1920 - ROY BEARDSWORTH - A NEW CLUB
Chelsea Township circa 1920
The Municipal Councillor was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the football club on its own ground.
The chosen site was at the eastern end of Blantyre Avenue which was then known as Ocean Street.
Now almost 100 years on The Chelsea Reserve is known as "Beardsworth Avenue Reserve".
The colour of the Chelsea jumpers has been predominately blue and white hoops over the years with some notable exceptions as follows:
• During the first three years while playing as Carrum-Chelsea the colours were white, red and blue.
• With the resumption of football in 1919, Chelsea seniors wore navy blue jumpers while the juniors were decked out in blue jumpers with a broad white band. These colours were used by the seniors in 1922 and 1923.
• 1923 seems to be the first year that the blue and white hoops appeared in the juniors.
• Chelsea, at one stage in the twenties, had a second junior team called the Chelsea Stars. They wore blue jumpers with a white star.
• Chelsea seniors wore brown jumpers with a broad yellow yoke in the latter part of the 1920s.
• Chelsea wore blue jumpers with a white yolk in 1948 as the traditional blue and white hoops were not available at the time.
JULY 31ST—ROUND 15
CHELSEA V MOORABBIN
AT THIS STAGE OF THE SEASON CHELSEA HAD WON 10 GAMES OF THE 14 PLAYED AND WERE DEFINITELY POTENTIAL FINALISTS. MOORABBIN WERE ALSO IN THE HUNT FOR A FINAL’S BERTH AS THE TWO TEAMS PREPARED FOR THE CLASH.
BITTERNESS HAD BEEN SIMMERING IN THE CHELSEA CAMP FOR SOME TIME. ADDING TO THE COCKTAIL OF EMOTIONS SURROUNDING THE MATCH, THE OFFICIATING UMPIRE SMITH, HAD RECENTLY REPORTED THE CHELSEA SECRETARY FOR UNSEEMLY CONDUCT RESULTING IN A FINE TO THE CLUB.
THE GAME PROCEEDED AND CONCLUDED WITH A RESULT, A FOUR POINT VICTORY TO MOORABBIN, BUT THE OUTCOMES WERE FAR REACHING AND BEST EXPLAINED BY THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLES WHICH APPREAR IN THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS .