Chelsea could be one of the best teams in the Premier League era with a good record, but the club has recorded some of the biggest losses in English football.
Chelsea’s first top-flight trophy was in 1954–55. Still, the club became dominant in the early 2000s following the formation of the Premier League, winning five titles. During their involvement in domestic and international competitions, they’ve suffered some of the worst defeats in football.
Interesting Football brings you Chelsea’s biggest losses.
1. Wolverhampton Wanderers 8-1 Chelsea 1953
Chelsea’s worst defeat was the 8-1 demolition by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Matchday eleven of the 1953-54 Football League First Division.
The first half ended with a 2-0 scoreline. However, the host returned from the break to finish the game with eight goals.
2. Nottingham Forest 7-0 Chelsea- April 1991
On matchday thirty-six of the 1991/92 Football League First Division, Forest scored seven past the Londoners.
3. Leeds 7-0 Chelsea – October 1967
Leeds United outclassed Chelsea as the visitors conceded seven goals against the whites. Manager Ron Suart’s men ended the first half with four goals conceded and eventually ended the tie with seven goals.
4. Wolverhampton Wanderers 7-1 Chelsea- March 1975
Wolverhampton Wanderers handed Chelsea its second-heaviest defeat by a single team in the Football League First Division matchday thirty-four fixture.
5. Aston Villa 7-1 Chelsea Apr 15, 1952
On the afternoon of Tuesday, 15th Apr 1952, Chelsea’s visit to Villa Park ended in a crushing defeat as the Londoners conceded seven goals.
In front of 29,882 spectators, Chelsea went three goals down in the first half. A return from the break, the host scored an additional four goals while James Smith scored the visitors’ only goal of the match.
6. Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea, 2019
On the afternoon of Sunday, February 10, 2019, in the Premier League, Chelsea was outclassed by Manchester City at Etihad stadium. The Citizens were rampant on the day in front of 54,000 thousand spectators.
Pep Guardiola’s men opened the scoring four minutes after kickoff through Raheem Sterling before Sergio Aguero extended the lead to two goals nine minutes after.
Man City continued their dominance as Aguero increased the lead to three. Ilkay Gündoğan scored four goals, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat trick eleven minutes into the second half as Raheem Sterling added the club’s sixth goal in the 80th minute.
7. Sheffield Wednesday 6- 1 Chelsea – December 1966
On Saturday, 31st Dec 1966, Sheffield United and Chelsea were in action in the Football League Division 1 in front of 31,032 spectators.
Chelsea was on the road to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The Blues conceded six goals and could only record one, which came from Bobby Tambling in the 57th minute.
Jim McCalliog and David Ford gave the home side a lead in the first half in the 18th and 42nd minutes, respectively. A John Ritchie double between the 59th and 66th minutes extended the host’s lead to four goals before David Ford found the net the second time in the game, and John Fantham completed the rout.
8. Newcastle United 5-0 Chelsea- November 1974
Chelsea manager Ron Stuart’s visit to St James’s Park had a disastrous outcome as his team conceded five goals against Newcastle United.
The first half of the Division 1 clash ended in a scoreless draw. However, the home side came all out in the second half to score five goals to hand Chelsea a worst defeat.
9. Southampton 5-0 Chelsea- February 1969
Chelsea’s visit to The Dell stadium did not go well as they conceded five goals against Southampton.
In front of over twenty-eight thousand spectators, the Saints led the first half by three goals and completed the rout in the second half by scoring two additional goals.
10. Barcelona 5- 0 Chelsea 1966
Chelsea and Barcelona met in the semi-finals of the Inter-cities Fairs Cup 1965/1966 tournament. The match was played at Camp Nou.
The first half ended with a two-goal lead by the host. However, three additional goals were scored in the second half to see off the visitors.