Our second FA Cup final success in the space of three years ensured we were the last side to win the trophy at the old Wembley.
It was a relatively uninspiring final against Aston Villa with Roberto Di Matteo scoring the only goal of the game at what was fast becoming his favourite stadium, when David James in goal could only spill a Gianfranco Zola free-kick in the 72nd minute.
It was a deserved victory, particularly given the fact Villa appeared content to sit and defend for the whole game. Chances were few and far between for both sides although Chelsea almost took the lead a few minutes into the second half when Dennis Wise scored from close range, but the goal was ruled out as George Weah was adjudged to be in an offside position.
Our FA Cup campaign began away at Hull City, somewhat uncharacteristically before Christmas. Gustavo Poyet scored a hat-trick as we ran out comfortable 6-1 winners, with Chris Sutton, Wise and Di Matteo also on the scoresheet.
Goals from Wise and Frank Leboeuf in the fourth round ensured a comfortable 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, forcing a fifth round clash with old rivals Leicester.
After Poyet had given us the lead against Martin O'Neill's side, Weah then doubled our advantage with a marvellous solo effort. Matt Elliott did manage to pull one back for the visitors but it was too late.
The quarter-final draw was kind to us and we were paired with Peter Taylor's Gillingham, with the game taking place at Stamford Bridge.
John Terry scored his first senior goal for the club as we cruised to a 5-0 win, setting up a semi-final at Wembley against Bobby Robson's Newcastle.
In a pulsating clash, Poyet proved to be the hero as he scored either side of Robert Lee's equaliser to send us through to the final. His first was a deft lob from Weah's pass, while the second came courtesy of a trademark header from Jon Harley's cross.