Today’s batch of historical events remembers a special day at Highbury, a comprehensive victory over Leeds, yet another defeat over Tottenham and a record attendance.
END OF AN ERA
This day in 2006 sees Chelsea come to an agreement with Ken Bates to settle the litigation he issued against the club following on from Roman’s takeover. With Ken “paid off” he became free to transfer his love to Elland Road and his association with Stamford Bridge ended after 23 years and 12 days.
FRANCO TAKES US TO WEMBLEY
Any true supporter will be able to conjure up an exact mental picture of one moment from today in 1997. Chelsea, in their yellow away kit attacking the North Bank at Highbury in the FA Cup Semi Final. The maestro, Gianfranco Zola twisting the Wimbledon defence inside and out before unleashing an unstoppable shot. Zola wheeling away, arms outstretched as we celebrated. Mark Hughes scored two goals that sandwiched ‘Franco’s as Chelsea go through to a final against Middlesborough.
LEEDS WALLOPED BY SPARKIE
Glenn Hoddle’s side stroll to a 4-1 victory over Leeds in 1996 with a Mark Hughes hat-trick and one from John Spencer sealing a Premiership success over the Yorkshiremen in front of 21,131 at Stamford Bridge.
CUP FINAL REVENGE
Chelsea gained a measure of revenge over Tottenham on this day in 1968. Defeated by Spurs in the previous seasons Cup Final, goals from Peter Houseman and Tommy Baldwin see the Blues to a 2-0 victory at The Bridge. 53,049 look on.
A then record crowd of 67,000 see the blues draw one all against Manchester United in their inaugural 1905/06 season.
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