FA Youth Cup: 1960
A Chelsea youth squad that included future legendary names such as Peter Bonetti and Bobby Tambling (pictured above) put together an incredible cup run in which they won eight of their 10 games, scoring an incredible 46 goals and conceding just four.
Bert Murray scored for Chelsea in the first leg of the final against Preston North End at Stamford Bridge. That match ended 1-1 and Tambling later admitted, ‘When we reached the final, I don't think we were so fancied and when we drew at home 1-1 with Preston, we all felt we lost our chance.’
However, in true style, the 19-year-old made sure that wasn’t the case for the young Blues as he scored a hat-trick at Deepdale in the second leg, winning us the game 4-1 and the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
Another in addition to Bonetti and Tambling who later made the step up into the senior squad was Gordon Bolland, who amassed 15 goals across the 10 matches of this cup run. He was rewarded with a professional contract after the tournament but due to lack of opportunity and persistent injury, the striker only managed two first team appearances before being released by the club in 1962.
Bolland scored four in each of the first two rounds in which Chelsea beat West Thurrock Athletic 10-0 and Colchester United 9-1 respectively. We could then only manage a 0-0 draw at the first time of asking in the third round against Ford United, but in the replay at Stamford Bridge a month later Colin Shaw scored four and Bolland three in an 11-0 victory. Both legs of the semi-final against Bristol City were won 3-0 and the only other draw of the campaign was the first leg of the final, so smoothly bettered by Tambling and co. in the second leg to secure Chelsea’s first Youth Cup title.