Chelsea’s Premier League debut is unrecognisable

Jordan Heal

Last season Chelsea triumphantly won the Premier League under the tutelage of Antonio Conte, to add to the Blues’ impressive record and collection of trophies.

But it wasn’t always looking like it was going to be such a successful era in the Premier League, with Chelsea drawing 1-1 with Oldham Athletic in their first ever game in the newly founded top flight of English football.

The game saw newly signed Mick Harford put the Blues up 1-0 in the 84th minute before Nick Henry equalised in the 86th. The attendance for the game was fewer than 21,000 spectators. This statistic is less than half the highest average for a Chelsea league season which is recorded at 48,302 in the 1954-55 season, many years before the Premier League came to fruition.

In Chelsea’s historic existence, the club have won every major domestic honour. They have never finished outside the top two divisions in English football.  In total, Chelsea have won five league championships, seven FA cups, five League Cups, one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Europa League. Here is a look at the very first Chelsea Premier League starting XI and subs:

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Chelsea are arguably one of the greatest teams in the top flight division. With an impressive honours list, the players in this gallery seem to pale in comparison. Arguably, the only memorable person from this list is the infamous Vinnie Jones.

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