Chelsea’s oldest Premier League players

Take a look at the oldest footballers to have made their debut for the Blues in the EPL era – Drogba, Hoddle and more.

It’s a trip through the English Premier League ages when you look at the oldest players to have played for Chelsea since the dawn of the EPL in 1992.

Mark Schwarzer is better known for his long spells in goal for Middlesbrough and Fulham but the Australian keeper, with over 100 international caps, still had time to sneak in as Chelsea’s oldest player.

The last of his four Premier League appearances as Blues’ back up came at Cardiff at the age of 41 in 2014, before he went on to be part of Leicester’s shock title-winning squad well into middle age.

We’re going much further back in time to find an English football legend, who polished off his career at Stamford Bridge in 1995.

Glenn Hoddle had wowed the crowds, chiefly with Tottenham and England, since 1975, before moving into management with the Blues.

There’s also room on the list for a pair of genuine fans’ favourites in west London.

Didier Drogba had already notched a century of goals in all competitions for Chelsea in an eight-year spell before moving to China in 2012.

The Ivorian striker returned for the title-winning 2014/15 campaign, topping out at over 37 years of age against Sunderland.

Italian wizard Gianfranco Zola falls a couple of months short of Drogba, calling time on his Blues career after seven seasons, just shy of his 37th birthday in 2003.

Oldest Premier League players to play for Chelsea

*Data from transfermarkt, figures correct at the time of writing.