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Chelsea biggest defeats of all time

Tue 13 April 2021 | 15:00

The history of Chelsea football clubs has not always been so good and they had lots of ups and downs, here we take a look at some of Chelsea worst defeats in history.

These days

Chelsea

is well known as one of the best English football clubs all over the world and it has been by far one of the most successful English clubs in recent years. Since the 1990s, Chelsea has always been one of the good performers in the English league, however, they had some ups and downs through their history.

In this article, we want to take a look at Chelsea’s history books and share some of the biggest defeats they ever suffered in their history. Although most of them are in the past, there is some modern day big defeats amongst them. Before getting down to the list of Chelsea biggest defeats of all time, let's take a brief look at the club’s history.

In its history, Chelsea has enjoyed two different eras of success: one from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s and another from the late 1990s to the present day. Their record includes six English league titles, eight FA Cups, five League Cups, four Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League, two Europa Leagues, two Cup Winners' Cups and one European Super Cup.

They are one of five clubs to have won all three major European club football tournaments, together with Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, and are one of the European clubs to have won all UEFA competitions in which they have participated at least once. In terms of international trophies won, they are the leading London club and the third in England after Liverpool and Manchester United.

Chelsea biggest losses of all time

The club also became the only European club in 2013 to be defending champions of both UEFA's seasonal competitions (UEFA Champions League and Europa League). Stay tuned for the list of Chelsea biggest defeats of all time.

Chelsea 2-6 Southampton (September 1967)

Chelsea hadn’t made a good start to the 1967/68 season when they met Southampton in the 5th matchday of the First Division and they were lying in 17th place under Scottish head coach Tommy Docherty. Chelsea started the match with the hope of winning at Stamford Bridge, but it just took 10 minutes for Ron Davies to score his first goal of the match.

3 minutes later, the talented Welsh forward of

Southampton

scored another goal for his team and on the 27th minute, the player completed his hat trick. After the first half, Peter Osgood scored the first goal of the match for Chelsea in the 47th minute. As Chelsea fans and players were more hopeful of a comeback, two goals from Martin Chivers in less than three minutes sealed Chelsea’s defeat.

On the 81st minute, Osgood scored his and Chelsea’s second goal of the match, but five minutes later, Ron Davies scored another goal to make the score sheet 2-6 for Southampton.

Manchester City 6-2 Chelsea (November 1977)

On the 17th matchday of 1977/78 English First Division, Chelsea travelled to Manchester to play against Citizens on Maine Road. That season, Chelsea was not at their best and were lying in 18th place of the First Division table. Graham Wilkins, Chelsea’s right-back at the time scored an own goal for Man City in the 10th minute of the game and four minutes later, Dennis Tueart scored his first goal of the season for

Manchester City

.

As Chelsea had nothing to lose at that match, they started putting pressure on the Citizens defensive line and in less than 5 minutes, Chelsea managed to score two goals and equalize the match. The goals came from Ray Wilkins and Ian Britton. Before the half time, Man City scored two more goals in the 30th and 44th minutes from Dennis Tueart and Mick Channon respectively.

Peter Barnes scored the fifth goal of his team in the match and after Graham Wilkins’ sending off on 67th minute, Chelsea had absolutely no hope of a comeback. Dennis Tueart completed his hat trick in the 84th minute to make the match 6-2.

Chelsea 2-6 Nottingham Forest (September 1986)

One of

Chelsea worst defeats ever

came on against

Nottingham Forest

, this time 19 years later after their heavy defeat against Southampton, they lost with the same score sheet, against Nottingham Forest. It was the 7th matchday of the 1986/87 English First Division season and Chelsea were the host to Nottingham Forest in Stamford Bridge. Before the match, Chelsea was 17th in the league and with great form, and Nottingham Forest was first in the English top league.

There is not much information about that match regarding who scored the goals, however, John Hollins’ Chelsea suffered a heavy 2-6 defeat against a Nottingham Forest that finished the season in 12th position. Pat Nevin (pictured above), scored a goal for Chelsea in that match.

Barcelona 5-0 Chelsea (May 1966)

The next match in the list of

Chelsea worst losses of all time

came in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in the 1965/66 season. Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was a former annual European football competition which was played between 1955 and 1971. The match was played in Camp Nou, in front of 40,000 Catalans. Chelsea came to this match from a 2-0 win over Barca in the first leg.

Tommy Docherty’s team did not had a great start as they conceded their first goal just 4 minutes after the start of the match. 10 minutes later, Zaballa scored the second goal of the match for

Barcelona

. Spanish Joaquim Rifé scored his first goal of the match and tournament in the 42nd minute.

In the second half, Chelsea’s side conceded two more goals from Joaquim Rifé and Josep Fusté in the 52nd and 73rd minutes to lose the match 5-0 and get knocked out of the European competition.

Southampton 5-0 Chelsea (February 1969)

After suffering their heavy 2-6 defeat against Southampton in 1967, Chelsea once again was humiliated by the Saints in the 1968/69 season, this time in the Dell stadium and in front of the 28,147 mostly Southampton fans. At the time, the 38 years old Dave Sexton was Chelsea’s manager.

After the start of the match, Mick Channon needed no more than 5 minutes to score the first goal of the match and his second goal of the season. Scottish Jimmy Gabriel scored the second goal of the match and in the 34th minute, it was David Webb who scored another goal for Chelsea and the two teams finished the first half 3-0.

Dave Sexton’s half time speech didn’t help his Chelsea side as two more goals for Ron Davies in the 79th and 86th minutes sealed one of Chelsea biggest losses of all time.

Newcastle United 5-0 Chelsea (November 1974)

When Chelsea FC travelled to St. James Park to play against

Newcastle United

in the 18th matchday of the English First Division, they weren’t at their best and was lying in 20th place of the league. Despite their poor form, Ron Suart’s team played a good match until the 50th minute of the match, when Paul Cannell scored his first goal of the season with a header. Newcastle United’s second and third goal came in less than six minutes from Alan Kennedy and Malcolm Macdonald.

This wasn’t the end of the match for the Chelsea side as they conceded the fourth and fifth goals from Stewart Barrowclough and Malcolm Macdonald. That season Chelsea finished 21st in the league and was relegated to the second division.

Sheffield Wednesday 6-1 Chelsea (December 1966)

So far three of Chelsea worst defeats ever came when Tommy Docherty was in charge of the club. This time, his team was playing in the 24th matchday of the 1966/67 season. The match started in the Hillsborough stadium, in front of 31,032 fans.

Sheffield Wednesday’s

central midfielder Jim McCalliog needed just 18 minutes to score his first goal of the match and second goal of the season.

A few minutes before the end of the first half, David Ford scored the second goal of the game for Sheffield Wednesday. It was at the 57th minute that Bobby Tambling scored Chelsea’s first goal of the match and his 16th goal of the season. Just when Chelsea fans were hopeful of a potential comeback, the English player John Ritchie scored two goals for Sheffield Wednesday in less than seven minutes.

David Ford completed his double in the 69th minute and Johnny Fantham scored the last and sixth goal of the Sheffield Wednesday team to mark one of the

Chelsea worst defeats in history.

Middlesbrough FC 7-2 Chelsea (December 1978)

After his three years spell as the manager of the Northern Ireland national team, Robert Dennis Blanchflower was appointed as Chelsea manager on December 14 1978. However, just two days later his team suffered one of Chelsea worst losses of all time. In that match, Chelsea was present at the Ayresome Park stadium to play

Middlesbrough

in front of 15,107 fans.

Actually, Chelsea started the match in good form as they scored the first goal of the match by Peter Osgood in the 25th minute, however, just 4 minutes later Mark Proctor equalized the match. In the next 9 minutes, Middlesbrough managed to score two more goals, both of them coming from Micky Burns. Just 7 minutes after the start of the second half, David Armstrong scored the 4th goal for Middlesbrough.

The 20 years old John Bumstead scored the second goal of the game for Chelsea in the 61st minute, however, it didn’t help the London club to get back into the game. Before the end of the match, Chelsea conceded another three goals by Micky Burns and Terry Cochrane, to seal the match as one of Chelsea biggest defeats of all time. With four goals scored, Micky Burns was the best player on the pitch that day.

Everton 6-0 Chelsea (April 1978)

On the last matchday of the 1977/78 English First Division season, Chelsea was visiting Goodison Park to play

Everton FC

in front of the 39,504 fans. Ken Shellito didn’t had the start they have hoped for as Martin Dobson scored his first goal of the match and 5th goal of the start in the 7th minute of the game. Seven minutes later, Billy Wright made it 2-0 with a beautiful shot.

After the start of the second half, it was Neil Robinson who scored his first goal of the season in the 54th minute. Between the 72nd and the 78th minutes of the match, Bob Latchford (2) and Mick Lyons (1) scored another three goals to mark that match as one of

Chelsea biggest losses of all time

.

The next match is another one of Chelsea biggest defeats of all time against Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest 6-0 Chelsea (March 1979)

This is the second match in the list of Chelsea worst defeats ever that their opponents were Nottingham Forest and this is no surprise as they were one of the best European football clubs at the time. This match is also the second game in the list of Chelsea worst defeats in history under the manager Danny Blanchflower.

On the 18th matchday of the 1978/79 season, Chelsea (22nd in the league) was visiting City Ground stadium to play against Nottingham Forest (2nd in the league). As nobody considered a slight chance for Chelsea to succeed in that match, the London team played a good first half and it wasn’t until the 45th minute that Martin O'Neill scored the first goal of the match for the Reds.

The English Centre-Forward Tony Woodcock scored the second goal for Nottingham Forest in the 46th minute. Eight minutes later Garry Birtles scored the third goal of the team and his first goal of the season. Tony Woodcock completed his double in the 63rd minute. In the 65th and 71st minute of the match, Martin O'Neill completed his hat trick, thus marking one of

Chelsea biggest defeats of all time

.

Queens Park Rangers 6-0 Chelsea (March 1986)

On 31 March 1986, Chelsea played against

Queens Park Rangers

in the 36th matchday of the English First Division in Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. At the time Chelsea was 5th in the league and came into the match with every hope to win the game, however, they were denied greatly by a Queens Park Rangers side that played a brilliant match.

The 25 years old striker Gary Bannister opened the scoring sheet for Queens Park Rangers in the 7th minute, scoring his 7th goal of the season. Fifteen minutes later, he scored his second goal of the game. Just before the end of the first half, John Byrne scored the third goal of the game for Queens Park Rangers, thus eliminating any chance of a comeback for John Hollins’ Chelsea side.

In the second half, things weren’t any better for Chelsea and Gary Bannister completed his hat trick at the 57th minute. John Byrne also scored a double on the 64th minute to make it 5-0 for Queens Park Rangers. The last nail on Chelsea’s coffin came in the 82nd minute as Leroy Rosenior scored the last goal of the match. In that match, David Speedie’s sending off in the 65th minute was a key factor for one of Chelsea worst losses of all time.

Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea (February 2019)

The most recent match in our list of

Chelsea biggest defeats of all time

was played on 10 February 2019 in front of 54,452 spectators at the Etihad Stadium. It wasn’t the best day of Maurizio Sarri’s career as Chelsea manager as they came up against a Pep Guardiola side that was in their best form. Just 4 minutes into that

English Premier League

match, Raheem Sterling scored his first goal of the match with a beautiful right footed shot.

Nine minutes later, Sergio Agüero scored the second goal of the game on an assist from Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Argentine star player completed his double 6 minutes later with a left footed shot. As things weren’t getting any better for the London team, Ilkay Gündogan scored the fourth goal for Man City in the 25th minute.

Eleven minutes after the start of the second half, Sergio Agüero completed his hat trick, converting his penalty kick. The sixth goal of the match came from Raheem Sterling, which was his second goal of the game. This match will be always remembered by Blues fans as one of Chelsea biggest defeats of all time.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 7-1 Chelsea (March 1975)

On 15 March 1975, Ron Suart’s Chelsea was visiting Molineux Stadium in the 34th matchday of the English First Division. The two teams were at the nearly same level at the time and a draw was the most probable result, however,

Wolverhampton Wanderers

proved to be the surprise package that evening.

In front of the 21,649 fans, John Richards scored the first goal of the match for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 24th minute, before Willie Carr scoring the second goal for Wolves two minutes later. Eleven minutes later, Bill Garner (pictured above) was able to score a goal for Chelsea and setting the stage for a Chelsea comeback. However, 4 minutes later Kenny Hibbitt made the score sheet 3-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After the start of the second half, Mike Bailey scored the fourth goal of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 58th minute. In less than 10 minutes, Wolverhampton Wanderers players (Steve Kindon, John Richards and Dave Wagstaffe) scored three more goals to make it one of Chelsea biggest defeats of all time.

Leeds United 7-0 Chelsea (October 1967)

Another one of the Chelsea biggest defeats of all time came under the manager Ron Suart. On the 11th matchday of the English First Division, the Chelsea team was present at the Elland Road and they were playing against a

Leeds United

that was on good form.

During the first sixteen minutes of the match, Albert Johanneson, Jimmy Greenhoff and Jack Charlton managed to score three goals for Leeds United. Before the end of the first half, Peter Lorimer scored another goal for his team to make it 4-0.

The fifth goal of the match for Leeds United came in the 59th minute as Eddie Gray was able to score his first goal of the match and second goal of the season. In the 80th minute, Marvin Hinton, Chelsea’s 27 years old left-back scored an own goal and finally two minutes later, Billy Bremner scored for Leeds United and the match ended at 7-0 for them.

Nottingham Forest 7-0 Chelsea (April 1991)

Almost all of the Chelsea fans that remember 20 April 1991 would love to see those days get erased from history books, as they suffered one of

Chelsea biggest defeats of all time

that day. Bobby Campbell’s Chelsea (12th in the league) was about to play against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest (8th in the league) at City Ground.

The match started with a goal for Nottingham Forest in the 8th minute, where Roy Keane scored his first goal of the season with a right footed shot on an assist from Gary Crosby. Four minutes later, Garry Parker scored the second goal of the game for the Reds. Gary Crosby once again assisted for a goal, this time for Ian Woan in the 25 minute of the game.

At the start of the second half, Nigel Clough scored the fourth goal for Forest on a pass from Stuart Pearce, which was his second assist of the match. Pearce scored the fifth and sixth goal of the match in less than twenty minutes to become the man of the match with two goals and two assists. In the 84th minute, Roy Keane completed his double with a pass from Des Walker.

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