Flying high against the Magpies

It’s a long journey from the north-east of England to south-west London and fans of Newcastle United haven’t had too much to enjoy about their Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge over the past quarter of a century.

Since our first meeting in the Premier League in the 1993/94 season, the Magpies have made the 460-kilometre (286-mile) journey south on 22 occasions but recorded only one win against the Blues, a 2-0 victory in the 2011/12 season.

They have managed six draws but 15 games have ended in defeat including their last four matches in which they have been outscored by 17 to one.

As the Blues prepare to host Newcastle this weekend, we look back at some of the best goals scored by the Blues to maintain our excellent home record against the Toon Army.

Mark Stein – 1993/94

Mark Stein set a Premier League record when he scored in seven consecutive games for Chelsea in the 1993/94 season. He opened that account in a 3-1 defeat at Southampton and continued the next day with a delightful effort in our 1-0 win over Newcastle. Despite playing his second game in 24 hours, Stein showed no ill effects as he was picked out on the right of the Newcastle box by Dennis Wise after 11 minutes and sidestepped a sliding challenge by full-back John Beresford before firing past goalkeeper Mark Hooper at his near post.

Gianfranco Zola – 2000/01

There were not too many scrappy efforts in Gianfranco Zola’s tally of 80 goals for Chelsea and the Italian magician conjured up another fine finish in our 3-1 win over Newcastle in January 2001. With the Blues trailing late in the first half, Zola received the ball from Celestine Babayaro on the left and spun away from a defender before opening up space with a run towards the centre. He bided his time before launching a magnificent right-footed effort from 25 yards which curled past the fingertips of Shay Given into the corner of the net.

Didier Drogba – 2004/05

In his first season with Chelsea, Didier Drogba showcased the power and purpose which Premier League defenders would come to fear when he netted our second goal in a 4-0 rout of Newcastle in December 2004. Running on to a magnificent long ball from Frank Lampard, the Ivorian shook off the attentions of defender Titus Bramble on the edge of the box and opened up his body before unleashing a left-footed shot past the diving Given into the bottom of the net.

Fernando Torres – 2012/13

Having been brought down for the penalty which resulted in Chelsea’s opening goal in our Premier League encounter against Newcastle in August 2012, Fernando Torres then linked up with Eden Hazard to make it 2-0 just before half-time. Striding in from midfield, Torres played the ball towards Hazard who back-heeled it into the path of the Spanish striker who launched a first-time effort with the outside of his right boot which fizzed past goalkeeper Tim Krul into the top corner.

Eden Hazard – 2013/14

Hazard’s only hat-trick to date for Chelsea came in a 3-0 thumping of the Magpies in February 2014. After sweeping in a Branislav Ivanovic cross to break the deadlock after 27 minutes, the Belgian doubled out lead with a delightful second seven minutes later. He received the ball on the left flank and dribbled in towards the box before slipping a pass to Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroonian back-heeled a return pass to Hazard who met it first time with his right boot to give goalkeeper Krul no chance.

Pedro – 2015/16

The pace and sharpness of Pedro cruelly exposed the Newcastle defence in our 5-1 win over the Magpies on their last visit in February 2016. The Spaniard netted two goals in that game with his first putting the Blues two goals up after only nine minutes. Gathering the ball in his own half after a free-kick had been cleared, Rolando Aarons attempted a square pass to a team-mate only for Pedro to pounce on it and run clear before placing a low shot past Robert Elliot into the bottom corner.