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This era was unquestionably my favourite era following Chelsea, it spanned the years when I was 10-14 and still entertaining dreams that one day I could be out there playing for the Blues!

Highlights:

- Relegation from the old first division in the playoffs by Boro

- Coming straight back up at the first time of asking with record points and goals tally

- 7-0 win v Walsall (Durie scoring 5) and 3-2 at Maine Road (inflatable celery!!!!!!!!)

- ZDS Cup win v Boro (Dorigo free kick!!!!!!!)

- Start of our dominance at Tottenham with a 4-1 win at 3 point lane (beautiful lob by Dixon over Thorsvedt)

- First win at Anfield in donkeys courtesy of a screamer by vinnie Jones

- Vinnie getting booked in 4 seconds v Sheff Utd in the FA Cup at the Bridge

- Getting to the semis of the Rumbleows Cup in 1991 (losing to Weds over 2 legs) and stuffing Tottenham 3-0 at the Lane en route.

I'll post more when they come to mind.

Thing I loved abiut this era was how many youth products we had coming through the ranks, from memory:

Myers, Le Saux, Hall, Stuart, Lee, Cundy, Damian Matthew. Theres something about players coming from the youth to the 1st team that all football fans appreciate.

Allright a lot of them never really done as good as expected by I DEFO saw the potential in Le Saux and was gutted when Webby sold him transfer deadline in 1993.

Le Saux in his first spell at the club was really a victim of his own versatilkity as Campbell, Porterfield and Webb played him all over the place and he never really got a steady run in the side in one position, I dont think anyone really had much faith in him which is ashame as he was my favourite player at the time, I ever grew my hair out to be the same as that mop he had. Remember him throwing his shirt on the ground after being subbed Christmas 1992 v Southampton.

Anyway I'm waffling, great days I'm sure you will all agree.

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Welcome to the forum mate, great topic!

Remember the 70 yard run and goal from Tony Dorigo, I think it was against City?

As for early Le Saux, I remember him taking a right verbal and a push from Graham Roberts over a goal going in, maybe looking back it probably done him good. He picked up a few tips for when he met David Batty a few years later at Blackburn.

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Well I'm pretty much the same age as you by the looks of it Benches. I think you've summed up the highlights of that period as far as I can remember right now. One I would add is beating Sheff Weds early on in 89/90 season(I was 12) that put us top of the league. It pissed it down with rain all day, and I remember my uncle treating me to a scarf and a pennant after the game. I think the excitement of going top for the first time in ages got to him a bit, as I also recall he took the whole family out for meal that night. I seem to remember School was fun on the Monday, then we got stuffed midweek.

Going to have to have a good hard think tomorrow to come up with some more.

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Highlights:

- Relegation from the old first division in the playoffs by Boro

You lost me at that point, I'm afraid. Definitely a low point for me and any Chelsea fans I know. As was losing in the SF to Sheff Wed!!

And Gareth Hall coming through the ranks doesn't fill me with nostalgia either.

Anyway - welcome to the Shed End!

MOD - that Dorigo goal at Maine Rd was top class - will track it down on YouTube.

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Ah the ZDS final against Boro, I managed to get a ticket in the Olympic Gallery at Wembley think it was about £40.00, mostly Boro around me amazed that they could afford such prices.

Crap game great goal, there was not many photos in the next days paper but one paper had a great picture of Tony Dorigo with the cup balanced on his head still got the picture somewhere.

Not a patch on the Full members final against City which was like winning the European Cup but was still proud we had bagged a trophy. ::ChElSeaFLag::

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I must be a similar age and so have got some great memories of the same period. I grew up in Essex and was one of only 2 Chelsea fans in a school of well over 1000, fortunately my dad has always been one of my best mates and used to take me to the Bridge if I done well at football training! We also went to a few away games in that period; happy days, sh*t teams, sh*t ground, brilliant fans. How we've progressed as a club!

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Great game, but that has to be our worst ever away kit - even worse than the grey/orange abortion.

Thanks for posting that.

You know whats funny, if that goal was scored by Ryan Giggs pundits would be w**king themselves dry about it, great run and what a great finish at the end.

As far as manky away kits what about that jade number that we had, was pretty rank.

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That red and white away kit was the first ever official kit I had. I was looking at it the other day and still can't believe I bought that just because the home kit wasn't in the shop I was in at the time!

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