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Programme Notes Part 1

The first in a short series of articles from Paul Waterhouse of Bygone Chelsea 1905-99 on the history of the matchday programme.

During the 1906-07 season, a Mr William Grogan, who appeared to be a local artist, drew a number of Chelsea players and they were featured in the match day programme over the course of the campaign.

However, a cartoon that he sent to the club was featured on the cover of the programme for the game against Leeds City on 23rd March 1907. Chelsea won 2-0 in front of 25,000 spectators and George Hilsdon scored both goals.

What is significant is that I believe this is the first home programme to feature a cartoon on the cover, something that would become endearing to Chelsea fans over the decades thanks to Bernhard Hugh and Charles Shaw Baker.

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