Division Two - May 7th 1977
The 1976/77 season had not started well. It was our second in the Second Division and two months before the start of the season debts of £3.4m almost bankrupted the club. Creditors allowed a one-year stay of execution, no transfer fee was paid out while the players generously accepted a pay cut.
Under the circumstances it turned out to be a memorable season. We went top on September 25 and stayed there until April. A typically poor Easter created some doubts but main rivals Nottingham Forest were beaten in our penultimate home game which meant we needed just one point from our final two games, the first of which was away to leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A major backdrop to the game was that following crowd trouble at earlier games against Luton and Charlton, our supporters were banned from attending away games.
That did not deter hundreds of fans travelling to Molineux in the week before the game to buy tickets for thousands of fellow supporters. In the event British Rail decided to lay on a special train just for Chelsea fans.
Our young team started the game well and a flowing five-man move ended with Ray Wilkins setting up the opening goal for Tommy Langley. It was a lead we held until 11 minutes from time when Wolves scored from a corner. After that both teams played out time for a mutually beneficial draw; Wolves were champions and we were back in the big time.