Chelsea FC most appearances

Chelsea FC players with most appearances for the club

Who is the chelsea player with most appearances? All time most appearances by a Chelsea player? Who has the most Chelsea FC most appearances? Here we have Chelsea FC players with most appearances of all time.
Well if you’ve wondered who they are, then we have the answer for you. Here we take a look at the players with the most appearances for Chelsea FC.
Some of the best players for Chelsea ever will be in this list, while others, who were great, may not get into the list eg, Cesc Fabregas. But usually, players with the highest appearances means that they are some of the greatest ever players to have played for the club.
Here we look at the Chelsea FC players with most appearances for the club ever!

Chelsea FC players with most appearances of all time!

  Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
1 Ron Harris 1961–1980 655 64 48 27 1 795
2 Peter Bonetti 1959–1979 600 57 45 26 1 729
3 John Terry 1998–2017 492 58 37 124 6 717
4 Frank Lampard 2001–2014 429 58 34 117 10 648
5 John Hollins 1963–1975,
465 51 48 27 1 592
6 Petr Čech 2004–2015 333 33 17 103 8 494
7 Dennis Wise 1990–2001 332 38 30 38 7 445
8 Steve Clarke 1987–1998 330 36 26 12 17 421
9 Kerry Dixon 1983–1992 335 20 41 0 24 420
10 Eddie McCreadie 1962–1974 331 41 22 16 0 410

Other appearances include: Charity/Community Shield, Football League play-offs, Full Members Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.

Most notable players

John Terry and Frank Lampard are the two most famous players for Chelsea from the last decade that make the list. I remember one season, Lampard broke the record for most consecutive games for Chelsea but then he got sick shortly afterwards. Rumor was , that he still wanted to play!

It’s not a surprise John Terry is so high up in third considering he was at the club for almost 20 years. He is truly, in my opinion the most legendary player at the club.


Other legends such as Ron “Chopper” Harris and Dennis Wise are also heroes at Stamford Bridge along with Peter Bonetti.

Didier Drogba and Branislav Ivanovic were very close to making the top 10 but fall just out of it with 381 and 377 appearances respectively.

Another legend, Peter Osgood, was 14th with 380 appearances.

While current Chelsea star Eden Hazard has over 300 appearances for the club as does Cesar Azpilicueta. So who else from our current squad is in the list?

Captain Gary Cahill is close to 300 appearances for Chelsea Football Club having not played much in the last two years.

Willian has made over 250 for the club. The Brazilian has been in excellent form as of late and he is having one of his better seasons in 2018/19 despite his age.

David Luiz or “Geezer” has over 200 appearances. His number will go up if he stays next season depending on this contract.

Current situation

I suspect a number of players are going to leave Chelsea in the summer this year. Club veterans like Gary Cahill and Luiz may go. While questions still remain over the futures of Eden Hazard.

But even if those players go, there is still hope that the Blues can get better players in the summer and hopefully we can have a good season 2019/20.

Chelsea FC Individual records

Chelsea FC Individual records

The Most appearances in total – 795, Ron Harris (1961–1980)

Most League appearances – 655, Ron Harris (1961–1980)

The Most FA Cup appearances – 64, Ron Harris (1961–1980)

Most League Cup appearances – 48, John Hollins (1963–1975 and 1983–1984) and Ron Harris (1961–1980)

The Most appearances in UEFA competitions – 124, John Terry (1998–2015)

Most consecutive appearances – 167, John Hollins, 14 August 1971 – 25 September 1974

The most consecutive League appearances – 164, Frank Lampard, 13 October 2001 – 26 December 2005

Most appearances in a single season – 64, Juan Mata, Oscar and Fernando Torres, 2012–13

The Most internationally capped player – Frank Lampard, 103 while at Chelsea (106 in total), England

First Chelsea player to play for England – George Hilsdon, 16 February 1907

The first Chelsea player to play for England at the World Cup – Roy Bentley, 1950 World Cup, 25 June 1950

First foreign (non-UK) player – Nils Middelboe (Denmark), 15 November 1913

Youngest player – Ian Hamilton, 16 years 138 days, vs. Tottenham Hotspur, First Division, 18 March 1967

Oldest player – Mark Schwarzer, 41 years and 218 days, vs. Cardiff City, Premier League, 11 May 2014

First substitute – John Boyle, who replaced George Graham vs. Fulham, First Division, 28 August 1965

So those were the Top Chelsea FC players with most appearances for the club of all time.

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Current Squad

The current squad in Chelsea is perhaps the most young side the Blues have enrolled in the last 10 years or so. Player like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen are all Chelsea academy graduates but have little experience of playing top division football in England’s Premier League to be called seasoned campaigners.

There are also players like Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho who are new to Chelsea having joined in 2018. In attack, the striker dilemma has seen Chelsea left with Giroud as the most experienced striker even though he also joined in 2018.

In the wings, Eden Hazard is the mainstay although he might leave this summer depending on what Real Madrid offer him. Chelsea will be hoping another new star Christian Pulisic can fill in those shoes to make up for the lost star in Hazard.

In defence, Azpilicueta is sure to take over the mettle of being the club captain next season with Cahill all set to leave. Kepa is also a new addition having joined the club last summer but he does feel like an old chap and is certainly not shy to confront the big leaders including the gaffer himself!


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