On this day in 2005…
Chelsea secured the clubs first Premier League title, and the second trophy of the Abramovich era.
Frank Lampard with the goals, of course.
While Chelsea were a reasonably consistent club for most of their history, people nowadays usually associate them with the football juggernaut they’ve become at the turn of the century; not much of a surprise, considering the club won the majority of their silverware in that period. Chelsea have won League titles, FA Cups and League Cups.
They’ve also found success in Europe, becoming the only British club to win all three major UEFA trophies: the Cup Winners’ Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.
Their first League title in 1955 was a shock for everyone, especially considering the club had finished in the bottom half of the league for most of the previous seasons. This unexpected success was not enough to turn their fortunes around, however, and the club soon returned to mediocrity.
The mid-60s caught Chelsea at the height of their popularity, with many big-name celebrities becoming regular guests at Stamford Bridge. For the first time in their history, the club was seen as an actual contender. After securing their first League Cup in 1965, they followed it up with two more “firsts” by claiming an FA Cup in 1970 and a Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971.
In 2003, Chelsea’s landscape changed forever when the club was sold to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
The new owner immediately led Chelsea to an era of financial stability, paying off the majority of the club’s debts and spending a then-unprecedented amount of money on star signings.
Still, it wasn’t until José Mourinho’s arrival that all the pieces fell into place; under the controversial Portuguese manager, Chelsea won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, as well as two League Cups in 2005 and 2007 and an FA Cup in 2007.