Stamford Bridge - Special Things Happen at Stamford Bridge We Have to Believe
Posted by samyomsan on May 22nd, 2023
Stamford Bridge was first opened in 1877 and served primarily as an athletics venue until Gus and Joseph Mears purchased it in 1904.
England International matches, FA Cup Finals and Charity Shield games have all been hosted here. Additionally, other sporting events held there include cricket and rugby union matches as well as greyhound racing.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes their side still has a chance to reach the Champions League semifinals despite losing 2-0 against Real Madrid in their quarter final tie at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night. He urges his players not to lose hope after suffering such a setback in their opening matchup against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He believes the Blues possess the talent to defeat Madrid in a second leg at Stamford Bridge, but he also wants his players to have faith in each other and the assurance of doing it.
Recent months, Chelsea FC have struggled to score goals at Stamford Bridge and it is unfortunate they weren't able to come from 2-0 down against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final.
Ben Chilwell's red card in the 59th minute ended any chance of an unlikely win against Real. Nevertheless, Lampard remains optimistic that special things can happen at Stamford Bridge and is eager to get a positive result next week.
Stamford Bridge, London's biggest football ground, has a storied past and is one of the most iconic stadiums in Europe. It has been home to Chelsea FC since 1905 and much of that success can be credited to the Mears family who purchased it from London Athletic Club in 1905.
Lillie Bridge, an old sports ground that had hosted notable events like the 1873 FA Cup final and amateur boxing matches, was purchased by the Mears family and turned into a football stadium to house Chelsea FC's new team.
Since then, it has hosted a wide range of sporting events such as greyhound races, cricket matches, American football games and speedway competitions. Furthermore, three FA Cup finals took place here between 1920-1922.
Stamford Bridge's history can be traced back to 1877, when it was mostly used as an athletics arena. In 1904, two brothers named Gus and Joseph Mears purchased the venue with plans of establishing a football team there.
In the early 1900s, Archibald Leitch almost entirely rebuilt the stadium. At that time, there was only one covered seating stand and an expansive open bowl of terraces on three sides.
Following the Taylor Report's requirement that all top division clubs have such facilities, a tier was added to the North Stand to make it the first all-seater stadium in England.
In 1939, the North end of the ground underwent a significant redevelopment with new stands being constructed on Shed End and north side of East Stand. A third tier was added to this stand in order for supporters to sit within same tier as those in North Stand.
Chelsea have long had a reputation for producing players who are talented on the pitch but also possess a charming personality off it. Examples of such players include John Terry and Frank Lampard, two iconic Chelsea greats.
Fabio Capello, the former England manager, has been critical of Koulibaly's performance since joining from Napoli and believes he lacks personality at Stamford Bridge.
Though it's a criticism, it's hard to level at someone with Lampard's level of experience and impressive record. His performances have been rewarded with more first-team opportunities - something the player will surely be pleased about.
Lampard is confident the Blues can retain the title this season and believes they have what it takes. But he knows they must remain resilient and demonstrate character when required, such as in last night's remarkable draw against Ajax which saw them come from four goals down to secure a 4-4 draw.
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