27th March 2020 at 9:07 am #92229steveosnakeeyeParticipant265 pts
442, did we connect on linked in? it doesnt show you as a contact27th March 2020 at 10:33 pm #92261442Participant65 pts28th March 2020 at 4:06 am #92263
442 – one further positive. We still have a nice healthy pot of gold, well I hope we do, to spend on a whole host of quality players that I think will no longer cost what they were originally demanding in the transfer market, prior to this disaster we are going through. Here to be corrected.28th March 2020 at 3:09 pm #92296steveosnakeeyeParticipant265 pts
im a sure a richard H popped up and i accepted bu then didnt show, may have to again cheers mate
and anyone else that wants to connect that way….
wasnt me in jackass im afraid, im that stupid but not that brave!29th March 2020 at 1:55 pm #92335
“Manchester United could miss out on Jadon Sancho to Chelsea even with Ed Woodward prepared to hand the Borussia Dortmund star a bumper wage packet, reports say. And that’s because the Blues are hoping the fact the 20-year-old supported them growing up will see the winger move to Stamford Bridge, rather than Old Trafford” ??? Sunday Express
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Stevo, just a tip it’s important that you don’t use LinkedIn like Facebook as potential employers will be looking at your CV, profile and what you post. Cheers 9’s9th April 2020 at 2:52 pm #94583CriticalmaKParticipant48 pts
Just watching this myself, thought you lads might appreciate it :9th April 2020 at 3:01 pm #94584CriticalmaKParticipant48 pts
Neville really tried his best to utterly ruin it though, wow that was some truly horrible input there at the end hahah.
That goal from Ramirez was sensational though.9th April 2020 at 3:28 pm #94587
Thanks for the above Mak.
It was really written in the stars two great goals the ball from Lampard for Ramires was outstanding but it was a delightful finish I was so pleased for Torres and some great saves from Cech. Magnicent defending
10 men against all the odds and the Final that followed we really did do it the hard way.
Red Nevs best ever night of commentary imo. I loved it.😊18th April 2020 at 10:16 am #9617818th April 2020 at 10:45 am #96183
😊😊😊27th April 2020 at 8:14 pm #10067127th April 2020 at 8:48 pm #100681
Pagan, ha,ha, it certainly was brutal.
As I’ve said before April 29th 1970 was probably the best night of my Chelsea supporting life standing in the Stretford End jam packed with Chelsea fans with my Chelsea supporting mates alongside me. And what a journey home on the train too I had no voice the next day.😊29th April 2020 at 6:11 pm #102434
Was it really 50 years ago today?
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the day we first laid hands on a trophy we had been chasing for over 60 years.
Chelsea players had come close before. We were losing FA Cup finalists in 1915 and in 1967, three years before many of the same players eventually triumphed. There had been numerous semi-finals too, but at last on a late April evening in Manchester, watched by a packed crowd in the stadium and a record TV audience, Chelsea at last won the Cup.
To mark one of the club’s most-loved team’s most famous days, the game is being shown in full on the 5th Stand app tonight at 7.30pm UK time and it will be available on demand afterwards.
Ahead of that and to further celebrate the anniversary, we have words from some of the key players involved, about events before and after the 1970 FA Cup replay versus Leeds at Old Trafford.
Charlie Cooke – the silky-skilled Scot who made magic in the middle of the park on the night, not least his run and pass for Peter Osgood’s iconic diving equaliser:
It surprised me when I remembered back that there was actually almost three weeks between the final and the replay. There was a lot of time to work up to it and think about it, so it was unusual in that sense, and also the pitches had dried out a bit. I don’t think people realise just how soft and deep the mud was at Wembley for the first game.
John Hollins – the Chelsea youth product and midfield dynamo whose move out to the left flank in the second half of the replay helped revive a trailing side:
That was the danger at Wembley, a heavy pitch. Had it not been for Peter Bonetti and some good defensive work we would have been high and dry, out of the cup.
In the first game Leeds completely dominated and then we nearly nicked it in extra-time, although we wouldn’t have deserved it in the Wembley game. They had dominated that match for sure. By the time we got to Old Trafford, the field had dried out completely. I wouldn’t say it was dusty but it was certainly much firmer and didn’t have a lot of grass down in the middle. That made a huge difference to the game.
We were finishing off the season and there was a feeling you could take care of any injuries and you made sure you were fit. As far as the game itself, it was such a huge thing. People forget the rivalry between Leeds and Chelsea, this was a huge game. Another thing you have to remember is that because the ’67 Final against Spurs was a London derby and we lost it, it was a huge disappointment for all the fans and the club. That was a big weight on the club’s shoulders.
We went on the train to the replay. I don’t think we trained anywhere. We had a run but we just went up there, stayed in the hotel and had a sleep in the afternoon. But you were playing an FA Cup Final replay. How were you supposed to sleep in the afternoon?
Ron Harris – the captain, youth product and enforcer who switched position for the replay and neutralised main Leeds threat Eddie Gray:
You used to get into the train compartments and you’d get people walking through the trains, so you’d always mix with the supporters a little. Ossie used to invite some into the compartment. The only time they stayed away was when we were having our meal. That was always private.
RON HARRIS IN FRONT OF THE REST OF THE SQUAD
Hollins: When we arrived we had scrambled eggs on toast and tea. I had no appetite at all. It was something really light, no steak and chips. You just had to feel like your stomach was full, to get a bit more relaxed and afterwards I remember thinking, ‘I feel great; I’m ready to go now’.
What impressed me most was the fans. As you came out of the tunnel at Old Trafford, the Stretford End was a mass of blue and white and there was a tremendous roar.
Harris: For the replay it was almost like we were playing at home. I’d say we had more fans there than Leeds even though Old Trafford is just down the road for them and it was on a Wednesday night. The vocal support was fantastic. It just erupted and I still get a tingle now when I think about it.
The atmosphere at Chelsea wasn’t as good because of the dog track and the fans were so far away from the pitch so when we went to Old Trafford I felt the support was tremendous. Anybody who played that game will tell you that.
Hollins: The whole feeling was that we had to do something for these guys but unfortunately we went 1-0 down. The whole place fell silent. We are looked around at each other but you could see it had annoyed everyone.
Harris: I do remember at 1-0 it went quiet but when Peter Osgood scored the diving header, the whole place erupted. At that point I think a lot of people would have backed Chelsea to go on and win, only because of the fantastic support.
Chelsea songs were all you could hear and scarves swinging was all you could see. It was absolutely fantastic. When we lost the first goal, Leeds’ confidence was high but once Ossie scored you could see their confidence seeping away. All of a sudden they looked a lot smaller and we knew we had them.
PETER OSGOOD GOAL: CHELSEA 2-1 LEEDS, FA CUP FINAL 1970
David Webb – the defender who completed a fairytale story by scoring the winner, having been given such an awful time by Leeds winger Eddie Gray in the first clash:
We talked about changing the defence as soon as we got on the coach to go home from Wembley. Ron Harris is a tighter marker than me and we thought it would be better if he took Eddie Gray who had given me such a hard time and I looked after Allan Clarke.
We might even have done that in the first match if Ronnie had been fully fit and the way it worked proved what a good move it was. First of all at Wembley I thought the pitch was against me and then everything went against me. To get the winning goal was marvellous after all I went through then.
Leeds thrived for a long time on intimidation but we were too brave for them.
Cooke: We finally deserved it in the end and it was a great event but leading up to the replay, the emotions were all real. It was very much Leeds versus Chelsea and there was a lot of feeling going into that game. Add the fact that it was an FA Cup final, an FA Cup final when they were extremely important as well. You didn’t have the Champions League overshadowing it then. It was the big event of the year.
Let’s not mince words. We all know the reputation Leeds have for hard men. In the heat of the match, when all you can think about is winning, it lifted me to see the way some of them were turning away and appealing to the ref.
Hollins: It was about determination, skill and drive. We had the mentality that we would not let another goal in but we would score against them.
The power and strength of that is amazing. We played 90 minutes plus 30 on a heavy, doughy pitch at Wembley, which took every bit of energy out of us. But all of us had to play; if somebody ran you had to pick him up. It tested everyone to their ultimate level of fitness and skill. It took everything out of us in the replay as well. There were 22 players who gave everything they had and all of them were very good players, but we came out on top.
Harris: The only disappointment for the players was we didn’t have the 39 steps to walk up to lift the trophy; it took a bit of the gloss off it. Everybody will tell you walking up the steps is all part of the whole experience but it never happened for us.
Hollins: At the time the FA Cup was sponsored by the milk board and we were in the bath drinking pints of milk and I was thinking, ‘milk?’ while David Webb was sat in the bath, with a cigarette, saying, ‘We’ve won it,’ while drinking milk. It was quite surreal.
Cooke: I don’t think we drank too much milk. It was a pretty wild group then and we enjoyed a little bit more than milk at that time. The celebrations were brilliant. It was a joyous time, it must have been a bitter moment for Leeds, a tough one to take for them, but we were overjoyed. That was a huge thing for the club, the first big one, Leeds, first historic replay, all these things made it big. A lot of people took time off work, a lot of kids took the next day off school. It was just brilliant for everybody.
Hollins: I remember we had the FA Cup on the train, bacon and egg, a few beers, lots of singing and the journey took no time at all. Then there was an open-top bus which took us from Euston Station all the way down to Fulham Town Hall.
Harris: There were a few blurry eyes on the train, because we’d all had a celebration the night before. Then we had to catch the train back at 7.30 in the morning. But I can remember getting off at Euston and driving on the bus all the way back. That was fantastic. I have never seen so many people in and around Fulham Road. Thousands and thousands of supporters who would have travelled back in the morning. That will stay with me until the day I die.
The supporters were all singing the songs from the terraces and going past a market, people threw up apples and pears to the lads.
Hollins: There was plenty of champagne at the Town Hall. There were thousands of people out the front and we went out on the balcony
Harris: Chelsea had been starved of success and I’m proud of the fact that I’m the first Chelsea captain to ever lift the Cup. It was an historic moment.3rd May 2020 at 9:11 am #105926
Remember it well 999.
My personal condolences to you and your wife and the family regarding your recent loss. Please all stay strong in these tough times. We all pray for better times ahead 🙂
Interesting reading here re Roman’s motivations over 17 years of purchasing and owning Chelsea FC3rd May 2020 at 9:48 am #1059583rd May 2020 at 10:23 am #10598715th May 2020 at 11:29 am #112397
It’s even more difficult currently to formulate a picture of what our transfer strategy might be we are linked with so many players and it’s hard to discern which rumours have any merit.
It looks like we will lose both Willian and Pedro and we’ve already signed Zilyich who looks like a fine capture who has the ability to bring more creativity to the team.
From the outside looking in it looks like we will spend given the Hazard money, the Morata money to come and the potential sale of Bakayoko etc with anything in the region of circa £30m for Bakayoko a major achievement by Marina.
I think we have to be realistic given the state of football on the back of the Coronavirus we probably won’t spend all of what we’ve bring in and we’ve bought Zilyich already which is why perhaps there may be an interest in some free transfers and bargain signings.
Whether there is any truth in the rumours but Boga , Gomes and Mertens fit that profile although Mertens looks a long shot currently.
We have to put our trust in Big Pete, Marina and Frank and hope we can improve the squad at the same time continuing to bring through our own.
It’s all still very hazy and we’ve yet to have confirmed when the transfer market opens and closes.15th May 2020 at 12:02 pm #112421maverick1973Participant615 pts
9s-Mertens is headed for 34,why would teams want him its beyond me.15th May 2020 at 12:56 pm #112457
Mav, seemingly Frank did want him although it looks unlikely now definitely a short term stop gap signing. Lots of big teams to want him though and Napoli would like him to stay.
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