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Stamford Bridge

Sun 17 Feb 2013 12:00 (Attendance: 40,961)


The Blues are aiming to get the better of the Bees at the second time of asking. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton re-examine this west London affair…

The rest of round four may have been a bonfire of the vanities of Aston Villa, Liverpool, Norwich, QPR and Tottenham but Chelsea lived to fight again on Sunday only thanks to Fernando Torres's late strike.

Brentford's task in adding the FA Cup holders to that toll on Sunday at Stamford Bridge is a formidable one. Only once in 14 years of the tournament have the Blues not contested the fifth round.

Last season Championship Birmingham earned a draw at the Bridge that was followed up with a 2-0 success at St Andrew's en route to winning the trophy. In the third round of 2008/09, another FA Cup-winning season, League One Southend forced a replay that the Blues won 4-1 at Roots Hall. Second-tier Watford held Claudio Ranieri's Blues in 2004, only to go down 4-0 in the second game at the Bridge.

The last lower league team to beat Chelsea in a replay in this competition were Millwall in 1995, 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw on the Fulham Road.

Chelsea are unbeaten in 25 FA Cup matches (excluding penalty shoot-outs). Our last defeat in the competition was at Barnsley five years ago in March 2008.

It has been a year for the felling of Premier League timber - just six others made it into the fifth-round draw. One more will definitely progress no further as Manchester United have been pitted against Reading. Luton Town are only the seventh non-league club to have made it this far since World War Two.

All of which should have the surviving top-flight sides very excited. No team below the elite level has lifted the silverware since West Ham in 1980, victors over Arsenal.

It will be a fantastic occasion for Brentford's fans who fill the Shed End on Sunday for our first competitive meeting at Stamford Bridge for over 66 years. Their valiant players earned a mid-season break in Dubai to recharge the batteries after pushing the Blues all the way.

Oscar Chelsea

Since then they have lost to Yeovil, drawn with Bury and beaten Stevenage to stand sixth in League One, well within a tilt at the play-offs. Chelsea have drawn at Reading, lost at Newcastle and beaten Wigan and Sparta Prague.

There has to be a victor on Sunday. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played. If there is still no winner the tie will be decided on penalties.

This is the only tie left over from the fourth round - everyone else in cup action this weekend will play a fifth-round tie.

The winners of our game will play Middlesbrough in the fifth round at the Riverside on Wednesday 27 February.

The draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals is on Sunday at approx. 17.55 on FATV, ITV and ESPN, with the ties to be played on the weekend of 9/10 March. Should Chelsea beat Brentford we will share the ball number eight with Middlesbrough.

The full list is as follows:

1 Huddersfield Town or Wigan Athletic
2 MK Dons or Barnsley
3 Oldham Athletic or Everton
4 Luton Town or Millwall
5 Arsenal or Blackburn Rovers
6 Manchester City or Leeds United
7 Manchester United or Reading
8 Middlesbrough or Brentford or Chelsea

FA Cup fifth round fixtures
Luton v Millwall 12.45pm - ESPN
Arsenal v Blackburn 3pm
MK Dons v Barnsley 3pm
Oldham v Everton 6pm - ITV1
Chelsea v Brentford 12pm - ITV1 (fourth round replay)
Manchester City v Leeds 2pm - ESPN
Huddersfield v Wigan 3.55pm - ITV1
Manchester United v Reading 8pm - ESPN

Barclays Premier League fixture
Liverpool v Swansea 3pm

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The first west London derby at Stamford Bridge between our two sides in seven decades will decide who will find themselves three steps from Wembley. Former Blues winger Clive Walker hopes it's Chelsea.

Key battles
'The team have to learn lessons from the first away game. The fact that it was a 2-2 draw against a League One side is all the proof you need that mistakes were made.

'Brentford were a matter of minutes from turfing the holders out of the FA Cup and I am sure their manager will be reminding them how close they were ahead of this replay.

'It was not a great pitch at Griffin Park because of the heavy rain and snow and they adapted better than we did.

'When you're playing a lower league side you know you have the better quality and they are more likely to make mistakes. Errors hurt you most at the back and if you put the ball in their court they will slip up more than you.

'In the first game Chelsea didn't work the ball into the final third quickly enough - lots of tentative square passing that was not suited to the playing surface. Brentford are not at the level they are by accident though they are not mugs, but it was sheer drive and adrenalin that was getting them to the first and second ball before our lads.

'I covered the Prague game and the centre of defence still looked a little vulnerable. We look susceptible to movement and searching balls and Uwe Rösler, the Brentford manager, will know that.

'In my career at Woking I remember in 1996 we played Coventry City in the FA Cup third round when we were in the Conference and they were Premier League. We took 5,000 fans to Highfield Road and drew 1-1.

'The replay was midweek, a winter evening match at our little non-league ground. Apparently - we found out afterwards - they were petrified about losing. As it happened they beat us 2-1 with a late own goal - what a gutting way to go out.

'We were very unfortunate and their edginess was highlighted to us after the final whistle. Our goalie had had a few words with their skipper Gary McAllister and at the end McAllister bundled into our dressing room to continue the row. They were still rattled and he lost the plot. That's how the cup gets to people.

'Gordon Strachan had been in the manager's job a few weeks and he told me years later it was one of the worst ever games for him.

'Rösler will be instilling in his players the thought that they were seven minutes away from beating usand that they can go one better on Sunday. But not all players have the confidence to take that on board - that they can beat the European champions over 180 minutes. Some won't believe it and will not be able to perform to the same level as before.

'At Griffin Park their midfield worked very hard and moved the ball forward well, causing problems. Adam Forshaw and Jonathon Douglas did a great job and ran themselves into the ground.

'Clayton Donaldson fed sub Tom Adeyemi almost unchallenged for the penalty awarded and Chelsea will be looking to avoid that type of scenario. Paul Hayes scored at the Bridge when he was with Scunthorpe during the José Mourinho era, though we eventually came back to win 3-1. So they are far from toothless. Their keeper Simon Moore will also be hoping he is as secure as in the first match.

Brentford v Chelsea

'Of course the circumstances are different. It's our pitch, our fans, and it will be intimidating to them - they may feel their lifetime's chance has passed. The surprise element has gone.

'The pitch was difficult and only Oscar really dealt with it for us with that great dribbled goal, - similar to the one at Prague. Petr Cech's presence will make a big difference in this game, and Demba Ba had an impact, setting up Fernando Torres's late equaliser.

'David Luiz is available after being suspended in Europe and he makes a difference. Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi have returned to training after their successful exertions in South Africa.

'This will have pleased Rafa Benitez no end because it gives him more choices over, as ever, a busy schedule. After this we face Sparta at home on Thursday, then a massive game away to Man City next Sunday.

'We have to respect Brentford but the manager will want to field strong sides against our Europa League and Premier League opponents. John Terry may well start today and there is likely to be some experience as well as a run out for less regular players. Ryan Bertrand, Marko Marin and Yossi Benayoun are in the running for places, as are the Nigerians.

'The likes of Nathan Ake and George Saville deserve some time on the pitch but perhaps not until, hopefully, a few Chelsea goals have gone in.

'Whoever plays, there are no excuses not to be on the mark. We should finish this sort of game very quickly with the right mental attitude.'

Squad fitness news
Only Oriol Romeu (knee) is unavailable for Chelsea. Brentford have no fresh injury concerns. Striker Farid El-Alagui and midfielder Kevin O'Connor have long-term injuries.

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Chelsea and Brentford meet for only the 13th time in competitive football. Ten of them were in the old First Division between 1935 and 1947.

George Wilkins - father of Chelsea's Ray, Graham and Steve - played for the Bees when we used to meet in the 1940s, and he featured in the last First Division encounter at Stamford Bridge on 9 November 1946.

Just ahead of the game, in a Daily Mirror poll to determine Britain's best XI, the readership had elected Tommy Lawton as centre-forward on a landslide: 77% of votes cast. Brentford's Bill Gorman just missed out in the full-back category.

And it was Lawton - one of Billy Birrell's recently acquired 'glamour gang' along with Tommy Walker, Len Goulden and Johnny Harris - who opened the scoring in the first half, although Caledonian Jimmy Bain caused the visitors immense problems down the left wing.

The Bees' defence held firm in the face of a battering, though, and Hopkins equalised for them against the run of play. Scores remained even until late on when stylish Scottish inside right Walker (pictured below) put the Blues ahead and Bain capped his fine afternoon with a third. Hopkins pulled another back for Brentford but too late in the day to affect the result.

Walker Chelsea

Our last meeting at Stamford Bridge was over 66 years ago in the old First Division. Chelsea won 3-2 with goals from Tommy Walker, Tommy Lawton and Jimmy Bain. Idris Hopkins scored a brace for the Bees.

Chelsea v Brentford at Stamford Bridge
1935/36 Chelsea won 2-1 Old First Division
1936/37 Chelsea won 2-1 Old First Division
1937/38 Chelsea won 2-1 Old First Division
1938/39 Brentford won 3-1 Old First Division
1946/47 Chelsea won 3-2 Old First Division


Chelsea v Brentford in all competitions
Games played 12
Chelsea wins 6
Bees wins 4
Draws 2

Biggest win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 3-2 Brentford - 09/11/1946 (Old Division One)
Chelsea 1-3 Brentford - 25/02/1939 (Old Division One)

Chelsea were beaten by a third-tier club in the FA Cup: 8,421
Brentford reached the FA Cup fifth round: 2,576
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,828
Liverpool won the league: 8,323

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Chelsea in the FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
Semi-finalists: 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1966, 1996, 2006

Bobby Campbell was our manager 23 years ago the last time the Blues were knocked out by a third--tier club. Bristol City won 3-1 in January 1990 at a wet Ashton Gate in the fourth round. Kevin Wilson was our scorer.

Chelsea have won three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena at the end of the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - Quarter-final
2003/04 - 5th round
2004/05 - 5th round
2005/06 - Semi-final
2006/07 - Winners
2007/08 - Quarter-final
2008/09 - Winners
2009/10 - Winners
2010/11 - 4th round
2011/12 - Winners

At Southampton in the last round, Frank Lampard drew level with our all-time FA Cup scorer Bobby Tambling on 25 goals.

Last six results
Jan 23 Swansea (League Cup SF 2 a) D 0-0
Jan 27 Brentford (FA Cup 4 a) D 2-2
Jan 30 Reading (a) D 2-2
Feb 2 Newcastle (a) L 2-3
Feb 9 Wigan (h) W 4-1
Feb 14 Sparta Prague (Europa League a) W 1-0


Scorers Mata 16, Torres 15 (1 pen), Lampard 12 (5 pens), E Hazard 9 (2 pens), Oscar 8 (1 pen), Cahill 6, Ivanovic 6, Ramires 6, Moses 5, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Ba 3, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Terry 1, own goals 3. Total 101

Chelsea's next three games
Thu 21 Feb Sparta Prague (Europa League) home 8.05pm
Sun 24 Feb Manchester City away 1.30pm
Sat 2 Mar West Brom home 3pm

Frank Lampard needs a brace to reach 200 goals for Chelsea and four to equal our all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling.

Congratulations to Nathan Ake who celebrates his 18th birthday on Monday

Formed 1889

Brentford in the FA Cup
Furthest reached is the quarter-finals: 1937/38, 1945/46, 1948/49, 1988/89.

They have only reached the FA Cup fifth round on six occasions since the Second World War.

This season's FA Cup campaign
Nov 3 (1) Boreham Wood (a) W 2-0
Nov 30 (2) Bradford City (a) D 1-1
Dec 18 (Rep) Bradford City (h) W 4-2aet
Jan 5 (3) Southend (a) D 2-2
Jan 15 (Rep) Southend (h) W 2-1
Jan 27 (4) Chelsea (h) D 2-2


FA Cup scorers Donaldson 4, Forrester 3 (1 pen), Trotta 3 (1 pen), Adeyemi 1, Hayes 1, own goals 1. Total 13.

The Bees have won one of their last seven FA Cup games against top-flight opposition over the last 46 years.

2005/06 R4 Sunderland (h) W 2-1
R5 Charlton (a) L 1-3
2004/05 R5 Southampton (a) D 2-2
Rep Southampton (h) L 1-3
1988/89 QF Liverpool (a) L 0-4
1966/67 R3 Sunderland (a) L 2-5

The Bees have won six of their 20 away games this season in league and cup and have lost only five on the road.

Brentford have been involved in seven penalty shoot-outs in the last two seasons, winning five and losing two.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - 4th round
2003/04 - 2nd round
2004/05 - 5th round
2005/06 - 5th round
2006/07 - 1st round
2007/08 - 1st round
2008/09 - 2nd round
2009/10 - 3rd round
2010/11 - 1st round
2011/12 - 2nd round

Manager Uwe Rösler
Days in charge: 617
Played 93
Won 39
Drawn 30
Lost 24

As a player Uwe Rösler scored one goal in five appearances for Manchester City and Southampton against Chelsea but never tasted victory, losing three and drawing two.

Last six results
Jan 23 Swansea (League Cup SF 2 a) D 0-0
Jan 27 Brentford (FA Cup 4 a) D 2-2
Jan 30 Reading (a) D 2-2
Feb 2 Newcastle (a) L 2-3
Feb 9 Wigan (h) W 4-1
Feb 14 Sparta Prague (Europa League a) W 1-0


2012/13 scorers
Donaldson 19, Forrester 10 (2 pens), Hayes 6, Trotta 6 (1 pen), Douglas 4, Dean 3, El Alagui 3, Forshaw 3, Adeyemi 2, German 1, Saunders 1, own goals 2. Total 60.

League One top six
Pld Gd Pts
1 Bournemouth 32 +17 58
2 Doncaster 31 +15 57
3 Tranmere 31 +18 56
4 Swindon 31 +31 55
5 Sheffield Utd 31 +15 54
6 Brentford 31 +13 54


Neil Swarbrick is refereeing his second Chelsea match today. He previously was the official for our 6-0 League Cup win against Wolves earlier in the season.

There are no suspensions.

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Chelsea v Brentford (FA Cup)


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 13
    Victor Moses Substitution
  • 29
    Demba Ba


  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 9
    Fernando Torres
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 30
    Yossi Benayoun Substitution
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand Substitution
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 21
    Simon Moore
  • 14
    Shaleum Logan
  • 5
    Tony Craig
  • 6
    Harlee Dean
  • 24
    Jake Bidwell
  • 12
    Tom Adeyemi
  • 20
    Substitution Toumani Diagouraga
  • 8
    Jonathan Douglas
  • 4
    Substitution Adam Forshaw
  • 9
    Clayton Donaldson
  • 11
    Substitution Marcello Trotta


  • 3
    Scott Barron
  • 7
    Substitution Sam Saunders
  • 23
    Paul Hayes
  • 18
    Lee Hodson
  • 1
    Richard Lee
  • 22
    Substitution Jake Reeves
  • 19
    Substitution Harry Forrester


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Chelsea are safely through to the fifth round of the FA Cup after a resounding win against our west London neighbours.

It was a long time coming, taking until Juan Mata's 54th minute strike from outside the area to put us ahead for the first time in 140 minutes against our League One opposition, but as soon as the Spaniard had struck Chelsea looked well in control.

In the first half we had dominated, with Oscar hitting a post and Frank Lampard volleying wide, but both would be heavily involved in a fruitful second period, as the Brazilian flicked home to double the lead with just over 20 minutes to go, and then Lampard struck Chelsea goal 199 of his career to put the game firmly beyond the Bees. John Terry, back in the side from the start, headed a late fourth to put the gloss on a pleasing afternoon at the Bridge.

Chelsea v Brentford

We can now look forward to visiting Middlesbrough in the fifth round, but first, there is Sparta Prague and the Europa League to contend with on Thursday.

Team news
Terry was recalled for some match action Rafael Benitez said the defender badly needs following a reaction to his knee injury, with Branislav Ivanovic switching to right-back to accommodate the captain.

Also back in the side was Victor Moses, now an African champion, though the game was deemed too soon for his Nigerian compatriot John Mikel Obi. Demba Ba, cup-tied in Europe, replaced Fernando Torres up front.

First half
Brentford's Adam Forshaw brought the game's first moment of excitement with a quick burst forward and snapshot that bounced past Petr Cech's right-hand post, and shortly afterwards Clayton Donaldson headed tamely wide.

Sandwiched between those incidents, Chelsea almost took the lead when Moses was fouled out on the right flank, allowing Mata to cross and Ivanovic to head towards goal, unfortunately his effort dropping just past the far post. Ba produced a similar result from Oscar's cross, and then the Brazilian saw his own effort deflected over by some brave Brentford defending.

Chelsea v Brentford

They might not have brought an opening goal, but the first 20 minutes had given enough encouragement to think the Blues should be able to get the job done in regular time.

Lampard and David Luiz both shot waywardly, and then some brilliant link-up play from David Luiz, Moses and Mata put Oscar in to score, but at the crucial moment he slipped and instead his shot bounced out of play off the outside of the post.

Brentford's goal was living a charmed life, but the visitors could have taken the lead themselves five minutes from the break when David Luiz fouled Forshaw on the edge of the box. The midfielder struck the resulting free-kick straight into the wall, and then saw his follow up blocked.

Three minutes later Lampard had a golden opportunity to become Chelsea's all-time top FA Cup goalscorer, but his 26th in this competition evaded him as he volleyed Ivanovic's low centre wide.

Second half
The opening stages of the second period brought no difference to the action, with Chelsea pressing for an opener and Brentford bravely resisting.

It nearly came through Ivanovic's header, which was well saved by Simon Moore in the visitors' goal, and then a series of blocks denied the Blues, but nothing could stop Juan Mata's low thunderbolt from giving us the lead after 53 minutes.

A long Cech clearance was nodded down and the Spaniard pounced on it, 30 yards from goal, and strode forward with a touch into space before smashing the ball into the bottom corner of the net. For the first time in the tie, we were in front.

Brentford introduced attacking midfielder Harry Forrester immediately as they sought to get level, but it was Chelsea who would score again, through Oscar.

Chelsea v Brentford

Substitute Eden Hazard nicked the ball away from a striped shirt and slipped in Ivanovic, whose low cross found the Brazilian, and Oscar sent a clever flick through his legs and under the goalkeeper to double the advantage.

The game was won and now it was a case of how many goals the rampant Blues would score. Another break found Mata inside the area and when he crossed Lampard was on hand to volley home a third goal to break Bobby Tambling's FA Cup record. This was his 26th in the competition and he was now just three behind the former striker's all-time club total.

Chelsea v Brentford

Nine minutes from time the excellent Oscar turned and crossed to the far post for Terry to head in from a tight angle, and although it meant little in the game, the defender was visibly delighted to be on the scoresheet once more after a frustrating few months.

That was the final goal of the game, though in injury time Gary Cahill almost added a fifth. Now it will be on to Middlesbrough in the fifth round for a place in the last eight of the competition we just love to win.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; David Luiz, Lampard (Bertrand 80); Moses (Hazard 65), Mata (Benayoun 76), Oscar; Ba.
Unused substitutes Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Torres.
Goals Mata 54, Oscar 67, Lampard 71, Terry 81
Booked Ivanovic 69, David Luiz. 84.

Brentford (4-5-1
): Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Forshaw (Saunders 78), Adeyemi, Diagouraga (Reeves 72), Douglas (c), Donaldson; Trotta (Forrester 55).
Unused substitutues Lee, Barron, Hodson, Hayes

Neil Swarbrick

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Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...