Chelsea 2 Leeds 2 – FA Cup Final, April 11 1970
Chelsea 2 Leeds 1 – FA Cup Final, April 29 1970
It took 65 years, three finals and many broken hearts before we finally lifted the FA Cup. The fact that the team defeated in the Final was dirty Leeds United just made the joy even greater.
The final was a tense affair. In truth, we were second best for most of the match. On a pitch dug up by a recent Horse of the Year show, full back David Webb was given a hard time by Leeds winger Gray.
Twice we were behind but first Peter Houseman scored with a shot that trickled under the goalkeeper, then with just four minutes left Ian Hutchinson headed home a John Hollins cross. There were no further goals in extra time and the Cup Final was drawn for the first time since 1912.
Eighteen days and three league games separated the final and its replay, played at Old Trafford, Manchester.
If the first game had been tense, the second was brutal. Charlton headbutted Peter Osgood while Hunter and Hutchinson traded punches. Peter Bonetti was limping badly after a foul by Jones who scored with the keeper immobilised.
Only 12 minutes were left when Ossie equalised, to keep up his record of scoring in every round – a feat that has not been equalled since.
Fourteen minutes into extra time, Webb, who had such a poor first game, headed home a long throw by Hutchinson. We held for what seemed an age before claiming that long awaited first FA Cup.