The year that was...

After starting our Carabao Cup fourth round victory over Everton recently, Ethan Ampadu became the first Chelsea player to start a game born after the new millennium began.

The 17-year-old, who was born on 17 September 2000, played in midfield alongside Danny Drinkwater – who also making his first Chelsea start – and caught the eye with a solid performance.

We’ve taken a look back to the month he was born to see what was happening at the club at that time.

Managerial change

Before Ampadu was even born, Chelsea parted ways with manager Gianluca Vialli. The Italian was dismissed just five games into the season after winning just one game during that period. Vialli had previously steered us to FA Cup and League Cup triumphs, as well as the Cup Winners’ Cup in '98. The Italian departed Stamford Bridge on 14 September, with Ampadu arriving in the world three days later. 

Ranieri’s reign

Replacing Vialli was another Italian, with Claudio Ranieri announced as our new manager on the day Ampadu was born. Ranieri spent four years in charge at Stamford Bridge and was the man in the dugout during Roman Abramovich’s purchase of the club. His first game was a cracker too, with the Blues coming from 3-1 down to draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, a match in which Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink scored a stunner too. Ranieri also managed Leicester in this country, leading the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016. He currently is in charge of French side, Nantes. 

End of the road for Roberto

A bad end to September 2000 for midfielder Roberto Di Matteo, as he suffered a triple leg break that would eventually end his playing career. It happened in a game against Swiss side St Gallen, which also knocked us out of the UEFA Cup, when Ampadu was just 11 days old. It wasn’t the last we would see of the Italian at Stamford Bridge though, as he returned for a spell in charge, initially on a caretaker basis, and led us to Champions League glory in 2012. 

Big hitters

The month Ethan was born, American film ‘Scary Movie’ was the big blockbuster hit at the cinema in both here in the United Kingdom and over in the States. Such was the success of the film, it was turned into a franchise with numerous sequels since. On the music front, the British charts listed ‘Lady (hear me tonight)’ by Modjo as the number one during Ethan’s birth month.