Chelsea 4 Liverpool 2 – FA Cup, January 7th 1978
Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0 – FA Cup, February 13th 1982
The late 1970s and early 1980s were grim times for Chelsea fans with very little to get excited about. There were few highlights in an era when financial issues were threatening the very existence of the club yet twice in that time the European Champions were beaten in the FA Cup.
Liverpool had not lost at Stamford Bridge for seven seasons when they arrived for a third-round tie in January 1978, but they were blown away by a fantastic attacking display.
Clive Walker scored early before two goals in five minutes from Steve Finnieston and Tommy Langley put us in total control. Liverpool scored twice but a second from Clive Walker sealed a famous win.
If that was a surprise, the next meeting was a major shock. By 1982 we had been relegated again and were mid table in the Second Division. Liverpool in contrast were league leaders and had won their previous seven games scoring 23 goals.
Not surprisingly, this game had a very different pattern to the one four years previously. A pacy breakaway by Peter Rhoades-Brown gave us an early lead and we had to endure long spells under great pressure. In defence Mickey Droy was outstanding and in midfield Colin Pates shadowed Graeme Souness. Chelsea held firm and a rare attack with eight minutes left saw Colin Lee poke home.
As the final whistle blew, thousands of fans ran onto the pitch to celebrate what at the time was a very rare triumph.