List of Chelsea F.C. seasons

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This is a list of all seasons played by Chelsea Football Club in English and European football, from their inaugural season in 1905–06 to their last completed season (2012-13). It details their record in every major competition entered, as well as the top goalscorers for each season. Top scorers in bold were also the top scorers in the English league that season.

The club have won every major domestic honour, and have never been outside the top two divisions in English football. In total, Chelsea have won four League Championships (the First Division and its successor, the Premier League), seven FA Cups, four Football League Cups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League and two UEFA Cup Winners' Cups. The club have also won various minor honours, including four FA Community/Charity Shields, two Full Members Cups and one UEFA Super Cup.

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Promoted ↑ Relegated ↓ Top scorer in Chelsea's division

Seasons[edit]

Seasons of Chelsea F.C.
Season League FA
Cup
League
Cup
Other competitions Top goalscorer(s)[A]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos CS CL UC CW SC CWC FM Name Goals
1905–06 Div 2 38 22 9 7 90 37 53 3rd 3Q Frank Pearson
Jimmy Windridge
18
1906–07 Div 2 38 26 5 7 80 34 57 2nd R1 George Hilsdon 27
1907–08 Div 1 38 14 8 16 53 62 36 13th R2 30
1908–09 Div 1 38 14 9 15 56 61 37 11th R2 27
1909–10 Div 1 38 11 7 20 47 70 29 19th R2 Jimmy Windridge 6
1910–11 Div 2 38 20 9 9 71 35 49 3rd SF Bob Whittingham 34[C]
1911–12 Div 2 38 24 6 8 64 34 54 2nd R2 26
1912–13 Div 1 38 11 6 21 51 73 28 18th R2 12
1913–14 Div 1 38 16 7 15 46 55 39 8th R1 Harold Halse 10
1914–15 Div 1 38 8 13 17 51 65 29 19th[B] RU Bob Thomson 18
Competitive football was suspended during World War I. Chelsea played in the unofficial Football Combination until 1919.
1919–20 Div 1 42 22 5 15 56 51 49 3rd SF Jack Cock 24
1920–21 Div 1 42 13 13 16 48 58 38 18th QF 15
1921–22 Div 1 42 17 12 13 40 43 46 9th R1 13
1922–23 Div 1 42 9 18 15 45 53 36 19th R2 Harry Ford
Buchanan Sharp
10
1923–24 Div 1 42 9 14 19 31 53 32 21st R1 Andy Wilson 6
1924–25 Div 2 42 16 15 11 51 37 47 5th R1 William Whitton 16
1925–26 Div 2 42 19 14 9 76 49 52 3rd R4 Bob Turnbull 30
1926–27 Div 2 42 20 12 10 62 52 52 4th QF 23
1927–28 Div 2 42 23 8 11 75 45 54 3rd R3 James Thompson 25
1928–29 Div 2 42 17 10 15 64 65 44 9th R5 George Biswell
Andy Wilson
Jimmy Thompson
9
1929–30 Div 2 42 22 11 9 74 46 55 2nd R3 George Mills 14
1930–31 Div 1 42 15 10 17 64 67 40 12th QF Hughie Gallacher 14
1931–32 Div 1 42 16 8 18 69 73 40 12th SF 30
1932–33 Div 1 42 14 7 21 63 73 35 18th R3 19
1933–34 Div 1 42 14 8 20 67 69 36 19th R5 16
1934–35 Div 1 42 16 9 17 73 82 41 12th R3 Dick Spence 19
1935–36 Div 1 42 15 13 14 65 72 43 8th R5 Joe Bambrick 19
1936–37 Div 1 42 14 13 15 52 55 41 13th R4 George Mills 23
1937–38 Div 1 42 14 13 15 65 65 41 10th R3 13
1938–39 Div 1 42 12 9 21 64 80 33 20th QF Joe Payne 19
Competitive football was suspended during World War II. Chelsea played in unofficial Wartime Leagues until 1945.
1945–46 R5
1946–47 Div 1 42 16 7 19 69 84 39 15th R4 Tommy Lawton 30
1947–48 Div 1 42 14 9 19 53 71 37 18th R4 Ken Armstrong 13
1948–49 Div 1 42 12 14 16 69 68 38 13th R5 Roy Bentley 22
1949–50 Div 1 42 12 16 14 58 65 40 13th SF 22
1950–51 Div 1 42 12 8 22 53 65 32 20th R5 11
1951–52 Div 1 42 14 8 20 52 72 36 19th SF 17
1952–53 Div 1 42 12 11 19 56 66 35 19th R5 17
1953–54 Div 1 42 16 12 14 74 68 44 8th R3 21
1954–55 Div 1 42 20 12 10 81 57 52 1st R5 21
1955–56 Div 1 42 14 11 17 64 77 39 16th R5 W N/A[D] 16
1956–57 Div 1 42 13 13 16 73 73 39 13th R4 Johnny McNichol 11
1957–58 Div 1 42 15 12 15 83 79 42 11th R4 Jimmy Greaves 22
1958–59 Div 1 42 18 4 20 77 98 40 14th R4 QF 37[F]
1959–60 Div 1 42 14 9 19 76 91 37 18th R4 30
1960–61 Div 1 42 15 7 20 98 100 37 12th R3 R4[E] 43[G]
1961–62 Div 1 42 9 10 23 63 94 28 22nd R3 Bobby Tambling 22
1962-63 Div 2 42 24 4 14 81 42 52 2nd R5 37[H]
1963–64 Div 1 42 20 10 12 72 56 50 5th R4 R2 19
1964–65 Div 1 42 24 8 10 89 54 56 3rd SF W Barry Bridges 27
1965–66 Div 1 42 22 7 13 65 53 51 5th SF SF George Graham
Bobby Tambling
23
1966–67 Div 1 42 15 14 13 67 62 44 9th RU R3 Bobby Tambling 28
1967–68 Div 1 42 18 12 12 62 68 48 6th QF R2 Peter Osgood 17
1968–69 Div 1 42 20 10 12 73 53 50 5th QF R3 R2 Bobby Tambling 19
1969–70 Div 1 42 21 13 8 70 50 55 3rd W R4 Peter Osgood 31
1970–71 Div 1 42 18 15 9 52 42 51 6th R4 R4 RU W Keith Weller 14
1971–72 Div 1 42 18 12 12 58 49 48 7th R5 RU R2 Peter Osgood 31
1972–73 Div 1 42 13 14 15 49 51 40 12th QF SF 17
1973–74 Div 1 42 12 13 17 56 60 37 17th R3 R2 Tommy Baldwin 9
1974–75 Div 1 42 9 15 18 42 72 33 21st R4 R3 Ian Hutchinson 9
1975–76 Div 2 42 12 16 14 53 54 40 11th R5 R2 Ray Wilkins 12
1976–77 Div 2 42 21 13 8 73 53 55 2nd R3 R4 Steve Finnieston 26
1977–78 Div 1 42 11 14 17 46 69 36 16th R5 R2 Tommy Langley 13
1978–79 Div 1 42 5 10 27 44 92 20 22nd R3 R2 16
1979–80 Div 2 42 23 7 12 66 52 53 4th R3 R2 Mike Fillery
Clive Walker
13
1980–81 Div 2 42 14 12 16 46 41 40 12th R3 R2 Colin Lee 16
1981–82 Div 2 42 15 12 15 60 60 57 12th QF R3 Clive Walker 17
1982–83 Div 2 42 11 14 17 51 61 47 18th R4 R3 Mike Fillery 12
1983–84 Div 2 42 25 13 4 90 40 88 1st R3 R3 Kerry Dixon 34[I]
1984–85 Div 1 42 18 12 12 63 48 66 6th R4 SF 36[J]
1985–86 Div 1 42 20 11 11 57 56 71 6th R4 QF N/A W 23
1986–87 Div 1 42 13 13 16 53 64 52 14th R4 R3 N/A R4 12
1987–88 Div 1 40 9 15 16 50 68 42 18th[K] R4 R2 R3 Gordon Durie 20
1988–89 Div 2 46 29 12 5 96 50 99 1st R3 R2 R3 Kerry Dixon 28
1989–90 Div 1 38 16 12 10 58 50 60 5th R4 R2 W 25
1990–91 Div 1 38 13 10 15 58 69 49 11th R3 SF N/A R3 Kerry Dixon
Gordon Durie
15
1991–92 Div 1 42 13 14 15 50 60 53 14th QF R2 SF Dennis Wise 14
1992–93 Prem 42 14 14 14 51 54 56 11th R3 QF Mick Harford 11
1993–94 Prem 42 13 12 17 49 53 51 14th RU R3 Gavin Peacock
Mark Stein
14
1994–95 Prem 42 13 15 14 50 55 54 11th R4 R3 SF Paul Furlong
John Spencer
13
1995–96 Prem 38 12 14 12 46 44 50 11th SF R2 John Spencer 14
1996–97 Prem 38 16 11 11 58 55 59 6th W R3 Mark Hughes 14
1997–98 Prem 38 20 3 15 71 43 63 4th R3 W RU W Gianluca Vialli 19
1998–99 Prem 38 20 15 3 57 30 75 3rd QF QF SF W Gianfranco Zola 15
1999–2000 Prem 38 18 11 9 53 34 65 5th W R3 QF Tore André Flo 19
2000–01 Prem 38 17 10 11 68 45 61 6th R5 R3 W R1 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 26 [L]
2001–02 Prem 38 17 13 8 66 38 64 6th RU SF R2 29
2002–03 Prem 38 19 10 9 68 38 67 4th QF QF R1 Gianfranco Zola 16
2003–04 Prem 38 24 7 7 67 30 79 2nd R5 QF SF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 17
2004–05 Prem 38 29 8 1 72 15 95 1st R5 W SF Frank Lampard 19
2005–06 Prem 38 29 4 5 72 22 91 1st SF R3 W R16 20
2006–07 Prem 38 24 11 3 64 24 83 2nd W W RU SF Didier Drogba 33[M]
2007–08 Prem 38 25 10 3 65 26 85 2nd QF RU RU RU Frank Lampard 20
2008–09 Prem 38 25 8 5 68 24 83 3rd W R4 SF Nicolas Anelka 25[N]
2009–10 Prem 38 27 5 6 103 32 86 1st W QF W R16 Didier Drogba 37[O]
2010–11 Prem 38 21 8 9 69 33 71 2nd R4 R3 RU QF Nicolas Anelka 16
2011–12 Prem 38 18 10 10 65 46 64 6th W QF W Frank Lampard 16
2012–13 Prem 38 22 9 7 75 39 75 3rd SF SF RU GS W RU RU Fernando Torres 22
2013–14 Prem 38 25 7 6 71 27 82 3rd R5 QF SF RU Eden Hazard 17

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Competitive matches only. Includes all goals scored in the FA Premier League, Football League, FA Cup, Football League Cup, Full Members Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Charity/Community Shield.

B. ^ Chelsea ended the 1914-15 season in a relegation position, but when the league was expanded after the First World War the club was invited to rejoin the First Division.

C. ^ 31 goals in the Second Division.

D. ^ As English champions Chelsea qualified for the inaugural European Champions' Cup, but withdrew under pressure from the Football League, whose chairman Alan Hardaker felt priority should be given to domestic competitions.

E. ^ In the early years of the League Cup, some clubs opted not to participate. Chelsea withdrew from the competition in 1961-62, 1962-63 and 1965-66.

F. ^ 33 goals in the First Division

G. ^ 41 goals in the First Division

H. ^ 35 goals in the Second Division

I. ^ 28 goals in the Second Division

J. ^ 24 goals in the First Division; joint top scorer alongside Gary Lineker (Leicester City)

K. ^ Chelsea were relegated after losing a two legged play-off against Middlesbrough

L. ^ 23 goals in the Premier League

M. ^ 20 goals in the Premier League

N. ^ 19 goals in the Premier League

O. ^ 29 goals in the Premier League

References[edit]

  • Glanvill, Rick (2005). Chelsea FC: The Official Biography - The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years. Headline Book Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7553-1465-4. 
  • Hockings, Ron. 100 Years Of The Blues - A Statistical History Of Chelsea FC 1905-2006. 
  • soccerbase.com Chelsea statistics