Arsenal Football Club
Arsenal Football Club, one of today's most popular football clubs in London, was founded in 1886 as Dial Square. They are easily spotted in their red and white jerseys around Europe. Arsenal is considered one of the most successful clubs in English football. It has accomplished 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups.

This club was subject to many name changes throughout its early years. Started by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich (which is located in south-east London), this club was first known as Dial Square and shortly after, changed its name to Royal Arsenal. In 1893, the club once again changed its name. This time the club would be known as Woolwich Arsenal, a result of becoming a limited company. Also in 1893, Arsenal was acknowledged as the first southern member of the Football League. In 1910, the club became bankrupt due to low attendances, which can partially be attributed to their geographical location. Finally, in 1913, Arsenal moved to its new location at Arsenal Stadium in Highbury, North London, and dropped Woolwich from their name the following year.

Arsenal’s name went through many changes over the years, but not quite as many as its logo did. The following pictures and captions display these changes.

Arsenal's first crest from 1888


The 'monogram' badge as used in the 1930 FA Cup Final


The 'Art Deco' badge as used in the 1952 FA Cup Final


A version of the Arsenal crest used from 1949 to 2002


The Arsenal logo used from 2002 onwards


The Arsenal logo, which commemorated its 125th anniversary, was used only in the 2011–12 season

Not only has Arsenal’s name and crest changed many times, but their home stadium has also changed. While still in south-east London, Arsenal’s home turf was at Manor Ground in Plumstead. This was simply an open field until the club installed stands and terraces for the first Football League match in September 1893. For the next 20 years, this was their home. Then, in 1913, the team made another change: this time it was a location change. The team moved to Arsenal Stadium in Highbury, calling this "home" until May 2006 (Note: many renovations were done throughout the years). Highbury held over 60,000 spectators in its prime days. Finally in 2006, Emirates stadium, Arsenal’s current home, was constructed.


Arsenal has set several records in English football, including the most consecutive seasons spent in the top flight with 84 seasons. They also have the longest win streak in regard to League matches which is set at 49 victories. This included all 38 matches of their title-winning 03-04 season, when Arsenal became only the second club to finish a top-flight campaign unbeaten.

Chelsea FC
The second most popular team in London is known as Chelsea FC. To some, they are also known as The Blues thanks to their blue and white uniforms. Based in Fulham, London, Chelsea was founded in 1905. They play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. Not quite as decorated as Arsenal, Chelsea has achieved four English Champions, six FA Cup titles, and four League Cups as well. They have also won the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup twice.

Chelsea was founded on March 10, 1905 at The Rising Sun Pub and was elected to the Football League shortly afterwards. The club saw very little success in its early years until 1915. Here, they played in the FA Cup Final, losing to Sheffield United. Chelsea had a reputation which could be considered from both a positive or negative perspective. The club signed big-name players, but were also considered entertainers.

Unlike Arsenal, Chelsea only had one home, Stamford Bridge, where they have played since the team was founded. On April 28, 1877, the field was officially opened. For the first 28 years of its existence, it was used almost exclusively by the London Athletics Club as an arena for athletics meetings and not at all for football. In 1904, enough ground was acquired by two businessmen, the Mears brothers, who had an idea of staging football matches on the now 12.5 acre site. Unlike most football clubs, Chelsea was founded to fill Stamford Bridge. Other teams were founded and then had to look for somewhere to play the game.


Since the club was founded, Chelsea has had four major crest changes. In 1905, Chelsea adopted their first crest in the image of a Chelsea pensioner. This crest never made its way to shirts. Then, in 1953, Chelsea’s crest was changed to an upright blue lion looking backwards and holding a staff. These images were all symbols used by the Borough of Chelsea. This was the first crest to appear on uniforms as this policy was only adopted in the early 1960’s. Again, Chelsea’s crest was changed in 1986 as a new owner of the club was brought in. This badge lasted for the next 19 years, with some modifications such as color changes over time. The crests are as follows:


Chelsea's crest, 1905–52


Chelsea's crest, 1952–53

Chelsea's crest, 1953–86


Chelsea's crest, 1986–05


Chelsea's crest, 2005


Chelsea's crest, 2005–06m which commemorated Chelsea's 100th anniversary, was used only in the 2005–06 season
Chelsea holds the English record for the highest ever points total in a league season at 95. They also have the fewest goals conceded during a league season at just 15. Chelsea has the highest number of Premier League victories in a season at 29 as well. One of the biggest accomplishments is their undefeated record. Chelsea had a streak of 86 unbeaten matches from March 20, 2006, to October 26, 2008. One thing that Chelsea and Arsenal have in common is that they were the first clubs to play with shirt numbers on their jerseys. Chelsea was also the first English side team to travel by airplane to a domestic away match against Newcastle United in 1957.