Premiership - April 30th 2005
Chelsea took over the leadership of the Premier League on November 2004 and as the lead stretched to double figures it became a matter of trying to work out when, rather than if, the title could be won.
Early in the long unbeaten run manager Jose Mourinho had identified the April 30 fixture at Bolton as the one where we could end that 50-year wait to become the champions of England. And so it proved, win and we were champions.
Bolton though were chasing a European place of their own and were no respecters of reputation. With several players injured and a crucial Champions League tie coming up the team looked tired and we had to endure an opening period dominated by Bolton’s aerial power.
During the interval, Mourinho made it clear to the players that they were underperforming and the second half was a different contest.
A long kick from Petr Cech was flicked on by Didier Drogba for Frank Lampard to control. Lampard wrong footed two defenders and composed himself for what seemed an age before calmly placing the ball home.
Fifteen minutes later, Cech saved brilliantly and from the corner the ball was cleared to Claude Makelele. He turned and hit a first time pass to Lampard who was breaking from defence. Lampard ran fully 50 yards before rounding the goalkeeper to score and send Chelsea’s army of fans into ecstasy.