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N’Golo Kanté reaches 200 Chelsea appearances as César Azpilicueta closes in on Top 10 all-time

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As we approach Chelsea FC’s 116th birthday (March 10), we are delighted to add the 93rd player to the 200-appearance club. By coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes in yesterday’s important 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid, N’Golo Kanté has become the newest member of that exclusive collection of legends and heroes.

(He’s probably the only one among the 93 to play each one of his games with a shy smile on his face, while heartlessly and amusingly ruining the days of opposing midfielders.)

Congrats, NG!

Kanté’s 4.5 years at the club have been filled with plenty of wins and smiles and trophies indeed, and hopefully that will be the case for a few more years to come!

Meanwhile, we’re approaching another major milestone in club history, with current club captain César Azpilicueta now just two (2!) appearances away from becoming tenth on the all-time appearances list.

The start last night was his 409th appearance for the club, putting him level with John Bumstead. The next one will be No. 410, same as Eddie McCreadie, currently in tenth. Kerry Dixon (420) and Steve Clarke (421) are within reaching distance as well, which could (should) see Azpi finish the season in 8th place on the list!

No wonder Thomas Tuchel recently called him “everything Chelsea”!

Here’s the complete list of all 137 players who have reached at least 150 appearances in club history. This list is mostly based on The Chels Wiki, which I’ve referenced many times over the years, but which unfortunately hasn’t been updated in almost three years.

All-time Chelsea Appearances

RANK NAME APP'S
RANK NAME APP'S
1 Ron Harris 795
2 Peter Bonetti 729
3 John Terry 717
4 Frank Lampard 648
5 John Hollins 592
6 Petr Cech 494
7 Dennis Wise 445
8 Steve Clarke 421
9 Kerry Dixon 420
10 Eddie McCreadie 410
11 John Bumstead 409
12 Cesar Azpilicueta 409
13 Ken Armstrong 402
14 Didier Drogba 381
15 Peter Osgood 380
16 Branislav Ivanovic 377
17 Charlie Cooke 373
18 Mikel John Obi 372
19 George Smith 370
20 Bobby Tambling 370
21 Roy Bentley 367
22 Harold Miller 365
23 John Harris 364
24 Eden Hazard 352
25 Frank Blunstone 347
26 Colin Pates 346
27 Marvin Hinton 344
28 Peter Houseman 343
29 Willian 339
30 Ashley Cole 338
31 Jack Harrow 334
32 Tommy Law 318
33 Gary Locke 317
34 Graeme Le Saux 312
35 Gianfranco Zola 312
36 Jackie Crawford 308
37 Bob McNeil 306
38 David Webb 299
39 George Barber 294
40 Willie Ferguson 294
41 Gary Cahill 290
42 Ian Britton 289
43 Peter Sillett 288
44 Joe Cole 282
45 John Mortimore 279
46 Vic Woodley 272
47 Peter Brabrook 271
48 Joe McLaughlin 268
49 Nigel Spackman 267
50 John Boyle 266
51 Harry Wilding 265
52 Eidur Gudjohnsen 263
53 Michael Essien 256
54 Walter Bettridge 254
55 Salomon Kalou 254
56 Andy Wilson 253
57 Ramires 251
58 Harry Ford 248
59 David Luiz 248
60 Dick Spence 246
61 Sam Millington 245
62 Pat Nevin 242
63 Tommy Baldwin 239
64 George Mills 239
65 Jim Molyneux 239
66 Terry Venables 237
67 Florent Malouda 229
68 William Gallas 225
69 Clive Walker 224
70 Colin Lee 223
71 Derek Saunders 223
72 Marcel Desailly 222
73 Stan Willemse 221
74 Frank Sinclair 218
75 Paulo Ferreira 217
76 Claude Makelele 217
77 Carlo Cudicini 216
78 George Pearson 215
79 William Gibb Robertson 215
80 Eddie Newton 214
81 Bobby Campbell 213
82 Allan Craig 211
83 Ricardo Carvalho 210
84 Dan Petrescu 208
85 John Dempsey 207
86 Pedro 206
87 Barry Bridges 205
88 David Speedie 205
89 Frank Leboeuf 204
90 John Priestley 204
91 Oscar 203
92 John McNichol 202
93 N'Golo Kante 200
94 Ray Wilkins 198
95 Cesc Fabregas 198
96 Celestine Babayaro 197
97 Jock Cameron 194
98 David Lee 194
99 Kevin Wilson 191
100 Alan Hudson 189
101 Nicolas Anelka 184
102 Erland Johnsen 183
103 Bert Murray 183
104 Mike Fillery 181
105 Tony Dorigo 180
106 Ed de Goey 179
107 Darren Wood 178
108 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 177
109 Eric Parsons 177
110 Roberto Di Matteo 175
111 Eddie Niedzwiecki 175
112 Ron Tindall 174
113 Jody Morris 173
114 Billy Gray 172
115 Fernando Torres 172
116 Gareth Hall 171
117 Fred Taylor 171
118 Jimmy Greaves 169
119 Michael Ballack 167
120 Mario Melchiot 165
121 George Hilsdon 164
122 Steve Wicks 164
123 Tore Andre Flo 163
124 Willie Russell 160
125 Billy Bridgeman 159
126 Albert Thain 159
127 Marcos Alonso 159
128 Dave Beasant 157
129 Harry Medhurst 157
130 Harry Burgess 155
131 Danny Winter 155
132 Nemanja Matic 154
133 Thibaut Courtois 154
134 Gordon Durie 153
135 Tommy Langley 152
136 Jimmy Windridge 152
137 Steve Kember 150