mears formed the club he simply chose Lord Chelsea’s racing colour of blue as the most logical visual identity for his team. Although the tradition of blue shirts had been long established, it wasn’t until the 1964–65 season that the club began to complement the jerseys with blue shorts and white shorts to form the Chelsea strip we recognise today. This unique colour combination was the brainchild of then manager Tommy Docherty who believed, quite rightly, that by choosing shorts and socks in these colours he would create a distinctive and original kit. Regular Chelsea away kits tend to be white or yellow. Memorable exceptions to this formula include the one-off Inter Milan-esque blue and black stripes worn in the 1965–66 FA Cup semi final and the remarkable combinations of red, white and green favoured for much of the 1970s. The club have had a chequered past sponsor wise. Their first shirt partner was Gulf Air in the 1983–84 season but in 1986–87, unable to secure a permanent sponsor, their shirts featured the logos of three different companies at different times throughout the campaign. It was an innovative concept that has recently been adopted by other clubs in these cash-strapped times.

1978-1981 Chelsea Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Eamonn Bannon, Micket Droy

Influenced by the Brazil side of the 70's Chelsea opted for the famous yellow and greeen! Worn in a 5-1 thrashing by Ipswich!

1983-1985 Chelsea Home

Design - Le Coq Sportif

Players - Kerry Dixon, Spackman, Hollins, Thomas, Johnstone

Extremely rare vintage home jersey as worn in the Division Two title winning season of 83-84 under manager John Neal

1987-1989 Chelsea Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Graham Roberts, Colin West
, Dorigo, Wilson, Wicks

Chelsea Away jersey with embriodered Umbro logo and Chelsea Badge, Commodore Sponsor proffesionaly heat pressed into the shirt. Jade colour with grey diagonal pinstripes, raise a few questions amongst fans as it was similar to the home shirt, extremely rare shirt with the sponsor in excellent condition!

1987-1989 Chelsea Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Tony Dorigo, Clive Wilson
, Roberts, West

Rare jersey with white diagonal pinstripes pattern. Worn when Chelsea were relegated in 87-88

1987-1989 Chelsea Match Worn Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Clarke, Dorigo, Pat Nevin, Dixon, Durie

Very rare match worn jade shorts from the 87-89 seasons when Chelsea were relegated from the top flight, but returned the following season. very collectable

1988-1990 Chelsea Third Jersey

Design - Umbro

Players - Kevin Wilson, Graeme La Saux

Very Vintage design shirt worn when Chelsea won the Second Division championship

1989-1991 Chelsea Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Graham Stuart, Graeme La Saux
, Kerry Dixon, Stuart, Sinclair, Dorigo

Rare home jersey as worn in the 1989-90 season when the side finished 4th in Division One under Bobby Campbell, but failed to qualify for the U.E.F.A Cup. Campbell quit the following season, replaced by ex Chelsea player Ian Porterfield
. Worn in the Zenith Data Systems Cup Final 1-0 win over Middlesborough.

1990-1992 Chelsea Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Jason Cundy, Graeme La Saux, Cundy, Monkou

Dazzling red and white shirt from Umbro, in outstanding condition!

1991-1993 Chelsea Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Andy Townsend, Clive Allen

Typical jersey from Umbro in the early 90's which featured chevrons on the arms. Worn in a great 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield!

1992-1994 Chelsea Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Mark Stein, John Spencer

A very vintage looking shirt in outstanding condition!

1993-1994 Chelsea Third Jersey

Design - Umbro

Players - Eddie Newton, Craig Burley

Retro look yellow shirt with black stripes. Worn in the FA Cup fourth round replay win vs Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 AET

1993-1995 Chelsea Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Frank Sinclair, Paul Furlong

Jersey as worn in the dissapointing 4-0 FA Cup Final defeat to Manchester United in 1994. Has FA Cup Final embroidered under the Chelsea Logo

1995-1997 Chelsea Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Ruud Gullit, Hughes, Duberry, Leboeuf, Di Matteo, Petrescu

Home jersey as worn in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup Final, Duberry made 17 appearance scoring 1 goal, Chelsea went on to win the FA Cup in that season and finished 6th in the league under manager Ruud Gullit, Duberry left Chelsea in 1999 and went on to play for various clubs including Leeds, Stoke and Reading, he is currently playing for St. Johnstone

1996-1997 Chelsea Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Frank Leboeuf, Dan Petrescu

Bright yellow jersey with the Chelsea logo and Umbro badge positioned in the center of the jersey. Worn in a European Cup Winners game against Tromso in Norway, the game is famous forthe blizzard conditions, and the pitch being totally covered in snow, the officials had to stop the game to clear the lines! Chelsea lost the game 3-2 with Vialli scoring. Duberry made 17 appearances, scoring 1 goal. Chelsea finished 6th in the Premiership under manager Ruud

1999-2001 Chelsea Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Marcel Desailly, Alberto Ferrer
, Leboeuf, Babayaro, Zola, Weah, Deschamps, Hasselbaink

Home jersey as worn in the 2000 FA Cup Final against Aston Villa, Chelsea won the match 1-0 with a great strike from Roberto Di Matteo. The game was the last FA Cup final to be played at the old Wembley
, Worn in the FA Cup Final 1-0 win over Aston Villa, also the 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United. Hasselbaink scored 23 goals in 35 league appearances in the 2000-01 season, including a volley from outside the penalty area against Manchester United and a four-goal haul against Coventry City; he finished the season as the Premier League's top goal scorer.

2002-2004 Chelsea Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Marcel Desailly, Le Saux, Eiður Guðjohnsen, Gianfranco Zola

Away jersey as worn in the season 02-03 that saw the side finish 4th in the premiership under Manager Claudio Ranieri

2003-2005 Chelsea Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Frank Lampard, Damien Duff

Away shirt as worn when Chelsea first won the Premiership in 2005

2003-2005 Chelsea Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Frank Lampard, Damien Duff
, Veron, Cole, Bridge, Geremi, Stacnic, Crespo

Jersey worn in the 2-0 win at Bolton that clinched the the first championship in half a century.
04-05 season which clinched the Premiership Title

2004-2006 Chelsea Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Lampard,Terry, Mutu, Makelele, Geremi, Robben, Drogba, Kezman,

Worn in Chelsea's first title for 50 years under new boss 'The special one' Jose Mourinho

2005-2006 Chelsea Away

Design - Adidas

Players - Lampard, Robben, Cole, Terry, Kezman

Away jersey as Chelsea won the Premier League title for the second consecutive season in a row and also won the Community Shield under manager Jose Mourinho

2005-2006 Chelsea Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Lampard,Terry, Cole, Crespo, Drogba

As worn by the Premiership winning squad in Chelsea's centenary season to retain the title in consecetive seasons

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