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Hitting the century mark

With Eden Hazard becoming the 10th player to score 100 goals for Chelsea, here is a look at how some other Blues legends have hit the century mark for the club.

Jimmy Greaves

A scorer against Tottenham Hotspur on his Chelsea debut in 1957, Jimmy Greaves took just 136 games to get to his century for the Blues with the second of his two goals in a 4-1 league victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on 24 September 1960.

It made the prolific Greaves the fourth Chelsea player after George Hilsdon, George Mills and Roy Bentley to net 100 goals and he went on to score 43 goals in 43 games in that campaign before moving to AC Milan.

Bobby Tambling

Following Greaves’ departure, winger Bobby Tambling was moved to a more central position and he responded by scoring at a prodigious rate over the next decade.

Tambling got to the 100 mark on his 159th Chelsea appearance by bagging our third goal in a 5-1 thumping of Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on 3 October 1964, en route to setting a new club record with 202 goals for the Blues.

Peter Osgood

Peter Osgood succeeded Tambling as Chelsea’s main goal-scoring threat in the late 1960s and the King of Stamford Bridge got to the century mark in his 252nd game for the Blues on 29 September 1971.

It was the second leg of our Cup Winners’ Cup tie against Jeunesse Hautcharage, and having bagged a hat-trick in our 8-0 win in the first leg in Luxembourg, Osgood got to 100 for Chelsea when he opened the scoring after three minutes at the Bridge, the first of five that he netted in our record-setting 13-0 win.

Kerry Dixon

Signed from Reading in 1983, Kerry Dixon netted 34 goals when we won the Second Division title in 1983/84 and added another 36 as we finished fifth in the top flight the following year.

His 100th goal arrived against Aston Villa on 27 December 1986 when he turned the ball in after a goalmouth scramble to give us a 2-0 lead just before half-time. Dixon went on to score twice in our 4-1 win against the Villans and found the net 193 times in 420 games for Chelsea.

Frank Lampard

The first midfielder to score 100 goals for Chelsea, Frank Lampard got to the mark in his 382nd game, with our opener against Huddersfield in an FA Cup tie on 16 February 2008.

With the game scoreless after 18 minutes, he broke the deadlock by making a trademark late run into the box to meet Scott Sinclair’s low cross from the right with a clinical side-footed finish into the bottom corner of the net, his first of two goals in our 3-1 win.

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba hit his century on an otherwise forgettable day for the Blues at Wigan Athletic on 29 September 2009. Playing in his 224th Chelsea game, the Ivorian was set up by Florent Malouda early in the second half and while his strike wasn’t the cleanest, it rolled between goalkeeper Chris Kirkland’s legs to level the score at 1-1.

Unfortunately, Petr Cech was sent off when he conceded a penalty shortly afterwards as the 10-man Blues suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat.

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