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:
Mistakes against Norwich City led to manager Porterfield telling Beasant he would never play for the club again. Although, he returned to the side following Porterfield’s departure. In the following season, the 'keeper sustained an injury when he dropped a bottle of salad cream on his foot. He missed eight weeks of the season. Image Source: The Sportster
Clarke recorded several hundred appearances for the Blues during his playing career. He has won several honours including an FA Cup, a League Cup Final and a UEFA Winners’ Cup with the club. Image Source: Twitter
Donaghy featured in the inaugural Premier League season helping Chelsea reach 11th place. His presence also helped the club reach the 1993-94 FA Cup Final. Although he did not make the squad for the final. Donaghy announced his retirement from club football at the end of that season. Image Source: Twitter
Elliot signed for Chelsea in 1991. Despite featuring in the opening game for Chelsea in the Premier League, in September 1992 he sustained a serious knee injury. This was a result of a challenge from Dean Saunders. Following the injury, Elliot never played again and announced his retirement in May 1994. Image Source: Twitter
Jones only spent one season with the Blues, yet he was a figure that will always be remembered. Jones holds the record for the fastest booking in English football. The record was set when he brought down Sheffield United player Dane Whitehouse just three seconds from kick-off. Jones also famously grabbed Gascoigne’s testicles during a match and released a controversial film 'Soccer’s Hard Men' in 1992. He was fined £20,000 for bringing the game into disrepute by releasing the film. Image Source: Twitter
Matthew began his playing career in the early 1990s. He was issued the No.8 shirt when the Premier League squad numbers were introduced in 1993/94. Following his retirement, Matthew has been a pundit for Chelsea TV and is a UEFA qualified coach. Image Source: Twitter
Stuart featured in the inaugural Premier League season for Chelsea. Yet he is more fondly remembered by Everton fans for his spell with the Toffees. Stuart has also done television work for Sky Sports. Image Source: Twitter
Townsend signed for Chelsea back in July 1990. He recorded over 100 appearances for the Blues though he never won a trophy with them. Unfortunately for Townsend, Chelsea never finished higher than 11th place while he was signed for them. Image Source: Twitter
Fleck signed for a then-club record of £2.1million just before the first season of the new Premier League. The strikers spell at Chelsea was unsuccessful. But despite his poor record he was a fan favourite, with ‘We all live in a Robert Fleck world’ being chanted regularly. Image Source: Twitter
Chelsea’s first game in the Premier League saw them draw 1-1 with Oldham. Their one goal to finish the match as a draw was their first ever in the competition. This goal was scored by none-other than Mick Harford. Harford was the top scorer for the club during the 92-93 campaign. Despite this, he was sold in March 1993. Image Source: Twitter
Hitchcock was on the bench for the opening game of the new Premier League division. The 'keeper was plagued with injuries resulting in him often being low down in the pecking order for the club. Image Source: PlayBuzz
Newton emerged through Chelsea’s youth ranks. The youth player was benched for the opening game. Newton was then loaned to Cardiff in January 1992. Image Source: Twitter
Allon signed for the club in August 1991. He spent the 91-92 season on loan with Port Vale. Allon then stayed with the club for a few months in the inaugural Premier League season, before he was sold to Brentford in November 1992. Image Source: Twitter
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.