Since 1905, the Chelsea Football Club has been one of the biggest names in English soccer and on the world stage, as well. With a long and storied history that includes more than a fair share of twists and turns, Chelsea has long stood out for the grit and resolve of the team's fans as much as that of its players. Through good times and bad, chelsea football club tickets have sold out consistently, with some of the sport's most devoted fans making sure that they players never failed to feel appreciated.

That is not to say that this devotion has not been tested at times, however. Toward the beginning of the 1980s, the club's finances were in a dismal state, with sales of chelsea tickets falling to levels such that the team's continued existence was in doubt. A sweetheart deal with Ken Bates whereby the team was sold for a single pound started to turn things around, however, as the investor began making the moves that would eventually put the team back on track.

That process took some time, however. Even as sales of champions league tickets began to climb again, Bates and his advisors were faced with troubles on another front. Fate intervened once again by forcing the owners of the club's stadium into bankruptcy, an unfortunate-seeming incident that redounded to Chelsea's favor as Bates took advantage. By the middle of the 1990s, the team once again owned the stadium that it had played in for so long, a development that set the stage for an event that would become one of the most controversial in its history.

Although fans today have reconciled themselves to the idea, when rumors surfaced in 2002 that a Russian billionaire was in talks to buy the club, the reaction was at first not kind. Some longtime buyers of chelsea tickets swore that they would never step foot in the stadium once again, even as the deal went through.

What had previously been a source of much angst and fretting, though, turned out to be something of an opportunity. Under new owner Abramovich, Chelsea for the first time in many years acquired a financial security that allowed it to become more competitive, as the team's roster was shored up in productive ways. For the last decade and then some, then, fans of the team have enjoyed a higher level of soccer than they otherwise could have, something that would not have been possible without the new owner's help.