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BLUE IS THE COLOUR

Considered by many to be flamboyant, champagne Charlies, this Chelsea side certainly proved they weren’t Southern softies when they took on Leeds United in the 1970 FA Cup. The final took place in April, a month earlier than usual as part of England’s preparations for the World Cup Finals in Mexico. At Wembley Chelsea were without their influential play maker Alan Hudson but managed to take the game to extra time after Ian Hutchinson grabbed a late equaliser to make the score 2 – 2. No goals were scored in extra time leading to the first cup final since 1912. Although the Wembley was heavily contested it was nothing compared with what happened during the replay at Old Trafford. The game is one of the most notorious in FA Cup history, with both teams kicking lumps out of each other. The action was reassessed in 1997 and if the modern rules were applied to what went on in this foul fest it was worked out that there would have six red cards and 20 yellow! Inbetween the kicking and chopping Mick Jones opened the scoring for Leeds but Peter Osgood equalised which, not only took the game to extra time again, but meant Osgood had scored in every round. David Webb eventually scored the winner and the FA cup was on its way up the Kings Road. The following year Chelsea beat Real Madrid to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup. In 1972 the team pictured, this time including Alan Hudson, recorded the hit single “Blue Is The Colour” to celebrate Chelsea’s part in the League Cup Final which was lost to Leicester.

Prints available in sizes 1000 x 700mm and 594 x 420mm.
All prints come numbered and signed by the artist, Bernard Kelly.
Prints produced by Fine Art printer William Chitham.

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1. Ronald Edward Harris
2. Peter Bonetti
3. Eddie McCreadie
4. John Hollins
5. John Dempsey
6. David Webb
7. Tommy Baldwin
8. Charlie Cooke
9. Peter Osgood
10. Ian Hutchinson
11. Peter Houseman
12. Marvin Hinton