They have been one of the country’s most successful teams in recent seasons, but 31 years ago they found themselves in what was then called Division Two, now named as the Championship.
The 1988/89 season saw Chelsea promoted back to the First Division, which is where they have remained ever since.
Ahead of the Championship play-off final between fellow west London sides Brentford and Fulham later today, VAVEL Chelsea takes a look into the season that got Chelsea back to English football’s main stage.
Despite this loss, the Blues then began to storm the league, with the likes of Graham Roberts and Kerry Dixon putting in top performances for Chelsea.
Off the mark
From October onwards, Chelsea were really starting to make their intentions known within the league.
They were dominating games, such as a 6-2 win against Plymouth and a 7-0 thrashing of Walsall.
However, their performances in the league made up for it.
From October to April, Chelsea went unbeaten in the league for an incredible 27 games.
However, the title and promotion to the First Division were secured thanks to a 1-0 win against Leeds at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s season concluded at Fratton Park with a 3-2 win over Portsmouth, and it meant they finished as Champions with 99 points.
Since then, Chelsea have gone on to become one of England’s most dominant teams with countless trophies to their name.
Now it is time for the Blues to continue their domestic successes and win the Premier League once again.