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Saturday, February 17, 2007
The crest of Chelsea

Since the club's foundation, Chelsea has five main crests, and it is all variations. In 1905, Chelsea adopted as their first crest the image of a “Chelsea pensioner”, which obviously contributed to the "pensioner" nickname, and remained for the next half-century, though it never appeared on the shirts. When Ted Drake handled the club from 1952 onwards, he insisted that the pensioner badge be removed from the match day programmed in order to change the club's image and that a new crest be adopted. As a stop-gap, a temporary emblem comprising simply the initials C.F.C. was adopted for one year. In 1953, Chelsea's crest was changed to an upright blue lion looking backwards and holding a staff, which was to endure for the next three decades. This crest was based on elements in the coat of arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea with the "lion rampant regard ant" taken from the arms of then club president Viscount Chelsea and the staff from the Abbots of Westminster, former Lords of the Manor of Chelsea. This was also the first club badge to appear on shirts

Since the policy of putting the crest on the shirts was only adopted in the early 1960s.In 1986, with new owners now at the club, Chelsea's crest was changed again as part of another attempt to analyze and to capitalize on new marketing opportunities. The new badge featured a more naturalistic non-heraldic lion, yellow and not blue, standing over the C.F.C. initials. It lasted for the next 19 years, with some modifications such as the use of different colors. With new ownership, and the club's centenary approaching, combined with demands from fans for the club's traditional badge to be restored, it was decided that the crest should be changed again in 2004. The new crest was officially adopted for the start of the 2005-06 seasons and marks a return to the older design of the blue heraldic lion holding a staff. Currently the crest had returned to the old one with the lion looking backward and holding the staff but it is more realistic and profitable display.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007
The home of Stamford bridge

Chelsea has only one home ground, Stamford Bridge, where they have played since the foundation of the club. It was officially opened on 28 April 1877.It was used almost exclusively by the London Athletics Club for the first 28 years as an arena for athletics meetings and not at all for football. In 1904 the ground was acquired by businessman Gus Mears and his brother, J T Mears, who had previously acquired additional land (formerly a large market garden) with the aim of staging football matches on the now 12.5 acre (51,000 m²) site.

Stamford Bridge has an original capacity of around 100,000 and was largely open with one huge three tiered stand, the East Stand, being at one side of the pitch and this stand, opened in 1973, has been retained and the developers have taken advantage of the fact that the 'old' Stamford Bridge was oval shaped and stretched the new stands right around the ground filling the corners, so that the ground is totally enclosed. The team dug outs are located on this side of the stadium.

Both ends are two tiered, with the North Stand now renamed the Matthew Harding Stand in memory of the man who did so much to transform the club. Below the roof of the Shed End, is a Police Control Box, which keeps a look out over proceedings. The new West Stand is a superb three tiered affair having a row of executive boxes running across its middle, the type of which you are able to sit outside. Its roof is virtually transparent, allowing more light to reach the pitch and gives it a unique look.

The record holder for Stamford Bridge regarding to the attendance is 82,905 during the match between Chelsea and Arsenal for division on October 12, 1935
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