Chelsea Top Scorers of all time
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All-time top goal scorers in Chelsea history
In the following article, we are going to have a glance at the highest goal scorers in Chelsea of all time, since the very beginning till the present moment. it must be noted that, as some of these footballers are so aged, there was not any proper image of them, so we have selected the very old photos of Chelsea.
Who can be the number one in the list of Chelsea highest goal scorers ever?
Our list starts with the one and only Frank Lampard as Chelsea top scorers of all time. The former footballer and the present coach with 211 goals hold the record of top scorers in Chelsea of all time.
Frank Lampard was born on 20 June 1978 and started his football career in 1994 in West ham United- his father's former club. His great performances in West ham led him towards Chelsea and in 2001 by a £11 million contract he had been transferred to Chelsea. Lampard made his debut for Chelsea in a draw game against Newcastle on 19 August 2001.
Since 2001 until 2014 he had 468 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League, Community Shield, and scored 211 goals. If we divide his number of scored goals by his number of appearances the ratio would be 0.3. With this record, Frank Lampard overtook Bobby Tambling's long-standing record in May 2013 and became the number one in Chelsea highest goal sorcerers ever in Premier League history.
The next footballer in the list of Chelsea highest top scorers of all time is Bobby Tambling who was the all-time top scorer for 47 years until Frank Lampard surpassed this record.
Tambling was born on 18 September 1941. In 1957 by joining Chelsea- when he was only a fifteen years old schoolboy- his professional football career as a forward started. He made his debut, aged seventeen in 1959 scoring in a 3–2 win against West Ham United, and in just two years he became Chelsea's main striker and also the main goal scorer for five seasons in the 1960s.
Since his commencement in 1958 till 1970 he had 370 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League, and scored 202 goals. In honor of his inspiring status in Chelsea, a suite named after him at Stamford Bridge, and he was named in the club's greatest ever XI, selected to mark the club's centenary.
The third rank of Chelsea top scorers of all time belongs to Kerry Dixon the retired striker of The Blues.
Kerry Michael Dixon was born on 24 July 1961, in Luton. This tall footballer started his debut as a forward in Reading club who signed him for £20,000 contract in 1980, after three years Chelsea manager John Neal, had spotted him and explored his thirst for scoring goals.
So in 1983 despite the hesitation of Chelsea's authorities, Kerry had been transferred to Chelsea whilst the club was in the Second Division. His impact on Chelsea was so quick. He made his debut for Chelsea by scoring two goals against Derby County and added 32 more through the season as the club romped to promotion as Second Division champions to reach the First Division after five years away.
He was a classic English center forward and a master goal scorer whose strength, ability in the air, and eye for goal saw put him on the third rank of top scorers in Chelsea of all time. Since 1983 till 1992 he had 420 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, and scored 193 goals. The third Chelsea top scoreres ever is also the eighth in the club's all-time appearances list. However, his only honors with the club were the two Second Division championship medals.
The next soccer player on the list of Chelsea top scorers of all time is Didier Drogba, the familiar face of an Ivorian international striker of the good old days. Didier Yves Drogba Tébily was born on 11 March 1978 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. At the age of five, Didier was sent to France by his parents to live with his uncle, Michel Goba, a professional footballer.
In 1997 Drogba joined Ligue 2 club, Le Mans, as an apprentice, but due to his injuries and physical struggles, he couldn't be that successful. It took six years for Drogba to become a perfect footballer capable of playing in Chelsea.
In July 2004 by a £24 million contract, he joined Chelsea and step by step became one of Chelsea's best. Since 2004 till 2012 he had played for Chelsea and then he had a two-year break but it wasn't a long-lasting one. Once again in 2014 he returned to Chelsea, at that time he had said: "It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with José again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me."
Chelsea was home for Didier and he had 381 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League, and scored 164 goals. With this record, Didier -Côte d'Ivoire all-time Top Scorer-is the fourth one on the list of Chelsea top goal scorers ever and despite all ebb and flow, he is a beloved one in Chelsea.
The fifth rank of Chelsea top scorers of all time belongs to another English international forward.
Roy Bently was born on 17 May 1924. His football debut was like anyone else. He was first a soldier and then he turned to soccer. Roy served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. he initiated his football in Bristol City and Bristol Rovers then in 1946 he joined Newcastle United.
Two years later, due to his doctor advise that a move towards south would be a remedy for the lung problems he occasionally suffered from in January 1948, Bentley signed for Chelsea by a £12,500 contract.
In his eight and a half years at Stamford Bridge between 1948 and 1956, he captained Chelsea to the club's first league title and had 367 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 164 goals. Bently- the first Chelsea player to represent England at a World Cup Finals- was indeed one of Chelsea's greatest players.
Peter Osgood- an English veteran- owns the sixth rank on the list of Chelsea top scorers of all time.
Peter Leslie Osgood was born on 20 February 1947. as a kid, he didn't think of himself as the brainiest kid at school. At that time he was working as a bricklayer and playing at Windsor-his school club. thanks to his uncle who wrote to Chelsea on his behalf to secure a trial, in February 1964 he signed a contract with Chelsea as a junior and made his debut as a 17-year-old in the League Cup, scoring both goals in a 2–0 win against Workington AFC on 16 December 1964.
The King of Stamford Bridge- a tribute to Peter Osgood-since 1964 till 1980 had 380 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 150 goals. At the age of 59, on 1 March 2006, Ossie passed away and four years to the day after his ashes were laid to rest under the Shed End penalty spot, in the honor of the sixth Chelsea top goal scorers ever, a statue of Osgood was unveiled outside the Millenium entrance at Stamford Bridge to a select group of 150 families, friends, and representatives of the club.
England's fourth highest international goal scorer with 44 goals, Tottenham Hotspur's highest ever goal scorer (266 goals), the highest goal scorer in the history of English top-flight football (357 goals), is on the seventh rank of Chelsea highest goal scorers ever. He had also scored more hat-tricks (six) for England than anyone else.
James Peter Greaves was born on 20 February 1940 and he made his professional football debut with Chelsea in 1957.
This prolific goal scorer whose relaxed attitude was the reason for his assured composure and confidence had great acceleration and pace. He was also a perfect dribbler and opportunist inside the penalty area. From 1957 till 1961 he had 169 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 132 goals.
The eighth on the list of Chelsea top scorers of all time is one of the most loyal players in Chelsea history.
George Robert Mills was born on 29 December 1908 in Deptford. he started his football career in Bromley and as an amateur in 1929 he joined Chelsea and stayed there for the rest of his career. Unfortunately, during his time in Chelsea, he had been overlooked by more glamorous, but less reliable forwards such as Hughie Gallacher and Joe Bambrick, but he was the one who remained loyal to the club and the first Chelsea's player who scored over 100 league goals.
In his lifetime at Chelsea, he had 239 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 125 goals This devoted footballer passed away on 15 July 1970.
This Belgian international footballer is the ninth Chelsea top scorers of all time.
Eden Hazard was born on 7 January 1991 to footballing parents in La Louvière, Belgium. He started his football career in local clubs Royal Stade Brainois and Tubize and made his breakthrough on 28 May 2007 by joining Lille by a three-year deal contract.
During the 2011-12 season, reports emerged from France that Hazard wanted to join Chelsea. On 28 May 2012 Hazard published on Twitter that he would be signing for the Champions League winner and then on 4 June Chelsea confirmed this statement and this Belgian star by a £32 million contract joined Chelsea. This midfielder who is known for his pace and technical ability, since 2012 till 2018 had 272 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 110 goals.
The tenth on the list of all-time top goal scorers in Chelsea history is George Hilsdon, the Gatling gun of the club.
George Richard Hilsdon was born on 10 August 1885. When he was a 21-year-old young boy, in 1906 was recommended to then-Chelsea manager John Robertson, who had been advised that Hilsdon would be available for transfer. So later that year, Hilsdon joined Chelsea on £4 a week wages.
During that season, Hilsdon scored 27 goals, which helped earn Chelsea's promotion to the First Division in their second year of professional football. This great footballer- who had been called Gatling Gun because his shots were simply unstoppable and which travel like shots from a gun- passed away on 10 September 1941 when he was in his late 50s.
since 1906 till 1912 he had 164 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 108 goals.
The list of Chelsea top scorers of all time reaches its eleventh. Barry John Bridges was born on 29 April 1941 in Horsford, Norfolk. He had the experience of playing in 7 clubs in the English Football League.
in July 1956 as he was playing in Norwich and Norfolk Boys, had been spotted by Chelsea’s' authorities and destiny led him towards success. Made his debut for the club against West Ham United in February 1959, and scored in a 3–2 victory.
His most successful season with the club was in 1964-65 when this prolific and versatile forward helped the club gain promotion back to the First Division at the first attempt. This four-time capped footballer, since 1958 till 1966 had 208 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 98 goals.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
the next one on the list of top scorers in Chelsea of all time is a Dutch footballer.
Jerrel "Jimmy" Floyd Hasselbaink was born on 27 March 1972. he started his football career in a small city in the province of North Holland- Zaandam- originally as a goalkeeper and after a while, he became a forward. In May 2000, he signed a £15 million contract with Chelsea and managed the league in scoring during his first season, earning him a second Premier League Golden Boot.
In his debut for the Blues, he helped them to win the 2000 FA Charity Shield with a 2–0 win over Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Jimmy just in four seasons, since 200 till 2004 made 177 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 87 goals.
Hugh Kilpatrick Gallacher was born on 2 February 1903 in Scotland and was one of the Wembley Wizards who beat England 5–1 at Wembley Stadium in 1928. He started his football when he could barely walk and soon in December 1920, Gallacher was picked for the Scottish junior side to play versus Ireland at Shawfield.
In 1930 he joined David Calderhead's Chelsea by a £25,000 contract. He played for Chelsea from 1930 till 1934 and made 144 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 81 goals. by this record, he is the 13th Chelsea highest goal scorers ever.
Robert Whittingham was born in 1888 and as an inside-forward had the experiences of playing in different clubs.
In April 1910 by a £1,300 contract, this powerfully-built and prolific goal scoring inside-forward joined Chelsea. He played a big role in their winning promotion back to the First Division. for three years he played for Chelsea and made 129 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 80 goals. With just one goal difference he is the fifteenth highest goal scorers in Chelsea of all time.
The next one on the list of Chelsea top scorers of all time is an Italian footballer.
Gianfranco Zola was born on 5 July 1966 in Oliena, Sardinia, in Italy. he started his football career in Italy and his first decade in football was spent in Napoli, alongside the legendary Argentinian Diego Maradona and Brazilian striker Careca, and then at Parma, before moving to Chelsea.
In November 1996 by a £4.5m contract, he joined Chelsea, where he was voted Football Writers' Player of the Year in 1997 and Chelsea's greatest ever player by the club's fans. he was also awarded an OBE - Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire - in a special ceremony in Rome, in November 2004. Between 1996-2003, he made 312 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 80 goals.
this Icelandic professional football coach and former player is placed as seventeenth top scorers in Chelsea of all time.
He was born on 15 September 1978 into a sportive family. His father was also an Icelandic international footballer. On 19 June 2000, he joined Chelsea with a £4.5 million contract and for six years played there. Since 2000 till 2006 he made 263 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 78 goals.
Dennis Frank Wise was born on 16 December 1966 in Kensington, west London. he started his career as an amateur with Southampton but soon he faced a problem with the club's manager and joined Wimbledon on 28 March 1985 at the age of 18.
after five years on 3 July 1990 by a £1.6 million contract, he joined the Blues and made his debut in a 2-1 win against Derby County at Stamford Bridge. his impressive performance at that match made him one of the best in the eyes of fans. he stayed three years at Chelsea and between 1990 till 1993 he made 445 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 76 goals.
Ronald Albert Ernest Tindall was born on 23 September 1935. before joining Chelsea's new youth system in 1953, He debuted his senior career when he joined Camberley F.C. in 1952 at the age of 16. Within a year, Tindall had proved himself in the Chelsea first team and, though the side's form was often shifting, he struck up a prolific strike partnership with the Jimmy Greaves.
for eight years he played for Chelsea and between 1953 till 1961 he made 174 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 69 goals. Ron Tindall passed away in September 2012, just before his 77th birthday.
the last name on our list of Chelsea top scorers of all time is the legendry John Terry. John George Terry was born on 7 December 1980 in Barking. he started his football career when he was a schoolboy then at 14 He moved to Chelsea to play for the club's youth and reserve teams.
in 2000–01 season he started to prove himself in the Chelsea first team and soon became a regular in the defense alongside club captain and France international Marcel Desailly. after the retirement of Desailly, new Chelsea manager José Mourinho chose Terry as his club captain.
this fabulous defender is perceived as one of the best defenders in the world at his peak, he is considered to be one of the greatest central defenders of his generation, as well as one of the best English and Premier League defenders ever. he was also named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008, and 2009, PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2005.
During his glorious time in Chelsea, he made 717 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 67 goals. Considering his position, 67 goals is a huge number for a defender.
our survey of highest goal scorers in Chelsea of all time ends here, but there aren't only 20 top scorers in Chelsea history. There are 445 more footballers who made sacrifices and showed their great performances for the Blue Lions. the history of the Blues is made by them. they went through all the blood, sweat, tears, and heartache to make Chelsea one the best in the world.