DAILY DOSE APRIL THE EIGHTH

By Dan Davies
Apr 8th, 2008

Another daily dose of historical trivia with Dan Davies:

JOE COLE, PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Three years ago yesterday saw JT grabbing PFA player of the month accolade, whilst four years ago days ago today it was Joe Cole picking up an equivalent award, this time from Premiership sponsors Barclays. Two goals in three games (all won) gave him the award, again following in the footsteps of two team-mates already to have won the award on this all conquering season (following on from Arjen and JT).

DIRTY LEEDS DEFEAT US

You have to go back to 1998 for the last time Chelsea played on 8 April. The Blues go down 3-1 to Leeds United at Elland Road in a Premiership Fixture. French centre back Laurent Charvet scored the second of his two Chelsea goals to give the blues a consolation.

BAGGIES BEATEN IN PROMOTION SIX POINTER

1989 and with both sides pushing for Promotion, Chelsea’s 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns is a significant step back to Division One. Captain Graham Roberts, David Lee & Kevin McAllister score the important goals in front of a crowd of 22,858. All the goals came in the first half.

QUARTER FINAL VICTORY.

On their way to the (ultimately unsuccessful) 1967 FA Cup Final, the Blues face Sheffield Wednesday in a 6th round tie. 52,481 are in attendance at the Bridge to see a late winner from Tommy Baldwin send Docherty’s Diamonds on to the semi-final with a 1-0 victory.

DIRTY LEEDS THRASHED

Saturday 8 April 1933 and a Division One clash at the Bridge sees Chelsea send Leeds home with their tails between their legs after a 6-0 victory watched by 31,905. Goals came from George Gibson who got two, supported by singles from Eric Oakton, George Mills, Hughie Gallagher and Stanley Prout.

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