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bjd

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So, here we are again. I make this our 17th semi-final since 1994 (am i right?) . Sometimes we really need to pinch ourselves how things have changed. We take it for granted now, but 20 years ago a League Cup semi wouldve been massive, MASSIVE, the game of the season.

Anyone recall Sunderland in 84 , Dale Jasper lest we forget. icon_sad.gif ? Or even worse, EVEN WORSE Sheffield Wed in 1990. If ever a team rolled over and died it was that lot. To a team from a lower division too!!! The noise and expectation from the terrace that day was amazing. Oh dear...

I wont even bring up WHL in 2002. That record gone. Poyet. 346.gif

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Best League Cup semi-finals I can think of would be the 1971/72 games against Spuds.

22 December 1971. First leg at the Bridge, 43,000 crowd, atmosphere electric. We won 3-2 with goals coming from Chris Garland, Peter Osgood, and a Johnny Hollins penalty. All set up for an exciting second leg at WHL!

5 January 1971. Chris Garland scored for us, but Spuds were winning 2-1 with about a minute to go when we got a free-kick over by the left corner flag at the Paxton End - which was packed with thousands of us Chelsea fans. The penalty box was heaving with bodies as Chelsea threw everyone forward for one last effort. Alan Hudson strode up to take the free-kick but totally mis-hit it, and the ball miraculously rolled through the penalty area without a soul touching it........and trickled into the net. 2-2!

Cue mayhem on the terraces as we all went totally mental - we were in the League Cup Final and on our way to Wembley! Having missed out on the 1970 FA Cup Final at Wembley, I was relishing the thought of my first visit to the stadium. As we made our way out of the ground and onto the scummy streets we still didn't know who our opponents would be, West Ham or Stoke City. We were all chanting "We want Stoke", as they definitely seemed the easier option - and we got our wish icon_sad.gif346.gif

On a plus point, we chased the Spuds fans all over the place after the match icon_wink.gificon_lol.gif

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I started following Chelsea in the 93-94 season, and know about our struggles before then. I joined as we were on the up. I have known some tough times (FA Cup final the first season!), but I truly hope some of the newbies on here (I still consider myself a newbie) read this and respect where we came from!

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Forget the semi & quarter finals, even the Milk cup 5th round was a struggle.

Mickey Thomas, Pat Nevin ,Kerry Dixon, David Speedie they all played.

I never forget Harry Carpenter presented Sportsnight late on Wednesday evening, as soon as the programme started he opened with "Boy have we got a game for you". Wasnt far wrong was he ?

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BJD is right. 20 years ago last night's game would have sold out twice over the clamour for tickets would have been so great

Coco, I was at the 4-4 at Hillsboro it is, and always will be, one of my best Chelsea memories. We went mental. And to think that one of the blokes who was with us was so gutted at half-time he wanted to go home!

I was also up at Sunderland in '84 when we lost 2-0 in the first leg. I remember we took thousands up there and it was as cold as a witch's tit. Big Joe dislocated his shoulder and Dale Jasper, (the long awaited future England Captain icon_rolleyes.gif ), came on and played like f**king Bambi on ice. There was trouble with the law after the game and to top it all I nearly stacked the mini-bus driving home.

BJD mentions the Sheff Weds semi in '90 when we inexplicably failed to turn up for both legs. But the previous round against the Spertz felt like a cup-final. Andy Big Nose made Gazza his personal midfield bitch for the evening at sh*te Fart Lane. As per usual after the game the locals weren't happy.

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Was still at primary school when we played Sheff Wed in the 4-4.

My younger brother and I were allowed to stay up and watch the highlights on mid-week sports special or sportsnight but we wasn't told the result. At 3-0 we wanted to turn it off but were told to carry on watching (my mum knew the result) I remember when Cannoville put us ahead we went absolutely bererk jumping all over the bed-room.

Offically hooked from that moment on. Well I was hooked anyway, but that sealed it!

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Doug f*****g Rougvie!! what a prick!

It still hurts to watch the tw*t give away that stoppage time penalty. 346.gif346.gif

All the hard work done, on the verge of something, then we blow it!

Supporting Chelsea - epitomised in one moment!

Never mind, we won the replay! icon_wink.gif

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Doug f*****g Rougvie!! what a prick!

It still hurts to watch the tw*t give away that stoppage time penalty. 346.gif346.gif

All the hard work done, on the verge of something, then we blow it!

Supporting Chelsea - epitomised in one moment!

Never mind, we won the replay! icon_wink.gif

Didnt the replay go to extra time, or am i wrong ?

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Doug f*****g Rougvie!! what a prick!

It still hurts to watch the tw*t give away that stoppage time penalty. 346.gif346.gif

All the hard work done, on the verge of something, then we blow it!

Supporting Chelsea - epitomised in one moment!

Never mind, we won the replay! icon_wink.gif

But sadly not the trophy icon_sad.gif As Lofty mentioned in another thread, who realistically thought we'd ever win anything back then, how times have changed. happy0034.gif

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