Inside Blue Thu 26 Oct 2017
Pedro scored Chelsea's 8,000th goal in the win over Watford last weekend, but do you know which players brought up each of the previous thousands?
Our Spanish wideman has scored some absolute belters in his time at Stamford Bridge, but his curling first-time effort from outside the box to open the scoring against the Hornets might well be his best – and it was certainly worthy of bringing up such a major goalscoring milestone for the club.
It has taken less than nine years for the most recent thousand goals to be scored by the Blues, which is the least amount of time between the milestone strikes on our list. During that time we have set new club records for games played in a season (2012/13) and goals scored in a single campaign (2009/10) so it is perhaps no surprise.
Goal number 7,000 was netted by Nicolas Anelka in a 1-1 draw against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in December 2008. The Frenchman scored 19 times in the Premier League that season to secure the Golden Boot and it is one of only three times that trophy has been won with a tally below 20.
Our 6,000th goal came from the right boot of Gustavo Poyet, a midfielder who scored at a rate not too dissimilar to Frank Lampard during his time with the Blues. The Uruguayan provided plenty of vital goals and though this was not one of them, it's one that should be remembered fondly by Chelsea fans as it was the final goal in a 5-0 drubbing of Arsenal in the League Cup in November 1998.
That effort from Gus came 13 years after our 5,000th. As it was scored in the mid-Eighties, it comes as no surprise to learn that Kerry Dixon was the man who put the ball in the back of the net. Only Lampard and Bobby Tambling have done that more times than the man who finished his Blues career with 193. This goal came in a 2-0 League Cup win over Mansfield and eagle-eyed viewers will have noted a young Kevin Hitchcock in goal for the Stags in the picture above.
Another legendary Chelsea goalscorer was responsible for goal number 4,000. We've all become accustomed to famous European comebacks at Stamford Bridge, but this Cup Winners' Cup success over Club Brugge in March 1971 was one of the first, as we overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit. Peter Osgood netted a brace in our 4-0 win in west London, including the milestone goal, and he would also hit the target later that season as we beat Real Madrid in the final.
There's no doubt that Ossie was the main man at Chelsea, but the scorer of our 3,000th goal had to play second fiddle to arguably the greatest goal-getter in the history of English football. Jimmy Greaves may have taken all the plaudits, but Ron Tindall played a big part in his success in front of goal – and he will always have this milestone to his name, although it came in a 4-2 defeat at West Ham.
When Tommy Lawton signed for Chelsea shortly after World War II it could be said we were signing the best centre-forward in world football and certainly one regarded as among the best of his generation. He didn't disappoint during an all-too-short stint at Stamford Bridge, although his strike to bring up our 2,000th goal came in a 5-2 home defeat by Stoke City. He left a year later to join Third Division side Notts County in a British record transfer.
While the most recent thousand goals came up in record time, the first 1,000 took a little over 20 years – not helped by the stoppage for World War I – and this milestone was brought up by Bob Turnbull in a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough shortly before Christmas in 1925. Previously of Arsenal, where he had been switched from full-back to centre-forward, the Scot was prolific at Chelsea and this goal had helped him to break the 30-goal barrier as our top scorer in 1925/26.