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Jeunesse Hautcharage 0 Chelsea 8 – Cup Winners’ Cup, September 15th 1971

Chelsea 13 Jeunesse Hautcharage 0 – Cup Winners’ Cup, September 29th 1971

Luxembourg amateurs Jeunesse Hautcharage are possibly the smallest club ever to appear on the European stage. It was an almighty shock, not least to themselves, when they lifted their domestic cup to earn a tie against the holders of the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Their squad included a schoolboy, a 40-year-old forward and most remarkably a winger who had only one arm.

Even so, Chelsea were in no mood to be charitable. Within half an hour of the first game away we were four goals ahead. It was six by half-time and two further goals were added late on. Peter Osgood claimed a hat-trick.

All the talk before the second game was about how many goals we would score and what records could be broken.

As in the first game, the Blues led 6-0 at half time but this time added another seven after the break. Tommy Baldwin scored a hat trick, while John Hollins, Alan Hudson, David Webb, Ron Harris and Peter Houseman also scored.

Osgood’s five goals took his aggregate in the tie to eight but was not enough to win a £5 bet with Peter Bonetti; Ossie had boasted that he would score six.

The 13-0 win remains our largest ever victory and is indeed the only time we have reached double figures while the overall winning margin of 21-0 is still a record win in European competition.

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