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Chelsea v Red Banner of Hungary back in December 1954


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Chelsea v Red Banner of Hungary December 1954


Found this interesting. I hope I haven't posted this before as a New Thread  !

Match Date: Wednesday, 15th Dec 1954 at 14:00
Competition: Friendly
Opponent: V?r?s Lobog? (Red Banner)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 40,452
Half Time: 2 - 1
Result:  2 - 2

Chelsea Team: Robertson, Harris, Willemse, Armstrong, Greenwood, Saunders, Parsons, McNichol, Bentley, Stubbs, Bluntstone.

Chelsea Goals: Stubbs (44), Bentley (45)


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I can't seem to cut and paste this article on the December 1954 game across.

Interesting read.

From the official site last week.


Chelsea have never hosted a competitive game against Hungarian opposition, but visitors from that country, Voros Lobogo (or Red Banner, now MTK Budapest), provided memorable friendly opposition for Ted Drake’s team at Stamford Bridge on the afternoon of 15 December 1954. Interest in the touring Eastern Bloc team was high because the tactically innovative Hungary national side had recently demolished England 6-3 and 7-1.

Among the ‘Magical Magyars’ stars in the Red Banner side at the Bridge were Nandor Hidegkuti (pictured top right, with Roy Bentley), Peter Palotas and Karoly Sandor, and they wowed a big crowd that had paid more than usual at the turnstiles to fund their lofty appearance fees. The match finished 2-2 and included a succession of missed penalties. British Pathe newsreel cameras captured the moments, which can be viewed below...

There might have been a competitive rematch in the inaugural UEFA European Cup in 1955/56 after the Blues won the league title that season and Red Banner were runners-up in Nemzeti Bajnoksag 1. However, while Red Banner accepted their invitation (reaching the quarter-finals) Chelsea, under pressure from the Football League, fatefully did not.

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