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The mighty Blues beat Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA cup final,  goals from Robbie and Joe La Taxi (Eddie Newton) which was my first major trophy in living memory and I have to say still my favourite. I have thought long and hard about it  despite me being lucky enough to be at most of our major trophy wins since, has to be my favourite. It was a hot day like today, I got back from the match and my parents were having a celebratory BBQ, I ended up in a drunken stupor in the middle of their lawn 😂

what’s your favourite Chelsea memory  ? 

 

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56 minutes ago, andy said:

The mighty Blues beat Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA cup final,  goals from Robbie and Joe La Taxi (Eddie Newton) which was my first major trophy in living memory and I have to say still my favourite. I have thought long and hard about it  despite me being lucky enough to be at most of our major trophy wins since, has to be my favourite. It was a hot day like today, I got back from the match and my parents were having a celebratory BBQ, I ended up in a drunken stupor in the middle of their lawn 😂

what’s your favourite Chelsea memory  ? 

 

My 12 year old self had just sat down with my dad and Grandad. My Grandad was a hammer, never forget their reaction to RDM goal, and how happy they both were.

Few months later my Grandad died. So it remains a very special memory for me.

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4 hours ago, andy said:

The mighty Blues beat Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA cup final,  goals from Robbie and Joe La Taxi (Eddie Newton) which was my first major trophy in living memory and I have to say still my favourite. I have thought long and hard about it  despite me being lucky enough to be at most of our major trophy wins since, has to be my favourite. It was a hot day like today, I got back from the match and my parents were having a celebratory BBQ, I ended up in a drunken stupor in the middle of their lawn 😂

what’s your favourite Chelsea memory  ? 

 

This one for me also.  I remember a Boro fan stole my scarf before the game, but managed to get it back.  The elation after 42 seconds was something else.  Having watched a VHS almost every week on the history of Chelsea I felt like I was living my own 1970.  Was a great memory this day was.

Different time in life for me and also mentioned above, but the Barcelona game was epic.  Was in East upper and still recall Terry's header and Jose running on the field.  What an atmosphere and game.

Scary fact to make you feel old - '97 was 25 years ago, yet the 1970 win I referenced was 27 years prior to '97 - where has the time gone!

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6 hours ago, andy said:

The mighty Blues beat Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA cup final,  goals from Robbie and Joe La Taxi (Eddie Newton) which was my first major trophy in living memory and I have to say still my favourite. I have thought long and hard about it  despite me being lucky enough to be at most of our major trophy wins since, has to be my favourite. It was a hot day like today, I got back from the match and my parents were having a celebratory BBQ, I ended up in a drunken stupor in the middle of their lawn 😂

what’s your favourite Chelsea memory  ? 

 

That FA Cup was "my" first Chelsea trophy after becoming a Blues supporter during the 1994 cup run, which of course ended in heartache.

But I guess my favourite Chelsea memory is watching the match against Man United in Brogan's in 2006 - when we won 3-0 and clinched the title - with a bunch of people from this forum. It was still called the CSR, I think. We were all screaming and jumping, and many a pint was drunk. Also, many a pint ended on the floor after a high trajectory :laugh2:

Pretty special was also the 4-4 draw against A*** - the CL group stage in 2019. After being 4-1 down and having endured several mocking text from people of my acquaintance back home, seeing 2 A*** players sent off unjustly :biggrin: and eventually coming back to a draw felt almost like winning the CL.

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Curiously I have fond memories of the FA Cup tie against Man United in 1998.

Probably a strange one to highlight, seeing as we lost 3-5 at home, and were actually 0-5 down after 74 minutes.  At that point it was probably the most painful football experience of my life, magnified by watching the game with some good friends who were all Man United fans, but whose incessant gloating and carping at that point was enough to spark a mass shooting incident :-) 

And then Graeme Le Saux scored. And then substitute Vialli made it 2-5, and then Vialli again 3-5, and at that point all colour had drained out of the United fans, and we were in full flow, flying, sublime, and completely destroying them to the extent that even with only 2 minutes left on the 90, there was genuine fear from those United fans that we would level the tie, and maybe even win it LOL. 

We didn't of course, and the roller coaster ride ended in glorious failure. 

Chelsea : Ed De Goey ; Frank Leboeuf, Michael Duberry, Graeme Le Saux, Steve Clarke, Dan Petrescu ; Roberto di Matteo ; Gianfranco Zola, Mark Nicholls (sub, Andy Myers), Tore André Flo (sub, Gianluca Vialli) , Mark Hughes

Manager Ruud Gullitt

Man Utd: Peter Schmeichel ; Ronny Johnsen, Gary Pallister, Denis Irwin, Gary Neville ; Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes (sub, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer), David Beckham, Ryan Giggs ; Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Goals: 

  • 23' 0-1 (Beckham)
  • 28' 0-2 (Beckham)
  • 45' 0-3 (Cole)
  • 65' 0-4 (Cole)
  • 74' 0-5 (Sheringham)
  • 78' 1-5 (Le Saux)
  • 83' 2-5 (Vialli)
  • 88' 3-5 (Vialli)

The sort of game that epitomises the ebbs and flows of being a Chelsea fan :-)

 

Another favourite memory from way back, also in the FA Cup, was our 4-2 win against Liverpool in 1978 when we were very much the under dogs, and when I was 11 years old. Clive Walker probably had the game of his life,  scoring twice and earning himself a poster spot on my bedroom wall !

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About 27 years ago I went to see us play Wimbledon at Highbury in the semis of the Cup.

Our front men that day were Hughes and Zola. Vialli was on the bench.

We were expected to win yet Wimbledon were no mugs and though unfashionable achieved 8th that season and had players like Robbie Earle, Marcus Gayle and Dean Holdsworth.

Was never sure about our front men, Hughes seemed to want to volley everything and Zola full of tricks did not play on the shoulder.

Vialli was on the bench and though a great finisher lacked a bit of speed.

Yet it was enough, Gullit had changed the formation to beat the Dons and though not the most flowing match, we won 3-0 yet was not a comfortable win until Hughes dispatched the 3rd on the 90th minute.

Actual most favourite goal was Torres scoring the goal that broke Barca hearts at the Nou Camp in 2012.

 

 

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For me it was the 1990 Zenith Data Systems Cup Final, My older brother was meant to go with my Uncle, but he got himself grounded so my uncle took me instead.... Tony Dorigo Free kick at the old Wembley was magic... been hooked ever since...

Favourite goal I've got to Say Essien vs Arsenal... what a strike or Zola flick vs Norwich utter magic, too many to choose though - Joe C vs Utd to wrap up the title or Ramires vs Barcelona, Hazard Solo goal vs Liverpool.

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