Finally agreed as Saturday at 3pm, rain between 2 and 3?
Formed in 1905, joined div 2 in 1905/06. Loads of ups and downs from 1st to 2nd., came up with us in 88/89, and stayed ever since. League champs in 1955, 2005 and 06. F.A. Cup winners in 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007 League Cup winners 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007 Euro Cup Winners Cup winners 1971, 1998, 2007, Euro Super cup Winners 1998
Some names/connections : Embankment, Flower show, Pensioners, Kings Road, The Shed, …Clive Allen, Colin Viljoen, Gordon Davies, Terry Phelan, David Rocastle, Max Woosnam, …Suggsy, David Mellor, Tim Lovejoy, Richard Attenborough, SWP, Nicolas Anelka….
Avram Grant’s squad includes : Czech, Terry, Carvalho, Makelele, Essien, Lampard, Bridge, Drogba, Shevchenko, Cudicini,Ballack, SWP, J.Cole, Mikel, Ferreira, Colouda, Kalou, Sidwell, Malouda, Pizarro, Alex, Ben Haim, Anelka, A.Cole.
This season so far : At the Bridge in October it was a 6-0 drubbing. Say no more.
Currently they’re in second place with 71 points from 32 games and 10 wins 3 draws 3 losses away from home.
They lost in the Carling Cup final 2-1 to Spurs, are still in Europe, having just lost the semi first leg 2-1 at Fenerbahce (shudder) but in the FA Cup 6th round astoundingly went out at Barnsley. Their youth team have just drawn 1-1 with us in the final first leg at The Bridge..
Our home form v Chelsea: Last season it was a 1-0 loss in March
Our 1-0 win in 04/05 was our only win in 12 meetings since 1991 – 2-1, and that was our first in 6 meetings since the 6-2 in 77/78. Prior to that Chelsea couldn’t do a thing here, just the 4-1 in 1967 since the war.
Post war attendances ranged from 6,406 Simod Cup in 86/87 to 53, 322 in 1972.
Big results : Losing the 1971 Euro Cup Winners cup semi 1-0 home and away, and the Full Members Cup Final 5-4 in 1986.
Comment : They’re 5 points behind the rags in the title race, and you can’t really see them catching up, so we need to go all out to avenge that 6-0 defeat earlier in the season.
Stats : 40 pre war, and 85 post make it our 126th league meeting and post war here it’s :
Played : 42 won 15 drawn 12 lost 15
Last Pot : F.A.Cup and Carling Cuo in 2006/07
Last Att : 39,420 (2062 Chelsea)
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 12,672 in 82/83
Their current home average : 41,475