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The Evolution of Chelsea Football Club Logo

Chelsea is a London based Football Club established in 1905. The club has a very rich and long history. The Football Club is recognized as one of the biggest club in the world having won many titles. Chelsea club logo has gone through a few changes over the years, adapting to the fashion and tastes of the fans. However, the premise of a lion on a blue crest has been a constant for over half a century.

In this article, we take a look at the evolution of the club's different logos over the years.


Chelsea's first logo, a portrait of a pensioner, was designed in 1905. The word "Chelsea Football Club" was engraved around the frame's edge. The colors blue and yellow were used to create the logo, and the football team's nickname "The Pensioners" was quickly adopted.


The first change to the logo occurred in 1952. The club's initials were written in blue on the shield as a quick experiment. Chelsea used the lone iteration of the logo, which featured the frame's heraldic shape, for a single calendar year.


In 1953, The club's logo was redesigned. Ted Drake designed the logo, which features a standing lion on it’s hind legs. The blue lion rampant grasping a yellow staff and a large blue circle with a yellow edge encircled the image.


From 1964 to 1967, the club's logo was a simple blue square with the ornate white letters "CFC" arranged diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right. It was a simple and understated logo that was quickly replaced by the lion.


The logo was designed in this manner in 1967.The white background featured a blue "CFC" text beneath a white lion rampant holding a red staff. Three years later, an FA Cup and two white stars were added to the lion's left and right sides to commemorate the football club's victories.


In 1986, the club’s new owner, Ken Bates, redesign the logo. In this new design, there is a red lion inside a dark blue circle with white lettering “CFC”.

1995 -1997

The club removed the dark blue circle from their new logo in 1995. This logo came with blue letters standing out on a white background. The lion changes from red to yellow with blue contours.

1997 -1999

The 1986 logo returned. The difference is that the lion inside the dark blue is yellow, not red.

1999 - 2003

The circle was removed again in 1999 logo. The lion turned white and blue with distinctly outlined shapes.

2003 - 2005

After the takeover by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, the club redesign their logo again. The. Club went back to the 1986 logo, with a light shade of blue circle as the base and a white lion.

2005 - 2006

Chelsea commemorate their 100 years anniversary with a new logo. They modernised 1953 logo with a white circle as a base. There is a blue lion with a staff inside the white circle. Balls and roses in gold are also inscribed in the blue circle. The gold text "100 Years Centenary" was used for one year.

2006 - Present

The club removed the inscriptions dedicated to the 100th anniversary. The lion's tongue is now red, the frame is blue, the staff is now blue, and the writing is now white and yellow. Balls and roses are now shown in red. This logo is still in use.

Which one is your favourite?

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