Chelsea 3 Leicester 2 / Leicester 0 Chelsea 0

Chelsea 3 Leicester 2 – League Cup Final, March 15th 1965

Leicester 0 Chelsea 0 – League Cup Final, April 5th 1965

Fifty years after our first cup final we at last reached a second.

The League Cup was still in its infancy, this was only the fifth year of the competition but having taken seven games to get past Birmingham City, Notts County, Swansea Town, Workington and Aston Villa we were determined to beat Leicester City and lift our second major trophy.

The Final in those days was contested over two legs and the first was to be played at Stamford Bridge.

There was a surprise in the Chelsea line up with regular left-back Eddie McCreadie pressed into use as an emergency forward, replacing the injured Barry Bridges. Then after 13 minutes an injury to Allan Young, playing his only game of the season, left us with ten men – this in the days before substitutes.

Despite these setbacks we twice took the lead, first through Bobby Tambling and then a Terry Venables penalty, but Leicester twice equalised. Then with only ten minutes left McCreadie received the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and went on a 60-yard run, dribbling past several Leicester players before slotting the ball past England goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

The second game was a more tight and tense affair. Leicester had the better of the game but created few chances with centre-halves John Mortimore and Frank Upton in fine form. The game ended goalless and we had our second trophy.

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