FA Youth Cup: 1961

The Chelsea youth team won the FA Youth Cup for the second year running and in some style too, scoring 39 goals and conceding just three in the nine games.

The final, as it is today, was a two-legged affair which we won 5-3 on aggregate against Everton. Chelsea were comfortably ahead after the first leg at Stamford Bridge, a 4-1 result in which Bert Murray scored a hat-trick, one that clearly caught the eye of first team manager at the time, Ted Drake, as Murray went onto play 160 games for the first team under both Drake and his successor Tommy Docherty. Despite losing the reverse fixture at Goodison Park 2-1, the Blues won the final 5-3 on aggregate.

While the squad that won the competition boasted names such as Terry Venables (pictured above) and Ron Harris who both went on to captain the first team to silverware success, the goalscoring star of this campaign was 18-year-old Colin Shaw, who scored 15 goals over the nine games, including seven in the 9-0 second round thrashing of Fulham and four in the 7-0 drubbing of Oxford United in the fourth round. He was duly rewarded with a professional contract in the summer that followed but only managed a one first team appearance before being sold to Norwich City for £5,000 two years later.

Other highlights from the run for the young Blues were a 7-0 win at home to Ipswich Town in the first round and a 4-0 aggregate win over Arsenal in the semi-final.

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