FA Cup: 1997

Our 1997 FA Cup triumph will always be remembered fondly by supporters given the fact it was our first major piece of silverware since winning the competition back in 1970 followed by the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1971.

Ruud Gullit's side faced Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough, who had been relegated from the top flight only a week earlier, in the final and ran out comfortable 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton.

The Italian midfielder's wonder strike only 43 seconds into the game set the tone for what was to come and from that point onwards we never looked in any real danger.

Prior to that game, the road to Wembley had been a tough one aside from a fairly routine 3-0 third round victory over West Bromwich Albion at home.

Liverpool were up next in what will go down as one of the most memorable matches ever seen inside Stamford Bridge.

Having gone in 2-0 down at half time, second-half strikes from Mark Hughes and Gianfranco Zola drew us level, before a Gianluca Vialli brace put the seal on a magical afternoon in SW6.

The fifth round saw us paired with Leicester City and this time it was our turn to surrender a two-goal advantage. Martin O'Neill's men scored in the last minute to force a replay back at the Bridge.

With the game goalless and extra-time being played, Erland Johnsen went down in the box under challenge from Spencer Prior and the referee controversially pointed to the spot. Frank Leboeuf stepped up to score and the Foxes were out, not to mention fuming.

What was initially deemed as a tricky quarter-final away at Portsmouth ultimately transpired to be anything but, as Chelsea ran out comfortable 4-1 winners, setting up a semi-final against Wimbledon at Highbury.

Having lost to Joe Kinnear's side 4-2 earlier in the season, the critics largely expected us to crumble once again in the face of Wimbledon's physical approach, but once Hughes had given us the lead just before half time that was never going to happen.

Zola scored a wonderful second before Hughes made it 3-0 in the dying minutes to put the Chelsea fans, who had taken over three sides of the ground, in dreamland.

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