Dan Davies takes us on a trawl through the history books as we look back to the events of 12 April in years gone by:
INTO THE SEMI’S
A 3-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in Germany on this day in 2006 is not enough to prevent our progress to a second Champions League Semi Final in two years. The score-line really doesn’t reflect the game as despite going behind goals from Frank Lampard and an excellent Didier Drogba header gave us a 6-3 aggregate lead before Chelsea relaxed and let Bayern back in with goals in the 89th and 93rd minutes.
Two years ago today and a Chelsea side showing 8 changes from the goalless draw against Middlesbrough two days earlier goes down to an Easter Monday defeat at Villa Park. Despite two Crespo goals, Chelsea go down to a 3-2 defeat. The contrast between Claudio’s blues and Mourinho’s masters couldn’t have been more marked.
MAGIC GUS TAKES US TO ANOTHER CUP FINAL.
Another Semi-Final for Chelsea, this time in the FA Cup against Newcastle. 73,876 watched the game on 12 April 2000 at Wembley Stadium and saw the Blues progress to the Final for the second time in three years through two Gus Poyet goals, the second a trademark header. Rob Lee grabbed a consolation for the Geordies . Chelsea were to go on to face and beat Aston Villa at the last FA Cup Final to be played at the Twin Towers.
1963 and a surprisingly healthy crowd of more than 45,000 largely go home happy after the Blues beat Bury 2-0 in a Division Two fixture. Goals from Barry Bridges and Bobby Tambling see the blues to victory as the season heads towards Promotion back to Division One.
Former Chelsea Striker Mateja Kezman celebrates his birthday today, being born in Zemun, Serbia & Montenegro on 12 April 1979. Kezman was purchased from PSV Eindhoven to team up again with Arjen Robben, but ‘Batman’ never really found his feet in English football, and despite some above average support from the Stamford Bridge faithful departed for Athletico Madrid at the end of his only season (2004/05) having scored 7 goals in 40 appearances. Perhaps the highlight of his time came when his extra time goal helped secure the Carling Cup in the 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Cardiff earlier that season.
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