What is Chelsea's record attendance?

Chelsea have never struggled to stuff Stamford Bridge full of singing supporters, but what is this the club’s record attendance figure?

Official record attendance

For all the epic Premier League matches that have taken place in South West London, you will have to cast your mind back to October 12th, 1935 for the Blues’ largest official crowd turnout.

A whopping 82,905 fans rocked up at the Bridge to watch Chelsea draw 1-1 with Arsenal in the old First Division.

Just imagine the noise had Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho been going at it back then…

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Unofficial record attendance

10 years later, around 100,000 football fanatics turned up to the Blues stadium on November 13th to watch a friendly match against Dynamo Moscow.

74,496 people actually paid for a ticket, with the remaining 25,000 odd finding gaps in the ground’s perimeter to squeeze themselves into a seat.

And what a contest it turned out to be. Chelsea and Dynamo played out a thrilling 3-3, giving the Russian guests plenty to discuss on their journey back across the continent.

Record home Premier League attendance

In terms of modern top flight action, the Blues record Premier League audience at the Bridge was on the 30th of November, 2003.

46,824 crammed in to witness Chelsea defeat Manchester United 1-0, thanks to a Frank Lampard penalty.

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Claudio Ranieri’s side went top of the table following that victory over their Red Devil rivals but fell away towards the tail end of the season.

Behind that was 43,417 on Boxing Day of 2008 for a 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion. Lampard and Didier Drogba were on the scoresheet that afternoon.

Other noticeable numbers at the Bridge:

42,328: 4th December 2004 v Newcastle United

42,321: 25th March 2006 v Manchester City

42,316: 5th February, 2006  v Liverpool

Record away attendance

Chelsea’s record-away attendance was also against Manchester United.

26th of November, 2006, Old Trafford contained 75,948 as the Blues held their hosts to a 1-1 draw.

Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Ricardo Carvalho’s second-half header cancelled out Louis Saha’s earlier strike to even out the contest.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.