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Chelsea 1 Wolves 0 / Chelsea 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Chelsea 1 Wolves 0 – Division One, April 9th 1955

Chelsea 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0 – Division One, April 23rd 1955

After 50 years of our existence we were still yet to win a trophy. That all changed in our silver jubilee season. Over three seasons manager Ted Drake was slowly improving the professionalism of the team but by November 1954 the team was still in mid table. Then they embarked on a run of just three defeats in 23 games.

On Easter Saturday, Chelsea entertained Wolverhampton Wanderers, our nearest rivals. It was likely to be a winner takes all contest for the title of League Champions.

Chelsea dominated the game and Wolves’ England keeper made great saves from Eric Parsons, Roy Bentley and Seamus O’Connell. The game remained goalless until 15 minutes from the end when another O’Connell shot was punched over the crossbar by Billy Wright. Initially the referee signalled for a corner until a linesman persuaded him to award a penalty. Full-back Peter Sillett was the calmest of the 75,000 people inside Stamford Bridge that day as he smashed home the spot-kick for the only goal of the game.

Even then there was still some work to do. A goalless draw against Portsmouth meant that a win over already relegated Sheffield Wednesday coupled with a Portsmouth failure to beat Cardiff City would guarantee us the title with one game remaining.

Two goals from Parsons and another Sillett penalty were enough to see off Wednesday. There then occurred an agonising wait to hear that Pompey had drawn and we were champions.

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