A Chelsea Cup Tie

25th August 2017

The English Premier League celebrated the start of its 25th anniversary season with an exciting seven goal thriller on August 11 when Arsenal defeated Leicester 4-3.

However, the biggest shock came the next day when reigning champions Chelsea crashed to a surprising 3-2 defeat against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, the home of the Blues.

Chelsea bounced back to form in week two when they snatched victory against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium with a goal in the 88th minute.  On Sunday Chelsea are due to line up at Stamford Bridge against Everton.

Stamford Bridge opened as a sporting venue on 28 April 1877 and the Blues have chelseaplayed there since their formation in 1905.  The stadium has hosted a myriad of sporting events over the years including Athletics, Baseball, Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League Greyhound Racing, America Football and Speedway.

Indeed, prior to the first Wembley stadium being built, Stamford Bridge hosted the FA Cup Final in 1920, 1921 and 1922. An oil painting which shows the 1922 Final (played on 29 April) by Charles Ernest Cundall is on display in our Packard Galleries, Palace House.

Born in Lancashire, the artist Charles Cundall studied at the Manchester School of Art. It is therefore appropriate that this work has its permanent home in Manchester City Art Galleries but we are pleased to have this work on display until March 2019.

Cundall was very adept at painting aerial views and his works are full of colour chelsea2and movement. Despite having to learn to paint with his left hand after his right hand was wounded in WWI “A Chelsea Cup tie" presents an eye catching view of the 1922 Cup Final between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.  Huddersfield won the match 1-0 while Liverpool were the league champions.

"A Chelsea Cup Tie" Charles Ernest Cundall (1890-1971) 1923, oil on plyboard, Manchester City Art Galleries.

Stephen Wallis