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Paul Waterhouse considers the club’s match attendance history

Ever since 2003 when we were perceived to be a threat by our paranoid friends in red on Murkeyside we have had to put up with the constant jibes of “No history” and “No fans”


In terms of trophies there is no argument from me but the “No fans” thing has always amused me. I’ve had many an argument with a family member over the subject who simply refuses to acknowledge the bare facts and he has this irritating habit of maintaining a social distance if you catch my drift. I have therefore compiled a list of attendances at Stamford Bridge that surpass the record crowd for a Liverpool game at Anfield.


The record for a League fixture at Anfield is 58,757 against Chelsea (who else) in 1949-50.

Here then, are the League attendances at Stamford Bridge that have surpassed Liverpool’s best.


1905-06 v Manchester United67,000
1909-10 v Newcastle United.   70,000
1912-13 v Aston Villa.               65,000
1913-14 v Tottenham Hotspur 61,500
1913-14 v Aston Villa.               65,000
1919-20 v Everton.                   60,000
1919-20 v Arsenal.                   60,000
1919-20 v Aston Villa.               70,000
1920-21 v Tottenham Hotspur76,000
1920-21 v Arsenal.                     60,000
1921-22 v Tottenham Hotspur.60,000
1921-22 v Middlesbrough.       67,000
1921-22 v Cardiff City.               65,000
1921-22 v Aston Villa.               59,557
1930-31 v Arsenal.                     75,334
1931-32 v Arsenal.                     64,427
1932-33 v Arsenal.                   74,190
1933-34 v Tottenham Hotspur.67,454
1935-36 v Arsenal.                   82,905
1935-36 v Sunderland.             61,051
1936-37 v Charlton Athletic.   64,463
1937-38 v Arsenal.                   75,952
1938-39 v Arsenal.                   64,256
1946-47 v Bolton Wanderers62,850
1946-47 v Charlton Athletic.   64,458
1946-47 v Stoke City.               68,189
1946-47 v Aston Villa.             65,185
1946-47 v Arsenal.                   70,257
1947-48 v Derby County.       59,919
1947-48 v Aston Villa.             64,500
1947-48 v Arsenal.                   67,277
1947-48 v Manchester City.   64,396
1948-49 v Blackpool.               77,696
1948-49 v Manchester United62,542
1948-49 v Derby County.         60,299
1949-50 v Arsenal.                   63,196
1949-50 v Derby County.         59,036
1949-50 v Manchester United61,357
1950-51 v Tottenham Hotspur65,992
1951-52 v Arsenal.                     59,143
1952-53 v Wolverhampton W. 63,781
1952-53 v Tottenham Hotspur62,693
1952-53 v Arsenal.                     72,614
1953-54 v Arsenal.                     60,652
1953-54 v Cardiff City.               61,336
1953-54 v Wolverhampton W. 60,276
1953-54 v Manchester City.     59,794
1954-55 v Everton.                   59,199
1954-55 v West Bromwich A.   67,440
1954-55 v Arsenal.                   65,992
1954-55 v Wolverhampton W. 75,043
1957-58 v Arsenal.                     66,007
1958-59 v Tottenham Hotspur59,183
1958-59 v Wolverhampton W. 62,118
1959-60 v Manchester United66,579
1959-60 v Tottenham Hotspur67,819
1959-60 v Wolverhampton W. 61,569
1959-60 v Aston Villa.               66,671
1962-63 v Stoke City.                 66,199
1964-65 v Manchester United.60,769
1964-65 v Liverpool.                 62,587
1965-66 v Manchester United.60,269
1968-69 v Manchester United.60,436
1969-70 v Manchester United. 61,479
1970-71 v Tottenham Hotspur. 61,277
  

So, that’s sixty five crowds at Stamford Bridge in the League that have surpassed Liverpool’s best. But we’re not finished yet.


Anfield’s all time record is 61,905 for an F.A.Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1951-52.

Here are the F.A. Cup attendances for Chelsea games at Stamford Bridge that have surpassed even this.


1910-11 v Swindon Town.               77,952
1919-20 v Swindon Town.             67,054
1922-23 v Southampton67,105
1926-27 v Burnley.                         63,238
1926-27 v Cardiff City.                   70,184
1930-31 v Arsenal.                         62,475
1930-31 v Birmingham City.         74,365
1938-39 v Fulham.                         69,987
1945-46 v West Ham United65,726
1945-46 v Aston Villa.                   65,307
1949-50 v Newcastle United.       64,664
1949-50 v Manchester United.   70,362
1950-51 v Fulham.                         69,434
1963-64 v Tottenham Hotspur.   70,123
1964-65 v Tottenham Hotspur.   63,205
1964-65 v Peterborough United.63,635
 


So, that’s sixteen crowds at Stamford Bridge in the F.A.Cup that have surpassed Liverpool’s best.
All in all that’s eighty one attendances in League and Cup matches at Stamford Bridge that have bettered anything seen at Anfield.
One game I haven’t added is the Moscow Dynamo game in 1945. Although the club gave a figure of 74,496 the attendance was much higher and it was a friendly.
Just to put the boot in as well, Liverpool’s best in Europe is 55,104 v Barcelona in 1975-66.
Chelsea’s is 59,541 v A.C. Milan in 1965-66.

As far as I know this list is accurate, so please feel free to print this off and the next time a scouser prattles on about “no fans.” waft the list under his nose.

Reproduced with permission from Paul Waterhouse, Bygone Chelsea 1905-99

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