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.
1. Ronald Edward Harris: "Chopper" Harris is widely regarded as one of the toughest defenders od his era. Despite his fearsome reputation he was never sent off in a League match. He remained ever-present in the side throughout the decade, which saw them relegated twice and promoted once. He lost the club captaincy to the 18 year old Ray Wilkins and finally left Chelsea in 1980 having played a record 795 games for them.
2. Peter Bonetti: Nicknamed "The Cat" due to his safe handling, lightning reflexes and his graceful style. He was one of several goalkeepers who speacialised in a one-armed throw from which he could achieve a similar distance to a drop kick. From the 1960 - 61 season onwards he was Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper for the next nineteen years.
3. Eddie McCreadie: After being signed in 1962 by Tommy Docherty for £5,000, his first season saw him help the side gain promotion to First Division. He became a fixture in defence for the next decade. A talented and pacy attacking full-back with impressive timing.
4. John Hollins: Born into a footballing family - his father, grandfather and three brothers were all professional footballers - he made his debut against Swindon Town in September 1963 aged only 17. A talented and hard-running midfielder, he was known for his dedicated attitude to the game and eventually became club captain.
5. John Dempsey: Signed by Dave Sexton in January 1969 for £70,000. He featured in both, fiercely contested, Cup Final matches against Leeds United, his side eventually winning 2 - 1. He won a number of international caps for the Republic of Ireland, who he qualified to play through his parents.
6. David Webb: Will be forever remembered for his winning goal in the 1970 FA Cup Final replay against Leeds United at Old Trafford. He spent most of his Chelsea career as a right-back but also played in central defence and occasionally as a centre-forward. On 27 December 1971 he played as a goalkeeper for an entire match against Ipswich and kept a clean sheet.
7. Tommy Baldwin: Playing in an attacking role, he scored 17 goals in his first season, including one on his debut against Manchester City. He scored 16 goals in each of the next two seasons, but those years finished trophy-less. In 1971 he helped to inspire the side to a 2 - 1 win over Real Madrid in the Cup Winners' Cup replay in Athens.
8. Charlie Cooke: A flamboyant winger, he was a star of the often self-destructive Chelsea side of the 70's. He played in all three of Chelsea's consecutive Cup finals of the early 70's. He was sold to Crystal Palace for £85,000 but, after 44 appearances, returned to Chelsea to help manager and ex-team mate Eddie McCreadie's young side earn promotion back to the First Division in 1977.
9. Peter Osgood: On 6 October 1966, during the League Cup, he suffered a broken leg from a challenge by Blackpool's Emlyn Hughes which seriously curtailed his progress, and he missed Chelsea's equally graceful but tougher player. His vision and physical pressence were recognised by new manager Dave Sexton who often played him as a midfielder. He was one of only nine players to score in every round of the FA Cup. A truly great talent who died tragically young.
10. Ian Hutchinson: Noted for his impressive hesding ability and for long throw-ins. On his debut against Ipswich Town, one long throw reached the opposite side of the penalty area which an Ipswich defender inadvertently put into his own net. In the notoriously physical FA Cup Final of 1970 against Leeds United, he was often in the thick of the action. Leeds took the lead with six minutes to go, but two minutes later, Hutchinson, limping from an earlier challenge, headed a cross in from John Hollins to take the game to a replay.
11. Peter Houseman: Made his debut for the club in the 1963 - 64 season in a 3 - 2 win over Sheffield United but made only sporadic appearances in his early years at Chelsea. However, an injury to John Boyle helped Houseman gradually establish himself as a regular in the side on the left wing. His most significant contribution to Chelsea came in the FA Cup success in 1970, with Houseman scoring a total of 6 goals in that season's competition.
12. Marvin Hinton: Signed by Tommy Docherty in August 1963 for £30,000. He made his Chelsea debut in a 3 - 1 win at Ipswich Town. Hinton could play at full-back or in central defence and was a stylish, accomplished figure in both positions. He was part of the most successful Chelsea side of the 1960's and early 1970's, earning his first winners' medal with the League Cup in 1965.
Blue is the Colour
Handmade artwork printed in high resolution on premium white art paper. Prints are unframed.
All prints come numbered and signed by the artist, Bernard Kelly.