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Chelsea Football Club Ltd.

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Chelsea were founded on 14 March 1905 and were elected to the Football League shortly afterwards. In 1982 Chelsea were struggling financially and the stadium freehold had been sold to property developers, meaning the club faced losing its home. At this point it was acquired by Ken Bates for the nominal sum of £1. Bates then formed Chelsea Village plc which was floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), but after the 2003 close season purchase by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (for £140 million) the club was de-listed. Chelsea FC plc is the company which owns Chelsea Football Club. The ultimate parent company of Chelsea FC plc is Fordstam Limited and the ultimate controlling party of Fordstam Limited is Roman Abramovich.

The club play at Stamford Bridge (capacity: 41,663).

Turnover and pre-tax profit figures are in millions. Figures from 2007/08 and before relate to Chelsea FC Ltd. except where indicated * = Chelsea Village plc. Figures after 2007/08 are for Chelsea FC plc.

Financial Overview

Year
Turnover
Pre-tax profit
Wages / Turnover ratio (%)
Employees

2015/16

329.100

-69.800

68.0

 

2014/15

314.300

-21.300

69.0

 

- - -

- - -

- - -

- - -

- - -

2007/08

190.082

-70.397

84.5

195

2006/07

165.341

-66.779

74.3

183

2005/06

130.410

-78.297

79.5

160

2004/05

122.657

-132.854

78.6

133

2003/04

118.032

-75.895

 

124

2002/03

75.136

-15.277

 

105

2001/02

75.248

-10.477

63.5

 

2000/01

51.326

-5.962

84.7

 

1999/00*

59.246

2.311

68.6

131

1998/99*

44.076

3.499

56.5

108

1997/98*

37.109

3.067

62.8

105

1996/97*

23.729

-0.513

63.9

99

1995/96*

15.948

-2.045

58.5

104

1994/95

13.500

3.395

44.4

88

1993/94

10.900

-1.362

 

88

1992/93

7.891

 

 

 

Average Match Attendances

Season
Ave. No. Spectators

2015/16

41,500

2014/15

41,546

2013/14

41,482

2012/13

41,462

2011/12

41,478

2010/11

41,435

2009/10

41,423

2008/09

41,590

2007/08

41,395

2006/07

41,542

2005/06

41,900

2004/05

41,870

2003/04

41,235

2002/03

39,785

2001/02

39,072

2000/01

34,700

1999/00

34,532

1998/99

34,750

1997/98

32,900

1996/97

27,615

1995/96

25,598

1994/95

21,025

Website: 
www.chelseafc.com

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