Chelsea Football Club
CHELSEA have played at Stamford Bridge ever since the Club was formed in 1905, although the stadium was originally intended for Fulham but they rejected the chance to play there. Between it being built in 1877 and Chelsea moving in, it was used primarily as an athletics venue. Its current capacity is 41,837.
Away fans have been seated in the Shed End (South Stand) of the ground since 2005. It has a capacity of 6,831, with 3,000 seats usually allocated for visiting supporters. The other stands are the Matthew Harding Stand (10,884), the East Stand (10,925) and the West Stand (13,500).
The ground also houses a football museum, with memorabilia and artefacts from Chelsea’s 107-year history, including the Champions League and FA Cup trophies from last season. It is the largest museum of its kind in the capital.
Game to Remember:
Well, maybe one to forget for Potters fans, but the most recent Stamford Bridge fixture that sticks in the memory between the two sides is Chelsea’s 7-0 win back in April 2010.
Manager Tony Pulis admitted that his side got ‘their backsides slapped’ by the Premier League Champions-in-waiting as a Salomon Kalou netted a hat-trick, Frank Lampard bagged two Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda grabbed one apiece.
Stoke City XI: Sorensen; Delap, Higginbotham, Faye, Huth, Collins; Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington; Fuller, Kitson. Substitutes: Begovic, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Lawrence, Pugh, Tuncay, Beattie.
A Foot in Both Camps:
Forward Mark Stein had a hugely successful spell with Stoke City in the early 90s, playing 89 times in the league and scoring at a rate of more than one every two games, scoring 52.
After Lou Macari vacated the manager’s post at the Victoria Ground to move to Celtic, Stein upped sticks to Chelsea and was equally as effective there, where he netted 21 times in 50 league games, including a run of scoring in seven consecutive matches.
He had other significant spells in his career at Oxford United, Bournemouth and Dagenham and Redbridge, before retiring in 2004. He is currently physiotherapist at League One Crawley Town.
On leaving the Britannia Stadium, take the A50 before merging onto the A500 westbound.
After two miles, go over the roundabout and join the M6 southbound.
After 71 miles, merge onto the M1 southbound.
After 75 miles, take the second exit at the roundabout before continuing onto the North Circular Road/A406.
After one mile, exit onto the A4088 towards Neasden.
At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Neasden Lane/B453.
Turn left to stay on Neasden Lane, and then at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto High Road/A407.
Continue onto Craven Park, before turning right onto Manor Park Road.
Turn right onto Scrubs Lane, go through one roundabout and then after just over one mile turn left onto the A40 ramp to Central London/Oxford/Wembley/Ealing.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto W Cross Route/A3220 and go through one roundabout.
After two miles, turn left onto Pembroke Road, then after one mile turn onto Fulham Road/A308.
Take the next two right turns, following Fulham Road, and the ground will be on your left.
There is no allocated parking for visiting supporters at the ground, and space is limited in the immediate area due to local residence restrictions.
A number of London Underground stations have Pay & Display car-parks.
159 miles. Journey time – 2 hours, 47 minutes. For the Sat Nav: SW6 1HS
The closest London Underground station to the ground is Fulham Broadway, which is on the District Line. The ground is signposted clearly for pedestrians from the station.
The closest Overground station is West Brompton, which is served by trains from Clapham Junction. Clapham Junction is served by trains from Waterloo and Victoria. Stamford Bridge is around a 15 minute walk from West Brompton station.
The majority of Chelsea games are broadcast live on BBC Radio London 94.9.