The first Chelsea shirt to feature a club crest.
The Lion is derived from the Coat of Arms of Earl Cadogan, President of the club at the time, and holder of the subsidiary title Viscount Chelsea. The Crozier represents the Abbot of Westminster whose jurisdiction extended over Chelsea.
Chelsea finished the1960-61 First Division season in 12th position, scoring a club record, at the time, 100 league goals, whilst conceding the club record 98 league goals. Peter Bonetti and Terry Venables both appeared in 36 league games. Peter Sillett played in 37 whilst Bobby Tambling scored 9 goals in his 24 league appearances.
Jimmy Greaves, always wearing The No8 shirt that season, played in 40 of the 42 league games, scoring 41 league goals, including 6 hat-tricks, bringing his total for Chelsea to 124 league goals in 157 league games between 1957 and 1961.
Chelsea had agreed to sell Jimmy Greaves to AC Milan for £80,000 at the end of the season. At the age of 21 Jimmy Greaves was already one of England's finest players and already one of the greatest goal scorers the world of football would ever see. In the last game of the season Chelsea made Jimmy Greaves captain, and in his last match for The Blues, Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 4-3 at Stamford Bridge and Jimmy Greaves scored all 4 Chelsea goals.
SCORE DRAW Official Retro Shirt Match:
Chelsea 4 v 3 Nottingham Forest.
Saturday 29 April 1961.
Football League Division 1.
Chelsea Team: 1.Peter Bonetti. 2.John Sillett. 3.Allan Harris. 4.Terry Venables. 5.Mel Scott. 6.Sylvan Anderton. 7.Peter Brabrook. 8.Jimmy Greaves. 9.Ron Tindall. 10.Bobby Tambling. 11.Frank Blunstone.