All four one
Inside Blue Wed 3 Jan 2018
The Blues will be hoping one of our forwards can emulate the remarkable performance of Bobby Tambling at the home of the Gunners this evening, as we prepare to face Arsenal.
As the man who was Chelsea’s top scorer for almost half a century, it is hardly surprising for Tambling to have enjoyed a few games when everything seemed to fall into place for him.
In fact, the man who fired home 202 strikes for the Blues scored five times in one match against Aston Villa, which is the equal most by a Chelsea player in a single game, as well as netting four times in 90 minutes against four different clubs – including Arsenal.
It was March 1964 when we travelled to Highbury in the old Division One, our first year back in the top flight after promotion and on the way to finishing a highly creditable fifth place, five points ahead of the Gunners.
Tambling finished as our top scorer that season with 19 goals in all competitions, helped in no small part by an incredible showing against our London rivals.
Here are the pictures of each of his goals, which were reproduced in the matchday programme...
‘One thing that sticks out is that the ground was very heavy with a lot of mud,’ said Tambling, who wrote about the game in his autobiography Goals in Life. ‘But we went out and beat them 4-2 with all of the goals scored by me.
‘I loved the mud, but I loved playing against Arsenal more! My record was against them was brilliant on an individual level, obviously aided by those four goals, but as a team we barely lost to the Gunners during my time at Chelsea.’
He’s not wrong there. As well as netting 10 times against them during his Blues career, which was second only to the 11 he scored versus Aston Villa, Tambling lost only one of 13 matches he played against Arsenal while at Chelsea.
He also scored a penalty at Highbury during his days with Crystal Palace, settling a League Cup tie in the Eagles’ favour and securing their first-ever win over the Gunners.