YOUTH CUP SEATS SELLING WELL
A big cup final week for Chelsea begins on Monday when our Under-18s attempt to win the FA Youth Cup for the fifth time in the club's history.
The tie is finely balanced - the team trailing 1-0 to Norwich after the away leg - and a good atmosphere is on the cards for the return at Stamford Bridge with plenty of tickets sold, including a healthy number to the visitors who hosted a crowd of over 21,000 for the Carrow Road match.
Should Adi Viveash's side turn the tie around and triumph in the second leg then they will match the achievement of the class of 1960 and 1961 when the trophy was retained. We then went 47 years to the modern Chelsea era before appearing in the final again. That contest in 2008 was lost to Manchester City but two years later Aston Villa were defeated to capture the trophy, a feat repeated last season when Blackburn were beaten in the final.
Already the club has the third-best record in the history of the competition which was inaugurated in 1953. Arsenal better our four wins having lifted the trophy on seven occasions, the most recent in 2009, and Manchester United are 10-times winners. They triumphed the first five years of the FA Youth Cup and were most recently winners in 2011.
Kick-off on Monday is 7.45pm and if you can't make it along to the Bridge to back the boys then the game is also to be shown live on Chelsea TV.