The history of Chelsea F.C Welcome one and all to these boards. If you are on Big Soccer it is because you have a love of the beautiful game we call football or indeed soccer depending on your location and upbringing. If you are reading this post you have some interest of Chelsea Football Club either as a die hard fan from the womb, a more recent fan or a guest from other boards who is here to have some (hopefully friendly) banter with the Chelsea posters. The purpose of this thread is to give you all an overview of the long (over 100 years now) history of Chelsea to maybe provide some education for newer fans who don't know us so well or even older fans who may not be up to snuff on their inter-war Chelsea history. One thing that I have really enjoyed lately is watching the name of Chelsea spread globally (a far cry from being the only kid in the playground at school who didn't support Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton or Sp*rs). And while the popularity of the club has taken off since Roman Abramovich bought us and dragged us into the elite group of clubs, there is a flip side. A lot of people now want to talk Chelsea but only really know the Chelsea of today, but there is a deep and rich history of this club that pre-dates Roman, pre-dates Zola and yes even pre-dates Kerry Dixon!! This long-winded but hopefully informative thread will lay out (in summary initially with more detail added over time, especially after I get some of my old Chelsea books in the mail!) the story of Chelsea Football Club. And don't worry, unlike the Chronicles this one is strictly about Chelsea, not my old drinking exploits, superstitions, bad memories or personal injuries related to Chelsea. This thread will be sticky and locked so I will set up a discussion thread in tandem where you can call me an uniformed idiot, make suggestions of what you would like to add to the master thread and for me to let you know when updates have been made. The beginning (it's a very good place to start). It's March 14th 1905 and Chelsea was created, literally, in a pub and as the result of a dog bite!! At this time the Mears family (who had a long association with the club and is a name any Chelsea fan should take note of) had a little spot of property on hand, this being an athletic stadium in Fulham known as it was Stamford Bridge Athletics stadium (named for a famous battle in 1066, no, not that one - the other one, oop north). Gus had secured the rights to the land in 1904 several years after first buying the stadium and had long determined to turn it into a place for football. But the story goes that he had received an enticing offer for the land by Great Western Railway and was considering selling the land so it could be turned into a coal depot. However, when he was out walking his terrier with his mate (a fan of the football idea), the friend (Fred Parker) had been bitten on the hand but took it so well that Mears was impressed and put faith in Fred's idea for the club and bore ahead with the plan. Either that or the dog was rabid, bit Gus and made Gus turn away from the money and create our club, which could explain a lot!! So the Mears, Gus and JT (see how deep those letters run in Chelsea-lore!!), and others retired to the local public house to decide on what this new team should be called. It clearly couldn't be Fulham as there was a ragamuffin squad already with that name in Craven Cottage a little way down the road. London FC was proposed (imagine that now, "One team called London, there's only one team called London") and quickly thrown out as was Kensington FC. Fortunately Stamford Bridge FC also fell by the wayside but the idea of naming ourselves for our neighbouring borough didn't stop at Kensington but led to the second part of the name Chelsea. The name was approved and the club was, in essence, born. So the Mears now had a stadium and a name but no coach, no players and most importantly no league to play in. A lot of work to do then. At this point it's necessary to understand the league structure and how it related to the infant Chelsea. The Football League was established in 1888 and consisted entirely of clubs from the North of England. In 1905 when Chelsea were formed, there was also a Southern league with some of our present day rivals and it was this league we applied to join first only to have our application rejected by the likes of Fulham and Tott*nham (who likely feared the competition for fans and trophies (yet another reason why we hate them). Bit of a setback so cue the (possibly rabid) Fred Pearson. He lobbied the Football League committee and they were in the process of forming a second division to accommodate a number of clubs who had interest in joining the Football League. Quite what he did was uncertain (maybe he threatened them with a rabid Scotch Terrier) but a short while later Chelsea were approved for entry into the Second Division. This marks the only time that a club has ever been admitted without the team having played a match. Imagine if this was 100 years hence - what would fans of other teams said then about us now!!! Oh and the famous Chelsea blue? Well you can thanks Lord Chelsea (no really, there was a Lord Chelsea - Henry Cadogan) for that. Rich folk then (as they do now) owned stables so they could compete in the Sport of Kings (otherwise known as Horse Racing) and their jockeys always had the same racing silks. In Lord Chelsea's case the racing silks were blue and so our identity was fully established.