Bristol Rovers and Chelsea have met 11 times in competitive matches. Chelsea have won double the amount of games as Rovers (6 to 3) and there have been 2 draws. In the first five meetings between the clubs there were no home wins, but since then every game between the two teams has resulted in a victory for the home side.
There was some controversy between the teams in 2005 when Chelsea signed Rovers youngster Scott Sinclair. The two sides did not agree a fee and a Football League Appeals Committee hearing ordered Chelsea to pay an initial £200,000 for the player, in a structured deal that could potentially rise to a total of £950,000 plus 15% of any future profit Chelsea make from the player.
- Last Meeting: 14 March 1981 - Bristol Rovers 1-0 Chelsea
- Biggest Win: 23 February 1980 - Bristol Rovers 3-0 Chelsea
- Biggest Defeat: 29 January 1955 - Bristol Rovers 1-3 Chelsea
- Highest Aggregate Score: 29 January 1955 - Bristol Rovers 1-3 Chelsea
|29 January 1955||FA Cup||Bristol Rovers||1-3||Chelsea|
|29 November 1975||Division Two||Bristol Rovers||1-2||Chelsea|
|1 January 1976||FA Cup||Chelsea||1-1||Bristol Rovers|
|3 January 1976||FA Cup||Bristol Rovers||0-1||Chelsea|
|20 March 1976||Division Two||Chelsea||0-0||Bristol Rovers|
|5 October 1976||Division Two||Bristol Rovers||2-1||Chelsea|
|19 March 1977||Division Two||Chelsea||2-0||Bristol Rovers|
|13 October 1979||Division Two||Chelsea||1-0||Bristol Rovers|
|23 February 1980||Division Two||Bristol Rovers||3-0||Chelsea|
|8 October 1980||Division Two||Chelsea||2-0||Bristol Rovers|
|14 March 1981||Division Two||Bristol Rovers||1-0||Chelsea|
Players to represent both clubsEdit
Below is an incomplete list of players to have represented both clubs
- Pat Baldwin turned pro with Chelsea in 2001, and later had a loan spell at Rovers in 2009–10.
- Clinton Ellis started out as a Chelsea trainee, but failed to make the grade there
- Rhys Evans had a loan spell at Rovers in 2000 while he was a Chelsea player
- David Lee joined Rovers on a free transfer from Chelsea in 1998
- Damian Matthew
- Oliver Norburn was a trainee at Chelsea before joining Rovers on loan in 2011
- Scott Sinclair joined Chelsea from Rovers in controversial circumstances in 2005
- Sam Walker was loaned to Rovers by Chelsea in 2012
- Rob Wolleaston had a loan spell at Rovers from Chelsea in 2000
- Danny Woodards was a trainee at Chelsea
A number of former Rovers managers have played for Chelsea - Bobby Campbell, caretaker boss Ron Gingell and Dennis Rofe all played for the Pensioners. Also on the books of Chelsea at one point was Joe Payne, who once scored ten goals in a single game against Rovers while he was a Luton Town player, an English record for goals in a game.
Both Chelsea and Bristol Rovers were managed by Bobby Gould at the beginning of his career. He got his first taste of management with Chelsea when he was appointed as caretaker boss for two games in 1981, and his first full-time managerial position was with Rovers later the same year.