Make It Snappy

Our feature digging into the photo archives today looks back at the first time the League Championship trophy was paraded at Stamford Bridge.

With the current Chelsea team to receive the Premier League silverware on Sunday, it is a good time to recall how our first title success was marked back then, but as we reported earlier this week on 1955 captain Roy Bentley’s birthday, there was no presentation of a trophy on the day the league was won, nor indeed at the final game of that season at Old Trafford.

Instead Chelsea fans had to wait until the start of the next season, and a game against Bolton at Stamford Bridge, to catch sight of the first major trophy won in the club’s history.

It is in front of the old west terracing the above photo was taken, with the League Championship trophy being wheeled round on a ceremonial trolley. Also visible are the greyhound racing track and the letters used as code for other fixtures taking place when half-time scores were displayed there. Unfortunately, the occasion was rather dampened by a 2-0 defeat.

All subsequent Chelsea titles have been rewarded with the Premier League trophy. The silverware seen above is now presented to the winners of the English second tier, the Championship, rather than the top flight.