They did it! By beating Tottenham 4-2 on Saturday, the boys in Chelsea blue have made it to their twelfth FA Cup final. The opponents that day will be Arsenal, who beat Man City on Sunday. Chelsea are already 6/5 to beat the Gunners at Wembley on May 27th according to latestbettingsites,co.uk.
Here CFCnet takes a look back at the four best Chelsea FA Cup Finals of all time.
1970 – Chelsea 2 Leeds United 1
Chelsea’s first-ever FA Cup Final win was achieved not at Wembley Stadium, but at Old Trafford. On April 11 Chelsea and Don Revie’s Leeds had met at Wembley and played out a 2-2 draw, with Peter Houseman and Ian Hutchinson netting for the blues. Eighteen days later at Old Trafford Mick Jones gave Leeds the lead after thirty-five minutes, with Peter Osgood replying for Chelsea on seventy-eight. The game moved into extra time, and just before the end of the first half David Webb headed in from a long Hutchinson throw, allowing skipper Ron Harris to get his hands on the legendary trophy.
Chelsea: Bonetti; Harris, McCreadie, Hollins, Dempsey, Webb, Baldwin, Cookie, Osgood (Hinton), Hutchinson, Houseman.
1996 – Chelsea 2 Middlesbrough 0
It was over quarter of a century before Chelsea were to win the FA Cup again (they appeared in the 1994 final, but the less said about Man United’s 4-0 win, the better). In the 1996 final the Blues took the lead after only forty-two seconds. Roberto Di Matteo received the ball in midfield and cracked it home to set a new Wembley FA Cup Final quickest goal record. Chelsea controlled the game throughout and doubled their lead on eighty-three when Eddie Newton scored from Gianfranco Zola’s clever flick.
Chelsea: Grodas; Petrescu, Clarke, Leboeuf, Sinclair, Minto, Wise, Di Matteo, Newton, Hughes, Zola (Vialli).
2007 – Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0
The 126th FA Cup Final was the first to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, and was Chelsea’s fourth triumph (they had won the 2000 final in a dull game against Aston Villa). The Blues became the third team to win both the League Cup and FA Cup in the same season. Neither team could break their opponents defence down, and the game passed into extra time at 0-0. With penalties looming, John Obi Mikel played a one-two with Didier Drogba, who then poked the ball past Edwin van der Sar for the winner.
Chelsea: Cech; Ferreira, Essien, Terry, Bridge, Makelele, Mikel, Lampard, Wright-Phillips, (Kalou), J Cole (Robben (A Cole)), Drogba.
2009 – Chelsea 2 Everton 1
Chelsea won the FA Cup four times in six years between 2007 and 2012. The best final in this run was probably the game against Everton in 2009. Chelsea found themselves behind after just twenty-five seconds when Louis Saha broke Roberto Di Matteo’s record with a low shot. Chelsea went in level at half-time thanks to Didier Drogba’s header on twenty-one minutes. On seventy-two the Blues took the lead when Frank Lampard’s shot flashed past Tim Howard, and Chelsea hung on to claim their fifth FA Cup win.
Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Essien (Ballack), Lampard, Anelka, Malouda, Drogba.