A look back on significant past events on 11 April in years gone by as we remember the 1970 FA Cup Final:
BLUES IN GERMANY
Three years ago today and Chelsea were in Munich, preparing for the second leg of their European Cup Winners Cup Quarter Final tie against Bayern. The main concern in the camp was a “fever” that had stopped Mateja Kezman from training and seen the likely promotion of Mikael Forssell to the substitutes bench.
VICTORY OVER THE WOMBLES.
Our most recent game on this day is the 2-1 defeat of Wimbledon in a Premiership fixture at Selhurst Park in 1999. Chelsea, on their way to third place kept within two points of the leaders after Flo, combining well with Bjarne Goldbaek scored the first, and Poyet, fed by Zola made it two nil. A last minute goal caused some consternation but the Blues held on to keep the pressure on the top two up, and send the majority of the 21,577 crowd home happy.
ANOTHER RUN OF THE MILL VICTORY OVER SPURS
A year previous to the victory over Wimbledon sees Tottenham travel to the Bridge in hope of putting a stop to what was already an long run of poor results against Chelsea. However, as was the case in many games before and since, they return to North London pointless after goals from Flo and Vialli sees the ‘Blues to a comfortable 2-0 Premiership victory.
RARE DEFEAT IN PROMOTION SEASON.
11 April 1977 and the Blues, riding high in Division 2 make the short trip to the Valley for a derby match against Charlton. Charlton were mid-table and not expected to be too much of a hindrance to our promotion charge, but alas it was not to be as Blues ‘keeper John Phillips picked the ball out of his net four times in a comprehensive 4-0 defeat. The set-back however was not to be too significant as Chelsea ended the 1976/77 season in second place winning promotion back to Division One.
With the season ending early to allow preparations for the Mexico World Cup, Chelsea face Leeds United on a sandy Wembley (thanks to the previous weeks “Horse of the Year” Show) in the 1970 FA Cup Final. Two equalisers, the first from Peter Houseman and a late goal from Ian Hutchinson take the game to a replay.
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