Glowing Return – Chelsea’s different kit colours

If you delve deeper into our history, you’ll see that from the first time we turned out in a red away kit, way back in 1911, every decade from then until the end of the century we played in red at least once.

In fact, when we met Dynamo Moscow in a friendly in 1945, the biggest-ever crowd for a Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge saw us in a red jersey, paired with white shorts and black socks, so that our visitors from Russia could wear their traditional blue strip. What lovely hosts we were. And then, a decade later, our change strip was also red as we went on to be crowned Division One champions for the first time.

Since then, we regularly turned out in red during the Sixties and Seventies. Legendary Blues boss Dave Sexton sparked the trend, thanks to his infatuation with the great Hungary side of the 1950s, which led to the colour being paired with white and green.


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