Today’s daily trawl through the archives brings the following anniversaries:
Daily Dose: 9 April
Today’s daily dose of historical trivia as Dan Davies looks back to some memorable semi-finals and other significant victories “on this day in history”:
Chelsea’s seemingly inexorable march towards our first title in 50 long seasons stalled slightly three years ago, when against expectations Birmingham City came away from Stamford Bridge with a point (the first point they had gained ‘on the road’ in 2006). We’d looked likely to lose more than a point when Walter Pandiani gave the visitors a 64th minute lead, but Didier Drogba, nine yards out with nine minutes to go, got onto the end of a Frank Lampard through ball to grab an equaliser.
THE END OF PETIT
An operation on his injured ankle this time in 2004 rules Emmanuel Petit out for the rest of the season. He will never play for the Blues again.
WEMBLEY SEMI FINAL (1)
9 April 2000 sees Chelsea at Wembley for an FA Cup Semi Final against Newcastle. On their way to winning the title, a brace for Gustavo Poyet is enough to beat the Geordies 2-1 in front of nearly 74,000 spectators.
EURO SEMI FINAL
On this day in 1999, Chelsea found themselves through to the Semi-Final of the European Cup-Winners Cup for the second time in consecutive seasons. A close range volley from Tore Andre Flo equalised what was to prove to be an important away goal from Dani, but the Blues were unable score in Spain and so failed to reach the final.
WEMBLEY SEMI FINAL (2)
1994, and on a sunny Sunday at Wembley Stadium, two goals from Gavin Peacock see Chelsea through to their first FA Cup Final in 24 years. 59,989 attend and perhaps the biggest cheer of the day goes to former hero Kerry Dixon, who plays for our opponents – Luton Town.
WEST HAM MAY HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP …
… But they couldn’t match us! 1966 and the International Packed West Ham are sent packing 6-2 in a Division One match at Stamford Bridge. George Graham and Bobby Tambling get two a piece whilst Ron Harris and Terry Venables grab the others, just short of 36,000 watch on.
Happy Birthday today to Cup Hero and former Manager David Webb, born on this day in 1946 in Stratford, East London. Chelsea were the fourth club to get the benefit of Webb’s abilities and physique, Stratford born Webb originally signing for his local club West Ham on Amateur terms, and serving Leyton Orient before his £40,000 transfer from Southampton in February 1968. David Webb came one game shy of 300 appearances in 6 years at the Bridge, and his FA Cup winning goal in the 1970 replay was one of 33 he notched in a Chelsea shirt. May 1974 saw him take the short trip to Loftus Road, and after serving QPR he had spells with Leicester, Derby and Bournemouth where in 1979 his managerial career began promisingly with promotion in his first season as player-manager. Webb returned to Stamford Bridge in 1993 as caretaker manager, and steered us safely away from relegation following on from the debacle left by outgoing coach Ian Porterfield. Despite winning 5 of his 13 games in charge, Glenn Hoddle replaced him as Chelsea manager the following season, and the ‘new’ Chelsea was born.
Daily Dose: 10 April
Despite an Arsenal win three years ago today, our 11 point lead meant that if we could beat the Gunners in our next league fixture, we’d still be on target to claim the title with a win against Fulham, on April 23rd, 50 years to the day since we won our previous title. Expectation was beginning to reach crippling levels.
BORO BORE DRAW
Four years ago today, and a goalless draw at home to Middlesbrough sees manager Claudio Ranieri conceding the title to Arsenal; “I said Arsenal could only lose the title but after the Liverpool match I say well done, they are the champions”.
ANOTHER NIL NIL
Came in 2002 when the result perhaps reflected the proximity of the upcoming FA Cup Semi Final v Fulham.
THE WIDE OPEN SPACES OF SELHURST PARK
1995 and only 7,022 fans are in attendance to see Chelsea draw 1-1 with Wimbledon during their tenancy of Selhurst Park. Frank Sinclair bags the goal for the Blues.
DROY JOY IN DERBY VICTORY
Big & bearded Mickey Droy scores one of his 13 League goals in his 14 seasons at the Bridge in a 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers at the Bridge. Colin Lee grabs the other.
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