From Bobby Tambling to Frank Lampard, Chelsea have always been blessed with players who can both score great goals, and be a great goal scorer. With Diego Costa currently the chief goal getter at Stamford Bridge, it looks as though Chelsea have got yet another prolific marksman on their hands, with the Spaniard’s goals helping Jose Mourinho’s team live up to their tag as favourties to win the Premier League with the bookies.
Costa, though, has a long way to go to make it onto this list where we take a look at the top 5 greatest goalscorers in Chelsea’s history:
5. Roy Bentley – 150 Goals
Bentley signed for Chelsea in 1948 from Newcastle United for a then expensive transfer fee of £12,000. After a slow start to life at Stamford Bridge which saw Bentley score just three goals in his first four months at the club, his form soon began to pick up. He scored 23 goals in his first full season at Chelsea and after just four years at the club, he was named captain. He led the side to their first League title in 1954-55, scoring 21 goals.
4. Didier Drogba – 160 Goals
Drogba arrived at Chelsea in 2004 as part of Chelsea’s revolution under Roman Abramovich. Although he was one of many foreign stars bought by the Russian billionaire, it soon became apparent that Drogba was one of a kind. He scored 10 league goals in his debut season and he would go on to pass the 20 goal mark twice in the Premier League, winning the Golden Boot in 2006-07 and 2009-10.
Drogba has been a crucial part of the most successful era in Chelsea’s history, winning 3 Premier League’s, 4 F.A Cup’s, 2 League Cup, the Europa League in 2013 and the Champions League in 2012. It was in Europe where Drogba shined brightest. His tally of 35 goals in Europe is a club record and his penalty kick in the final of the 2012 Champions League final finally saw Chelsea fulfil Roman Abramovich’s dream of winning the competition.
3. Kerry Dixon – 193 Goals
Kerry Dixon may not have a trophy cabinet quite like Drogba, but he more than matched his goal scoring feats during his time at the club. Dixon signed for Chelsea from Reading in 1983 and immediately hit the ground running, scoring twice on his debut against Derby County. He would go on to score 32 goals in his debut year, securing promotion to the First Division and the Second Division title, his only piece of silverware. His impact on the First Division was also immediate. Dixon finished joint top scoring with Gary Lineker on 24 goals, taking his tally to an impressive 70 goals in all competitions from his first two years at the club.
2. Bobby Tambling – 202 Goals
Nobody thought Tambling’s record of 202 goals would ever be broken, which goes a long way to explaining how impressive his scoring feats were in a Chelsea shirt. A product of the clubs youth academy, Tambling made his debut aged 17, scoring in a win over West Ham in 1959. Progress as slow after that for Tambling but he eventually got a run of games in the side in the 1960-61 season where he scored 9 league goals in 24 games. That would be the last time he would fail to reach double figured in a league season for Chelsea.
Tambling’s best season came in 1962-63 when he scored 35 league goals in just 40 games and fired the club to promotion to the First Division. Tambling would continue to impress in the First Division, scoring 17 league goals in their first season back in the division. Tambling also scored 6 goals in 7 games in the 1964-65 League Cup which saw him lift his only piece of silverware.
1. Frank Lampard – 211 Goals
Quite simply a goal scoring phenomenon, Frank Lampard scored 211 goals in 13 years at the club, a sensational record for a midfielder. Lampard signed for Chelsea from rivals West Ham and was instantly a permanent fixture in the side, scoring 7 goals in 53 games during his first season. Lampard would reach double figures in ten of his thirteen seasons at the club, with his most productive season coming in 2009-10 when he scored 27 goals. Lampard helped Chelsea to a league and F.A Cup double that year, two of eleven major honours he would achieve during his time at the club.