Daily Dose: 14 April 2006

Dan Davies jogs memories once again as he looks back to events on April 14 in years gone past:

PLAYERS SHORT LISTED

14 April 2006 and recognition for our amazing season continues with the nominations for the PFA Player & Young Player of the Year Awards. In the senior category, Chelsea players make up half the shortlist; Cech, Terry & Lampard being joined by Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry and Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson, whilst Arjen Robben is nominated for the Young Player award. Captain Fantastic was to go on to win this prestigious award.

BIRMINGHAM? WHY ?!

2002 saw Chelsea in FA Cup Semi Final action against Fulham, (ludicrously) at Villa Park, Birmingham. 36,147 attended (Highbury holds 38,000). A headband wearing John Terry (looking reminiscent of Brighton’s Steve Foster) scored the games only goal to take us through to a final against Arsenal at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

ALL BRITISH CUP WINNERS CUP SEMI

Chelsea meet holders Manchester City in the first leg of the 1970/71 European Cup Winners Cup Semi Final in front of 45,595 at Stamford Bridge. Stand in ‘Keeper John Phillips keeps a clean sheet and Derek Smethurst’s goal secures a 1-0 victory for the home side.

CHAMPIONS THRASH TOFFEEMEN

One of the few highlights in Chelsea’s attempt to defend their first league title (we were to end the season in 16th position) came on this day in 1956. Roy Bentley scored a hat-trick, Les Stubbs grabbed two, and Jim Lewis the other in a 6-1 victory over Everton.

LEEDS DEFEATED AGAIN

Yesterday we looked back on Leeds United’s suffering at the hands of Mark Hughes, today we remember another victory, this time over Leeds City. Just as was the case in 1996, the 1911 vintage were to go down by four goals to one, with Angus Douglas, Bob Whittingham, William Bridgeman and Vivian Woodward bagging a goal a piece.

Daily Dose: 15 April 2006

Looking back through history with Dan Davies as we remember perhaps the darkest day in English Football History:

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

15 April 2005, and Chelsea are closing in on the title and looking forward to a Champions League Semi Final (for the second season in comparison). However, with no league game this weekend for any of the top 4, thanks to the FA Cup Semi Finals, the players are resting ready for the final push.

RESULT INSIGNIFICANT

Chelsea’s 27 game unbeaten run comes to an end on this day in 1989 with a 2-0 defeat at Filbert Street, Leicester. However the result is put into perspective by the dreadful events at Hillsborough as 96 lose their lives at the FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

SAVE THE BRIDGE

£15 million is the seemingly impossible target as the “Save the Bridge” appeal is launched in 1987. These day’s – far from purchasing the ground, you’d be lucky to buy a lanky strikers left boot for that amount!

FIRST CUP FINAL

Chelsea lost their first Wembley Cup Final on this day in 1944 with a 1-3 defeat by Charlton in the Football League (South) Cup. The Blues goal is scored from a Payne Penalty – 85,000 watch on.

EX PLAYER, EX-MANAGER (1)

Ken Shellito, who was to go on to manager the Blues made his first team debut on this day in 1959, appearing as Right Back in a 3-1 Division One victory at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground. Chelsea goals come from Jimmy Greaves, Les Allen and Peter Brabrook.

EX PLAYER, EX-MANAGER (2)

Eddie McCreadie, former player and manager is born in Glasgow on this day in 1940. Happy Birthday Eddie!

Daily Dose: 16 April 2006

Today we look back on rewards for our players, good times at the Bridge, bad times at Highbury and a very busy Easter 1967 period:

PLAYERS ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED

Amongst the nominees for named on this day for the “2003/04 Player of the Year” is Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, whilst the Young Player of the Year nominations include Glenn Johnson, Scott Parker & John Terry. Parker would go on and win the Young Players award, whilst Frank Lampard has to settle for second behind Thierry Henry in the senior category.

TWO DEBUTS

A three nil defeat of Crystal Palace on 16 April 1990 marks the first team Debut of both Bobby Stewart and Damien Matthew. Bobby’s career is winding down at Norwich City, whilst Damien has returned to his first club and is working within the Blues Youth Academy. The goals way back then came from debutant Stewart, as well as one each for Kerry Dixon and Kevin Wilson.

HEAVY DEFEAT AT HIGHBURY

On our way to relegation from Division one in 1979, Danny Blanchflower’s side go down to a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal at Highbury. Goals from Tommy Langley and Clive Walker never look enough in a season when the Blues were to finish bottom with only 20 points from 42 games.

BIG CROWD, BIG WIN

1965 and 62,587 pack into the Bridge to see two goals from Bert Murray and one a piece for Marvin Hinton and Bobby Tambling help Chelsea to a 4-0 Division One defeat of Liverpool. With the games coming thick and fast, the Blues follow this Good Friday fixture with a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom the following day, and travel up to Anfield for a 2-0 defeat on Easter Monday. Only 13 players are used in this four day period. Can’t see many modern day managers standing for that!

Daily Dose: 17 April 2006

Dan Davies takes us back through time and examines the ultimately disappointing end to the 2003/04 season,, a run-of the mill victory over Tottenham and some heavy defeats:

SECOND CONSECUTIVE GOALLESS DRAW

This day two years ago sees Chelsea suffering from a second successive 0-0 score-line at the Bridge as any hope of us challenging for the title fades further. 41,169 turn up at the Bridge in hope of more but despite Frank Lampard hitting the post twice, the Blues were once again to fail to take the points as Everton travel north having maintained parity. 

ANOTHER GAME, ANOTHER WIN

Once again we can look back through history and see that today marks the anniversary of another victory over Spurs. This time the year is 2001, the venue is White Hart Lane and the Result is 3-0 as Chelsea make it 24 games against Tottenham without defeat. Goals come from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, heading home from a Dennis Wise corner, and second half goals from Gus Poyet and Eidur Gudjohnsen after William Korsten had been sent off for our unfortunate (!) opponents.

BIG DEFEAT AT OLD TRAFFORD

This day in 1948 sees the Blues shipping in 5 in a rare defeat at Old Trafford. Manchester United were to end the season as title runners up (to Arsenal) whilst only a point separated 18th placed Chelsea from relegation.

SPARSE CROWD & SPARSE ENTERTAINMENT

17 April 1929 and little more than 7,000 are at the Bridge to see the Blues go down 5-2 to West Bromwich Albion in a Division Two Fixture. Leslie O’Dell and Sidney Elliot scoring the goals for manager David Calderhead’s side.

Daily Dose: 18 April 2006

The diary today looks back on a memorable near miss in Spain, a memorable near miss at the Bridge, and finally at a day when it all went right:

CHANCE MEETING

Sunday newspaper speculation the previous day led Chelsea to issue a statement denying (thank god!) any interest in signing Rio Ferdinand a year ago today.   Peter Kenyon had bumped into Rio at a London restaurant, an encounter witnessed by the ‘red tops’ and in the midst of the Ashley Cole tapping up controversy, this was mannah from heaven for Fleet Street’s finest. 

SEVEN MINUTES AWAY

After our 3-1 victory at home, Chelsea fan’s of the 2000 vintage travelled to Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium in good heart in a Champions League Quarter Final.

The Catalan side took the lead with their first shot on target after 20 minutes, and their second accurate shot brought a second goal just on half time, but Tore Andre Flo put the tie back in Chelsea’s favour as he capitalised on a misplaced clearance by the Barcelona goalie on the hour mark. Chelsea held on magnificently until a Dani goal on 83 minutes squared the tie. More drama came in the final minute when Rivaldo put a penalty the wrong side of Ed De Goey’s post. Extra time and another penalty for Barcelona, this time scored by the Brazilian, and with Baba sent off, a Dani goal securing the tie for our opponents. Oh, and the referee – Anders Frisk(!)

TITLE HOPES FADE

18 April 1999. Chelsea 2-0 up against Leicester through Gianfranco Zola and Dan Petrescu. Only 10 minutes to go and we are looking likely to close the gap on leaders Manchester United to only one point with 5 games remaining. Suddenly it all changes and our title dreams fade when a Duberry own goal and a Steve Guppy curler deprive us of two vital points.

FIVE PAST PRESTON

1936 and Chelsea stroll to a 5-2 Division One victory over Preston North End at the Bridge. Dick Spence scores a hat-trick and is backed up with goals from Harry Burgess and Eric Oakton.

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