Chelsea’s historic plane trip

This day in football history

This is not a picture from 1957

On 19 April 1957, Chelsea became the first team in England to travel by plane for a domestic away match.

The decision was one of necessity, not extravagance. The Blues played that day against Newcastle, whose St. James Park is just over 280 miles away from Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won that match, then needed to return home to host Everton the very next day.

While Chelsea would ordinarily have returned by bus, the club decided that time was more important than money and chartered a flight back to London. The plan worked, as they defeated Everton 5–1.