Blue is synonymous with Chelsea Football Club; the iconic royal blue is central to our folklore, flags, songs, chants and kits.
Let’s look at the history of why Chelsea wear blue, the choice of colour and how it has come to represent the club’s spirit.
Why Chelsea Wear Blue
Chelsea have been wearing blue since our inception in 1905.
Chelsea’s adoption of the colour blue was influenced by its historical connections to the British monarchy and the local aristocracy.
The land around Stamford Bridge was built on land once owned by the Earl of Cadogan. The Cadogan family’s coat of arms featured blue and the famous lion found on the modern club badge.
These combined factors explain why Chelsea chose Blue.
Blue Is The Colour
For Chelsea supporters, the colour blue is more than just a visual representation of their club; it embodies our passion, loyalty, and unity.
As part of Chelsea’s 1972 League Cup Final run the song “Blue is The Colour” was released and despite losing the game, this tune became the official anthem of Chelsea Football Club.
Chelsea Blue Over The Years
Chelsea’s blue kit has evolved in terms of design and shade over the years.
From the early years, the club’s kit featured a lighter blue shade known as Eton blue, derived from the prestigious Eton College, an independent boarding school in Berkshire, England.
In the 1950s, under the management of championship-winning manager Ted Drake, Chelsea switched to a darker shade of blue known as Royal Blue.
The change in colour was part of a broader rebranding effort to modernise the club and foster a more professional image.
During this period, the club also redesigned its crest, incorporating the Cadogan lion rampant, a symbol of strength and courage, which remains a core part of Chelsea’s identity today.
Whilst the shade and design may change slightly from year to year, when it comes to Chelsea Blue will always be the colour!