Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea and went on to turn it into one of the biggest and most successful clubs in Europe with a rich history in the 21st century. But even the takeover, the Blues had numerous memorable moments etched in football history. Talking about the history, here are the 5 craziest facts you didn’t know about Chelsea.
5. The Blues once played in the arctic circle
It was a rather snowy affair for the Blues away to Norwegian side Tromso, inside the Arctic Circle on this day in 1997! ☃️ pic.twitter.com/6arn6iqJla
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 23, 2018
On October 24, 1997, Chelsea faced difficulties when they played inside the Arctic Circle against Tromsø – a Norwegian club with part-timers. The first leg game in Norway saw the Blues losing 3-2 but the match is infamous for the conditions in which it was played.
There was heavy snowfall during the game and play had to be suspended twice so that ground staff could redraw the lines by dragging large brooms through the snow. However, the Blues won the return leg 7-1 to put their first leg misery behind them.
4. Chelsea club was once sold for £1 in 1982
In 1982, Chelsea was in serious financial debt and was unable to pay its players. As result, businessman Ken Bates took over the club for £1 while taking on debts of £1.5m! Although the figure of £1.5m in debt may not seem like much now, back in 1982, that was a huge sum.
3. In 2013 a Chelsea player became the only one to score in 7 different competitions in a season
Back in 2012/13, Fernando Tores set a unique record while playing for the Blues. The Spaniard scored for Chelsea in seven different competitions. He broke the previous record held by compatriot and now Chelsea player, Pedro Rodriguez, who scored in six different competitions in 2009. Torres scored for the Blues in the FA Community Shield, Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, Capital One Cup, FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League.