West London derby

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West London derby
Locations of the four clubs in the London boroughs of Hounslow (left) and Hammersmith and Fulham (right).
LocationWest London
  •  1  Brentford
  •  2  Chelsea
  •  3  Fulham
  •  4  Queens Park Rangers
First meeting
Latest meeting
Meetings total320
Most winsChelsea (77)
Largest victory

The West London derby is the name given to a football derby played between any two of Brentford, Chelsea, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, all of whom are situated within West London.

This particular derby is less prominent than other such derbies in English football, owing to the teams frequently being in separate divisions. Chelsea did not face Fulham between 1986 and 2001, and have played Brentford only seven times since 1950. QPR did not face Brentford between 1966 and 2001, and did not play Chelsea between 1996 and 2008. The derby's most common match, Chelsea vs Fulham, has taken place 82 times. By contrast, the North London derby has been contested almost 200 times, and the Merseyside derby over 230 times. The 2011–12 season campaign was the first instance of three of the west London clubs competing in the top flight in the same season: Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Fulham. This happened for a second time in the 2022–23 season, with Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham appearing in the top flight.

According to the 2012 Football Rivalries Survey, Fulham regard Chelsea as their main rivals, QPR as their secondary rivals and then Brentford third. QPR fans identified Chelsea as their main rivals, Fulham second, Cardiff City third, Brentford and Stoke City joint fourth. Brentford fans chose Fulham as their main rivals, QPR as their secondary rivals and Chelsea as their third. Chelsea fans did not list any of the West London sides, instead selecting Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.[2]


Brentford vs Chelsea derby[edit]

There is very little rivalry between Brentford and Chelsea, mainly due to the fact that they have been in different divisions for over 60 years. The only time that the two clubs ever shared a division was in the old First Division between 1935 and 1947, but despite the fact that both clubs are local to each other, it was never seen as a big rivalry to either side, as Chelsea had been in the Football League for a longer period of time than Brentford and had stronger rivalries with the likes of West Ham United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, whereas Brentford's main rivals are Fulham and QPR. Also Brentford developed a bigger sporting rivalry with Arsenal during the 1930s as both clubs vied for the title of being London's number one club.

The only bad feeling between the clubs was soon after Chelsea's foundation and admission into the Football League in 1905, the other West London clubs, including Brentford, lost many supporters and potential supporters to the only professional Football League club in the area. Other than that, Brentford and Chelsea have always had fairly good relations, even amongst supporters. In fact, during the 1970s many Chelsea fans would come down to Griffin Park if their club were playing away. Chelsea reserves played their games at Griffin Park, and occasionally a pre season friendly is staged between the two clubs.

Brentford and Chelsea met for the first time since 1950 on 27 January 2013 in an FA Cup fourth round tie at Griffin Park which ended in a 2–2 draw. Chelsea won the replay on 17 February 2013 at Stamford Bridge 4–0.

With Brentford gaining promotion to the Premier League for the 2021–22 season, the first time in 74 years, and Fulham's relegation the previous season, this was the only West London derby in the Premier League for the season. The first game was hosted at The Bees' new Brentford Community Stadium on 16 October 2021, which Chelsea won 1–0. Brentford won the return fixture at Stamford Bridge 4–1, with goals including a brace from Vitaly Janelt and Christian Eriksen's first goal for Brentford.

Their latest meeting was on 28 October 2023 when Brentford won 2–0 at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League match. Brentford finished the 2022–23 season above Chelsea in the league table for the first time since 1939, with a ninth place finish compared to Chelsea's 12th.

Brentford vs Fulham derby[edit]

Fulham and Brentford have competed at the same level for a few periods in their history with the rivalry being fiercest during Fulham's descent to the lower leagues in the 1980s and early 90's. The two teams frequently competed between the 1920s and the 1950s in the Football League's various divisions. These games always drew bumper crowds and often caused tension on the pitch and the terraces. However, Fulham's fortunes on the pitch changed and they went on to play in the upper leagues for several decades until the two sides were to meet regularly again from 1980 onwards, a time when the rivalry was most heated. Fulham later went on to win the London Derby cup.

The two clubs spent a majority of seasons in the same division until the 1997–98 Division Two campaign, which ended with Brentford suffering relegation to Division Three. Despite Brentford's promotion straight back to Division Two as Division Three champions in the 1998–99 season, Fulham were crowned Division Two champions and ascended to the Premier League as Division One champions in 2001.

The 2014–15 Football League Championship season brought Brentford and Fulham together in the same division for the first time since 1998, following Brentford's promotion from League One and Fulham's relegation from the Premier League.

Prior to meeting in the league, the two sides were drawn together in the League Cup second round on 26 August 2014, with Fulham winning 1–0 at Griffin Park.[3] It was the clubs' first meeting in any competitive fixture since a 2–0 league victory to Fulham on 11 April 1998.[4]

On August 4, 2020, Fulham would win promotion to the English Premier League defeating Brentford at an empty-on-account-of-Covid Wembley Stadium. The Championship Match of the English Football League Playoffs would go to extra-time with Fulham narrowly winning by a score of 2-1. Fulham's Joe Bryan scored a remarkable free kick from near 40 yards out; catching Brentford's goalkeeper, David Raya, out of position in the 105th minute. Bryan would go on to score another goal in the 117th minute. Brentford netted a consolation in the 120th through Henrik Dalsgaard.

In March 2023 the rivalry was said by the BBC to be "growing".[5]

Brentford vs QPR derby[edit]

As with Fulham, Brentford and QPR played each other frequently in local cup competitions and leagues from the foundation of both clubs. In 1920, the Football League absorbed many clubs from the Southern Football League, including Brentford and QPR, who competed in the old Third Division (South) regularly in the 1920s, until Brentford's rise up the leagues in the 1930s. After the Second World War, they spent practically every season in the same division for the next 20 years. At the time, the fixture was each side's biggest game of the season and always attracted a big crowd. However, in 1966, despite an opening day 6–1 thrashing of their local rivals, Brentford were ultimately relegated whilst QPR were promoted and went on to enjoy many seasons in the upper leagues.

However, the bad feeling between the clubs runs deeper than just locality. In 1967, QPR attempted a takeover of Brentford, which would have resulted in QPR moving into Griffin Park and Brentford F.C. ceasing to exist. The story infamously broke in the London press but Brentford supporters rallied to save their club. Since then, relations between the clubs have been frosty. The rivalry resumed in 2001 and continued for several seasons until Rangers were promoted. During this time, the rivalry was intensified by Brentford player Martin Rowlands leaving to join QPR. He then went on to kiss his badge on several occasions in front of the Brentford support when the two sides met in 2003 at Loftus Road.

The most recent meeting between Brentford and Queens Park Rangers was in 2021, with QPR winning 2–1 at Loftus Road on 17 February 2021.

Chelsea vs Fulham derby[edit]

Few English football teams are as geographically close as neighbours as Fulham and Chelsea. This satellite image of West London shows Fulham's Craven Cottage (circled in white) and Chelsea's Stamford Bridge (blue), just 2.2 km apart. QPR's Loftus Road ground is also shown to the north (blue edged in white). Brentford's ground is just beyond the left (west) of the satellite image, above the bend in the River Thames.

In contrast to many rivalries in English football, such as the North London derby and the Merseyside derby, Chelsea and Fulham have spent much of their existence in separate divisions – between 1968 and 2001, the two were in the same division only five times – and have rarely been rivals for the major honours or played in many high-profile matches. This has greatly limited the scope for it to develop and actually served to weaken it.

In 1904, businessman Gus Mears approached the Fulham chairman Henry Norris about moving the club from their Craven Cottage home to the nearby Stamford Bridge Athletics Ground on the Fulham Road, which he had recently acquired. Norris declined following a dispute over the rent; as a result, Mears formed his own club to occupy the ground, Chelsea. Fulham thus had an indirect role in Chelsea's foundation. It also ensured that, despite Chelsea's name, there were two clubs in the Fulham Borough.[6] The geographical proximity of the teams is the basis for the rivalry, rather than religious or political reasons, as with other derbies.

The first competitive match between the sides took place on 3 December 1910 in the Second Division, with a crowd of 35,000 at Craven Cottage watching Fulham win 1–0. The peak of the rivalry was arguably during the inter-war years and just after, when matches between the sides were always among the most popular (and most highly attended) on the fixture calendar. While both clubs were largely unsuccessful until the 1960s, they have since drifted apart and the significance of matches between them has correspondingly declined. Chelsea enjoyed successful spells during the 1960s and 1970s, and again from the mid-1990s to the present day, while Fulham spent much of that period in the lower divisions of the Football League. As a caveat to that, when Chelsea and Fulham did meet in league games in the 1970s and 1980s, the attendances were always among the highest for the season, with the lack of regular matches often making the derby more eagerly anticipated.

The reduced number of encounters saw Chelsea fans develop rivalries with other teams, notably Leeds United, other London clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Fulham also formed rivalries with other teams from London like Brentford and QPR. All these reduced the prominence of the West London Derby. That is less true for Fulham fans, with the fact that their nearest neighbours have been more successful ensuring that matches against Chelsea retain a David vs Goliath factor. Fulham returned to the top division in 2001, putting the clubs in the same division for the first time since 1983–84.

On 19 March 2006, Fulham beat Chelsea 1–0 for the first time in 27 years with a goal from Luis Boa Morte. The match was marred by controversy and crowd trouble and has arguably rekindled the derby somewhat. Chelsea gained revenge for this defeat on 23 September with a 2–0 win at Craven Cottage, in which Frank Lampard struck twice. Thankfully, there was little trouble before and after the game, due to appeals for calm from managers and players of both clubs and a much higher than normal police presence, to deter fans from entering the pitch after the game. Two of the last games to be played at Stamford Bridge have both been close contests. On 30 December 2006, they played out a 2–2 draw, with Carlos Bocanegra getting a late equaliser for Fulham (earlier in the match Moritz Volz had scored the 15,000th goal in Premier League history. On 29 September 2007, they settled for a 0–0 draw. This draw was Avram Grant's first West London derby in charge of Chelsea and the same for Lawrie Sanchez of Fulham. During the 2008–09 season, Chelsea defeated Fulham 3–1 under Guus Hiddink, with goals from Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba, with Anelka's goal coming after just 51 seconds. In the 2009–10 season, Chelsea defeated Fulham at Craven Cottage with a 2–0 win, thanks to goals from Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. The win was Carlo Ancelotti's first London derby. In the 2011–12 season, both teams drew their home and away fixtures. In the 2012–13 season, both sides played out a 0–0 draw at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won the reverse fixture 3–0 away at Craven Cottage. Chelsea won the home clash 2–0 with goals from Oscar and Mikel John Obi on 21 September 2013. On 1 March 2013, Chelsea won 3–1 at Craven Cottage with André Schürrle netting a hat-trick for Chelsea. Fulham finished in 19th place at the end of the 2013–14 Premier League season and were relegated to the Football League Championship for the 2014–15 season, meaning that the two sides would sit in different divisions again after 13 years in the same division.

Their latest result was on 13 January 2024 when Chelsea beat Fulham 1–0 at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League match.

Chelsea vs QPR derby[edit]

Despite QPR being members of the Football League since 1920, the two sides did not meet in a competitive match until 1968–69, when Rangers made their debut in the First Division. Overall, Chelsea do not consider QPR rivals due to the size difference of the two clubs. Their first match took place on 14 September 1968; Chelsea won 4–0. Since then, the sides have met a further 45 times, making it the most common West London derby since the 1960s. The clubs developed a rivalry in the 1960s and 1970s when both were playing top-flight football and competing to be among London's top sides, with Chelsea winning the FA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and League Cup, and Rangers winning the League Cup and finishing as league runners-up by a single point.

Many QPR fans' favourite game against Chelsea was a 6–0 victory on Easter Monday in 1986.[7] Chelsea were second in the league table at the time, and the result all but ended their title challenge. During this period, the clubs were relatively evenly matched, although Chelsea were always considered the bigger club, with both occasionally dropping into the Second Division in the late 1970s and early 1980s, so they met in almost every season. The teams met in a competitive match for the first time since 1996, when drawn to face each other in the FA Cup 3rd Round on 5 January 2008.[8] Chelsea won 1–0 thanks to a first-half own goal by Lee Camp.[9]

In recent times, Chelsea have become one of the dominant forces in the English game, whereas QPR were in the second tier of English football for many years. The links between the two clubs have been maintained through numerous on-loan players; two of Chelsea's best youth team players joined QPR on loan for the 2006–07 season. These players were Jimmy Smith and Michael Mancienne.[10] Mancienne renewed his loan for the 2007–08 season.

QPR and Chelsea have competed in two pre-season friendlies since the turn of the century. The most recent was in 2003 when Chelsea thrashed a QPR Legends XI 7–0. On 28 July 2001, QPR stunned the £50 million Chelsea line-up by beating them 3–1. Jesper Grønkjær gave Chelsea a first-half lead, but QPR got an equaliser from Leroy Griffiths and then took lead from a long range effort by Karl Connolly. QPR confirmed the win when Gavin Peacock, also a former Chelsea player, scored late on.[11][12]

Mirroring Chelsea's purchase by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, QPR have received investment from Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal. The fact that the Mittal family, who own a 20% stake in the club, are reputed to be five times as rich as Abramovich has seen QPR fans dub themselves the world's richest club.

On 30 August 2009, Chelsea were drawn against QPR in the third round of the 2009–10 Football League Cup,[13] which saw Chelsea win the game 1–0 thanks to a goal from Salomon Kalou.

On 23 October 2011, Chelsea lost 1–0 to a newly promoted QPR in the first Premier League match between the sides since 1996. In a feisty encounter players clashed on several occasions, with nine Chelsea players and two QPR booked, with Chelsea's José Bosingwa and Didier Drogba being sent off. Heiðar Helguson scored the only goal of the match through a penalty. Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas was later charged by the FA for criticizing the performance of the referee Chris Foy, as he believed many of the big decisions made were incorrect. Chelsea were fined £20,000 by the FA for not controlling their players, who picked up a record number of bookings in a single match in the Premier League era, and their manager was fined £12,000 for his comments on the referee in addition to being cautioned for future conduct. In the aftermath of the match, a video was posted on YouTube showing Chelsea and England captain John Terry allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, for which he has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.[14] Chelsea then drew QPR again in the FA Cup, winning 1–0 at Loftus Road thanks to a Juan Mata penalty.

On 29 April 2012, Chelsea exacted revenge on QPR in the reverse league fixture with a ruthless 6–1 victory, with four goals being scored in a nightmare opening 25 minutes for Rangers. Fernando Torres became the first player in over 20 years to score a hat-trick in this West London Derby. It was QPR, however, who had the last laugh. After holding Chelsea to a 0–0 draw at Loftus Road on 15 September 2012, they went on to beat Chelsea 1–0 in the reverse fixture on 2 January 2013 at Stamford Bridge, with the goal coming from former Chelsea player Shaun Wright-Phillips, ending a 30-year wait for a win at the Bridge for Rangers. QPR finished the 2012–13 Premier League season in last place, however, and were relegated to the Championship. They were promoted to the Premier League again for the 2014–15 season after winning the 2014 Football League Championship play-off final 1–0 against Derby County at Wembley Stadium on 24 May 2014. On 12 April 2015, Chelsea beat QPR 0–1 with Cesc Fàbregas scoring the goal in the 88th minute. This sent Chelsea seven points clear at the top of the table ahead of Arsenal. QPR remained in the relegation zone, two points away from safety.

Fulham vs QPR derby[edit]

The origins of a rivalry between Fulham and QPR date back before Chelsea were formed. In 1892 the two teams met at Kensal Rise to play in the West London Cup Final. QPR were 3–2 victors and won their first piece of silverware.[15] For the next few seasons QPR continued to win the cup, whilst Fulham won The West London League. In recent times, however, QPR and Fulham derbies are not common as both teams have been in different divisions for all but two seasons since the Premier League first started in 1992. As two very similar clubs in size, history and fan base, derbies, are at times, fiercer and more competitive than those against Chelsea, sometimes leading to cases of crowd trouble such as a riot between the two sets of fans in 1999.

From 2002 until 2004, QPR and Fulham were closer than they had ever been when the two clubs shared Loftus Road while Craven Cottage was being redeveloped. This added extra spice to a derby had they drawn each other in the cup, especially had QPR been the away team at their own ground.

The matches during the 2000–01 season both ended up being 2–0 to Fulham. The game at Loftus Road saw Richard Langley and Clarke Carlisle – two of QPR's best players – seriously injured in the game and both were out for 18 months with cruciate ligament injuries; this was vital for QPR's descent into the third tier for the first time in 34 years.[16]

QPR were promoted to the Premier League for the 2011–12 season, meaning the derby would take place for the first time in over ten years and in the Premier League for the first time. The first match finished in a 6–0 victory for Fulham, with Andy Johnson bagging a hat-trick.[17]

The return fixture between the two sides is sure to ignite the rivalry as QPR have recently come under the managerial guidance of Mark Hughes, who was the manager of Fulham the previous season and left under controversial circumstances, citing the clubs' lack of ambition and stature as his reasons. With a last-minute controversial switch by Bobby Zamora to the Hoops, at the end of the January transfer window, Fulham's first return to their former temporary ground was a spicy affair. Samba Diakité was sent off in the first half, and Zamora's replacement, Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the only goal of the game, meaning Fulham had done the double over QPR in the league.[18] The following season, Rangers were on a dismal run of form without a win in seventeen games and looking certain for relegation. When the two side met on 15 December 2012 at Loftus Road, it was Adel Taarabt who took the Hoops to their first win of the season over their bitter rivals in a strong 2–1 victory. Fulham won the reverse fixture 3–2 when the two sides met on 1 April 2013 at Craven Cottage. In 2015–16, the clubs met once more in the Championship, and Fulham convincingly won both fixtures, in both cases being 3–0 up before half-time.

In the 2019–20 season, the two teams played the same division again since Fulham were relegated after finishing 19th in the Premier League. However, at the end of the season, Fulham were promoted back to the Premier League after finishing 4th in the table and winning the EFL Championship play-off final.

Their latest meeting was a 2–0 victory for Fulham at Loftus Road on 2 April 2022 in a Championship match.


Aggregated results[edit]

As of 4 May 2024
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Win %
Brentford 137 45 42 50 188 180 032.85
Chelsea 147 73 44 30 212 150 049.66
Fulham 167 45 45 77 187 241 026.95
QPR 145 47 45 53 183 199 032.41
Total 596 210 176 210 770 770

Brentford vs Chelsea[edit]

Competition Played Brentford wins Draws Chelsea wins Brentford goals Chelsea goals
League 16 7 3 6 23 18
FA Cup 4 0 1 3 2 11
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 2
Total 21 7 4 10 25 31
List of matches
# Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance H2H
1 1935–36 23 November 1935 First Division Stamford Bridge Chelsea 2–1 Brentford 56,624 +1
2 28 March 1936 Griffin Park Brentford 2–1 Chelsea 33,486 0
3 1936–37 12 December 1936 First Division Stamford Bridge Chelsea 2–1 Brentford 51,079 +1
4 17 April 1937 Griffin Park Brentford 1–0 Chelsea 22,042 0
5 1937–38 23 October 1937 First Division Stamford Bridge Chelsea 2–1 Brentford 56,810 +1
6 9 March 1938 Griffin Park Brentford 1–1 Chelsea 20,401 +1
7 1938–39 22 October 1938 First Division Griffin Park Brentford 1–0 Chelsea 31,425 0
8 25 February 1939 Stamford Bridge Chelsea 1–3 Brentford 33,511 +1
9 1946–47 9 November 1946 First Division Stamford Bridge Chelsea 3–2 Brentford 50,242 0
10 15 March 1947 Griffin Park Brentford 0–2 Chelsea 33,498 +1
11 1949–50 7 January 1950 FA Cup Griffin Park Brentford 0–1 Chelsea 38,000 +2
12 2012–13 27 January 2013 FA Cup Griffin Park Brentford 2–2 Chelsea 12,146 +2
13 17 February 2013 Stamford Bridge Chelsea 4–0 Brentford 40,961 +3
14 2016–17 28 January 2017 FA Cup Stamford Bridge Chelsea 4–0 Brentford 41,042 +4
15 2021–22 16 October 2021 Premier League Brentford Community Stadium Brentford 0–1 Chelsea 16,940 +5
16 22 December 2021 League Cup Brentford Community Stadium Brentford 0–2 Chelsea 16,577 +6
17 2 April 2022 Premier League Stamford Bridge Chelsea 1–4 Brentford 39,061 +5
18 2022–23 19 October 2022 Premier League Brentford Community Stadium Brentford 0–0 Chelsea 17,118 +5
19 26 April 2023 Stamford Bridge Chelsea 0–2 Brentford 39,929 +4
20 2023–24 28 October 2023 Premier League Stamford Bridge Chelsea 0–2 Brentford 39,575 +3
21 2 March 2024 Brentford Community Stadium Brentford 2–2 Chelsea 17,140 +3

Brentford vs Fulham[edit]

Competition Played Brentford wins Draws Fulham wins Brentford goals Fulham goals
League 57 19 16 19 62 59
FA Cup 2 1 0 1 3 2
League Cup 6 4 1 1 10 3
Football League Trophy 3 1 1 1 3 2
EFL play-offs 1 0 0 1 1 2
Total 69 25 18 23 79 68
Last two results
Venue Date Competition Brentford Fulham
Brentford Community Stadium 4 May 2024 Premier League 0 0
Craven Cottage 19 August 2023 3 0

Brentford vs QPR[edit]

Competition Played Brentford wins Draws QPR wins Brentford goals QPR goals
League 78 30 24 24 106 94
FA Cup 3 2 1 0 6 2
League Cup 1 1 0 0 4 1
Total 82 33 25 24 116 97
Last two results
Venue Date Competition Brentford QPR
Loftus Road 17 February 2021 Championship 1 2
Brentford Community Stadium 27 November 2020 Championship 2 1

Chelsea vs Fulham[edit]

Competition Played Chelsea wins Draws Fulham wins Chelsea goals Fulham goals
League 78 47 23 8 127 64
FA Cup 6 2 2 2 7 7
League Cup 4 2 2 0 4 2
Total 88 51 27 10 138 73
Last two results
Venue Date Competition Chelsea Fulham
Stamford Bridge 13 January 2024 Premier League 1 0
Craven Cottage 2 October 2023 Premier League 2 0

Chelsea vs QPR[edit]

Competition Played Chelsea wins Draws QPR wins Chelsea Goals QPR goals
League 44 15 16 13 58 56
FA Cup 6 4 1 1 8 4
League Cup 3 1 1 1 2 3
Total 53 20 18 15 68 63
Last two results
Venue Date Competition Chelsea QPR
Loftus Road 12 April 2015 Premier League 1 0
Stamford Bridge 1 November 2014 Premier League 2 1

Fulham vs QPR[edit]

Competition Played Fulham wins Draws QPR wins Fulham goals QPR goals
League 36 16 6 14 57 43
FA Cup 5 4 1 0 8 2
League Cup 1 1 0 0 2 0
Total 42 21 7 14 67 45
Last two results
Venue Date Competition Fulham QPR
Loftus Road 2 April 2022 Championship 2 0
Craven Cottage 16 October 2021 Championship 4 1

Notable matches[edit]

  • QPR 3–2 Fulham (1892) – The West London Cup Final at Kensal Rise saw League winners Fulham take on the emerging QPR. Fulham were favourites, but QPR were not to be underestimated.[citation needed] They were just beginning to establish themselves as one of West London's top sides. Fulham had firmly established themselves as the best team in the area, because they had won the West London League for two years running. Fulham raced into a 2–0 lead and held it at half-time. QPR somehow managed to pull it back and won their first piece of silverware.
  • Brentford 6–1 QPR (21 August 1965) – Brentford stormed to an opening day win at Griffin Park, but fortunes for both clubs changed shortly after. It was the last meeting between the two sides at Griffin Park for 35 years in a season which resulted in the relegation of Brentford. In early 1967, QPR attempted and failed to take over Brentford and Griffin Park, which would have resulted in the closure of Brentford FC.
  • QPR 2–4 Chelsea (21 February 1970) – In 1970, Chelsea and QPR were drawn to face each other in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Chelsea's Alan Hudson described it as a "fantastic draw", owing to the rivalry between the two clubs.[citation needed] QPR fielded two former Chelsea players, Terry Venables and Barry Bridges, as well as their star striker, Rodney Marsh. In an entertaining match, despite the poor pitch, Chelsea were 2–0 up within eight minutes thanks to Peter Osgood and David Webb, before a twice-taken Venables penalty put Rangers back in contention. Osgood scored twice more to complete his hat-trick and put the result beyond doubt before Bridges grabbed a late consolation. Chelsea went on to win the cup that season.[19]
  • QPR 6–0 Chelsea (31 March 1986) – Chelsea had been title challengers for most of the season, but went into the match having lost 4–0 to West Ham United two days previously; this result all but ended their title challenge. Rangers striker Gary Bannister grabbed a hat-trick and fellow striker John Byrne scored twice to secure their biggest win over Chelsea. Towards the end of the game Chelsea's David Speedie was sent off for punching.
  • Brentford 4–0 Fulham (26 April 1992) – In a Sunday morning fixture, Brentford secured promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1954. Brentford raced into a four-goal lead by half time, including two goals in a minute.
  • Chelsea 1–0 Fulham (14 April 2002) – The most important match between the clubs in recent years, an FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park. Newly promoted Fulham went into the match as underdogs, and were trying to reach their first final since 1975. By contrast, Chelsea were aiming for their third final in six seasons. John Terry scored the only goal with a deflected shot just before half-time.
  • QPR 1–0 Brentford (11 November 2003) – A match steeped in controversy as throughout the game ex-Bee Martin Rowlands goaded the Brentford fans and at full-time, instead of celebrating with the home fans, he and several other QPR players walked over to the away end and goaded the Brentford fans.[20]
  • Fulham 1–0 Chelsea (19 March 2006) – Fulham secured their first win over Chelsea since 1979 with a goal from Luís Boa Morte in a heated and controversial match. Champions-elect Chelsea had a Didier Drogba goal disallowed for a handball and William Gallas sent off, with the latter incident sparking a mass brawl. After the final whistle, both sets of fans invaded the pitch, which led to some clashes and arrests.
  • Fulham 6–0 QPR (2 October 2011) – The first competitive match between the two teams in a decade, and the first in the top flight. An Andy Johnson hat-trick, goals from Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora, and a Danny Murphy penalty annihilated Rangers. Adel Taarabt, who had been replaced at half-time, was seen waiting for a bus in Fulham Palace Road during the second half.[citation needed]
  • QPR 1–0 Chelsea (23 October 2011) – QPR secured a first victory over Chelsea since 1995, courtesy of an early Heiðar Helguson penalty. Chelsea were down to nine men inside 40 minutes after José Bosingwa and Didier Drogba were both sent off, for denying a goalscoring opportunity and a reckless tackle respectively. Chelsea's captain John Terry was accused of racially abusing the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during the match, for which he win stood trial in July 2012, being found not guilty. As a result of these allegations, Terry was stripped of the England captaincy by the FA. England's manager Fabio Capello resigned in protest against Terry's sacking.
  • Chelsea 6–1 QPR (29 April 2012) – Chelsea avenged their previous 1–0 league defeat to QPR, with Fernando Torres scoring his first hat-trick for the club.
  • Chelsea 0–1 QPR (2 January 2013) – QPR secured their first win at Stamford Bridge since March 1979 thanks to a 78th-minute winner from Shaun Wright-Phillips. Chelsea went into the game in fourth place after a four-match winning run, while QPR where bottom with just 10 points from 20 games, eight points from safety and without an away win in the league since November 2011.
  • Brentford 2–2 Chelsea (27 January 2013) – In the first game between Chelsea and Brentford since 1950, Brentford shocked Chelsea in an FA Cup tie at Griffin Park, twice going ahead through goals from Marcello Trotta and Harry Forrester. Oscar, however, first levelled before Fernando Torres secured a replay at Stamford Bridge with an equaliser seven minutes from time.[21] Chelsea won the replay 4–0.
  • Brentford 0–1 Fulham (26 August 2014) – In the first game between Fulham and Brentford since 1998, Fulham's under-pressure manager Felix Magath secured a win in the League Cup. The only goal of the game came from Ross McCormack.[22]
  • Fulham 0–2 Brentford (20 June 2020) – In the first Championship game after the break in the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brentford scored two late goals to move within a point of Fulham, starting a long winning run. The two teams finished level on points and battled for promotion at Wembley.
  • Brentford 1–2 Fulham (aet) (4 August 2020) – An empty Wembley Stadium hosted the Championship Play-Off Final. Fulham won promotion to the Premier League for the 2020-21 season. All the goals came from extra time: first two from Fulham, both from Joe Bryan, before Brentford scored a consolation through Henrik Dalsgaard.
  • Chelsea 1–4 Brentford (2 April 2022) – In the third match between the clubs in the 2021−22 season, with the previous two being Chelsea victories, Brentford pulled off a shocking victory at Stamford Bridge. After an uneventful first half, Chelsea's centre-back Antonio Rüdiger opened the scoring with a stunning strike from distance. Brentford responded with four unanswered goals by Vitaly Janelt (2), Christian Eriksen and Yoane Wissa. It was Brentford’s first win against Chelsea since 1939.
  • Fulham 3–2 Brentford (20 August 2022) – Fulham met Brentford in the top flight of English football for the first time. Fulham's Bobby Decordova-Reid scoring after just 44 seconds and they doubled their lead after 20 minutes through a Joao Palhinha header from a corner. Brentford pegged Fulham back with a Christian Norgaard volley from a corner two minutes before half time. after having two goals disallowed, Ivan Toney equalised for Brentford after 71 minutes, but Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a 90th minute winner with a header at the back post. This was Fulham's first win in a top flight London derby for 25 matches, since they beat West Ham United at Craven Cottage in 2014.
  • Fulham 2–1 Chelsea (12 January 2023) – This was the first time that Fulham had beaten Chelsea since 2006. Former Chelsea player Willian opened the scoring in the 25th minute, before Kalidou Koulibaly scored an equaliser at the start of the second half. In the 73rd minute Carlos Vinícius scored the winner for the home side.

Crossing the divide[edit]

A list of players who have played for or managed at least two out of Brentford, Chelsea, Fulham and QPR.

Brentford and QPR[edit]

Brentford and Fulham[edit]

Brentford and Chelsea[edit]

Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham

  • Jimmy Bowie – first Chelsea, then Fulham, then Brentford and later returned to Fulham.
  • Peter Buchanan – first Chelsea, then Fulham, then Brentford.
  • Ron Greenwood – first Brentford, then Chelsea, then Fulham.
  • Barry Lloyd – first Chelsea, then Fulham, then Brentford.
  • Gerry Peyton – first Fulham, then played for Brentford and Chelsea on loan from Everton. Signed permanently for Brentford after leaving Everton.
  • Steve Sidwell – first Brentford, then Chelsea, then Fulham.
  • Billy Sperrin – guested for Fulham and Chelsea during the Second World War, then signed permanently for Brentford in 1949.

Chelsea, Fulham and QPR[edit]

  • Roy Bentley – won the league title as a striker with Chelsea in 1955 and moved on to Fulham a year later, where he was converted into a defender. Upon leaving Fulham, Bentley spent two years with QPR.
  • Bobby Campbell – managed Fulham between 1976 and 1980, and later Chelsea between 1988 and 1991. Also coached QPR in the 1980s.
  • Paul Parker – started his career at Fulham before being sold to QPR (where we went on to start for England in the 1990 World Cup) also played four games for Chelsea in 1997.
  • Dave Sexton – having been a coach at Fulham during the 1960s, Sexton managed Chelsea and QPR during the 1970s. He won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup in successive seasons with Chelsea and took Rangers to within a point of the league title; as such he is regarded by both clubs as one of their greatest ever managers.
  • Clive Walker – winger who played for all three West London clubs.
  • Ray Wilkins – started his playing career at Chelsea, and later played for and managed QPR as well as managing Fulham. He also had a stint as assistant manager to Gianluca Vialli at Chelsea. He again became the assistant manager under Luiz Felipe Scolari after the departure of Steve Clarke. He continued to perform the role under Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti until his contract was terminated without notice on 11 November 2010. He also had a stint as assistant head coach to René Meulensteen at Fulham, but was sacked after less than two months in the role along with Meulensteen and Alan Curbishley.

Chelsea and QPR[edit]

Chelsea and Fulham[edit]

Fulham and QPR[edit]

  • Dean Coney – Fulham and QPR striker. Part of the deal that took Paul Parker to QPR.
  • Lee Cook – QPR winger transferred to Fulham 2007/8 season.
  • Joe Fidler – First Fulham, then QPR.
  • Rodney Marsh – Started off at Fulham, before becoming a QPR legend and then moved to Manchester City before coming back to play for the maverick Fulham side, and England. Returned to Fulham for a brief loan spell in 1976.
  • Stefan Johansen – loaned to QPR from Fulham in 2020–21.
  • Andrew Johnson – Fulham to QPR in 2012.
  • Stephen Kelly – played for QPR in 2003. Joined Fulham in 2009.
  • Thomas Leigh – First Fulham, then QPR.
  • Heiðar Helguson – Fulham and QPR striker.
  • Mark Hughes – Managed Fulham in the 2010/11 season before leaving due to a desire to win trophies. Signed as QPR manager the following season in January.
  • Paul Parker – Played over 100 games for both clubs.
  • Zesh Rehman – Moved from Fulham to QPR in 2006.
  • Tony Sealy – Small but quick striker. Top scorer as QPR won promotion in 1982/83. Later moved to Fulham.
  • Matt Smith – First Fulham, then QPR
  • Ernie Symes – First Fulham, then QPR.
  • Adel Taarabt – Loaned from QPR to Fulham in 2013
  • Bobby Zamora – Played for Fulham until signing for QPR on a January transfer in 2012.

Fulham, QPR and Brentford

  • Dave Metchick – first Fulham, then QPR, then Brentford.
  • David Nelson – Fulham, Brentford, QPR.
  • Tony Parks – First Brentford, loaned to QPR and then signed for Fulham
  • Calum Willock – Loaned from Fulham to QPR, later signed for Brentford in 2006.

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