Matches between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea have been defined by the story of an underdog challenging one of English football’s powerhouses. In this article, we explore the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. vs Chelsea F.C. timeline, turning the spotlight on their head-to-head record, significant moments, notable matches, and the evolution of this growing footballing rivalry.
Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea have met a number of times since 1933. The Blues have won 13 matches, Brighton have won 3, and 5 have played out as draws. Find the full head-to-head record below:
|January 14, 1933||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||2-1||L||FA Cup|
|February 18, 1967||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||1-1||D||FA Cup|
|February 22, 1967||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||4-0||W||FA Cup|
|January 13, 1973||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||0-2||W||FA Cup|
|September 3, 1983||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||1-2||W||League: Division 2|
|December 31, 1983||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||1-0||W||League: Division 2|
|October 29, 1988||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||2-0||W||League: Division 2|
|March 15, 1989||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||0-1||W||League: Division 2|
|December 26, 2017||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||2-0||W||Premier League|
|January 20, 2018||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||0-4||W||Premier League|
|December 16, 2018||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||1-2||W||Premier League|
|April 3, 2019||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||3-0||W||Premier League|
|September 28, 2019||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||2-0||W||Premier League|
|January 1, 2020||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||1-1||D||Premier League|
|September 14, 2020||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||1-3||W||Premier League|
|April 20, 2021||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||0-0||D||Premier League|
|December 29, 2021||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||1-1||D||Premier League|
|January 18, 2022||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||1-1||D||Premier League|
|October 29, 2022||Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea||4-1||L||Premier League|
|April 15, 2023||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||1-2||L||Premier League|
|September 27, 2023||Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion||1-0||W||League Cup|
Although they first met in 1933, Brighton and Chelsea seldom competed in the same leagues throughout the 20th century – with most of their encounters taking place in the FA Cup or during two short spells as part of the old Division 2 in the 1980s.
From Obscurity to Premier League Rivals
Brighton & Hove Albion’s promotion to the Premier League during 2017/2018 brought renewed anticipation to their meetings against Chelsea FC. At their initial top-flight meeting at AMEX Stadium, Brighton managed to keep Chelsea scoreless – showing resilience against an experienced adversary.
In the 2018/2019 Premier League season, Brighton & Hove Albion faced Chelsea FC twice on opposing sides – first at AMEX Stadium where Brighton took an impressive 1-0 victory thanks to Florin Andone scoring the decisive goal; and again on Stamford Bridge where Chelsea triumphed by three goals to nil.
Over time, Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea FC’s rivalry has continued to progress and flourish. Matches between both clubs have been closely contested with each side showcasing its strengths. Brighton’s disciplined defence has proven challenging for Chelsea’s attacking prowess leading to hard fought matches with tight scorelines and intense encounters.
Notable Performances and Players in Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. vs Chelsea F.C. Timeline
Over the history of Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea FC games, notable performances have come from players on both sides. Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan made important saves against Chelsea attacking threats while influential Chelsea players Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, and Olivier Giroud all demonstrated their skills against Brighton.
The Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. vs Chelsea F.C. timeline shows rivalry developing alongside both teams’ progression in English football. From lower league matches all the way through Premier League battles, each has been filled with excitement and intensity.
As Brighton and Chelsea compete in domestic and European competitions, their rivalry will continue to excite fans and demonstrate the ever-evolving nature of football. As new chapters unfold for these fixtures, their matchup promises more memorable moments and thrilling battles for years to come.