Shane Long has just scored the fastest goal in Premier League history after only seven seconds, but do you know which players have been quickest off the mark for the Blues in the competition?
In recent years you might recall early doors efforts from Diego Costa and Kenedy, who found the back of the net after 35 and 39 seconds against Everton and Norwich City respectively, but neither of those goals register in our top five fastest Premier League goals.
To make it onto that particular list, there's no time at all to waste – 30 seconds or quicker is the mark set. Without further ado, here are the quick-off-the-mark quintet. Oh, and in case you're wondering, Keith Weller holds the overall club record at just 12 seconds, scoring in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough.
Chelsea’s fastest Premier League goal came after only 19 seconds of a 4-0 drubbing over the Foxes in the 1994/95 season. The irony couldn’t have been lost on the visitors that Dennis Wise crossed to the smallest man on the pitch to climb above a defence packed full of giants and head the ball home. As Colin Mafham in The Mail on Sunday put it, 'Spencer led sorry Leicester a merry old dance with the quickest step this season.' Spenny is best remembered by Blues fans for his famous goal against Austria Memphis when he ran the length of the pitch, but this is effort earned him his place in the record books.
Next on the list is a goal against Nottingham Forest after only 24 seconds when we met the Reds in the 1998/99 season. Chelsea’s strikers had gone six hours without a goal at the start of the season before the little Italian conjured up a moment of magic against former Blues keeper Dave Beasant. Zola played an elaborate one-two with Pierluigi Casiraghi, who showed great strength to hold off Alan Rodgers and return the ball to his strike partner for a trademark curler. The visitors complained in vain about Casiraghi’s aggression for the opening goal, but Forest boss Dave Bassett was having none of it: 'You cannot be a big tart – you have to boot it clear.'
The following season we hosted Manchester United in October 1999. The Red Devils were the reigning European champions and hadn’t tasted defeat in the Premier League for over nine months, but reputations meant nothing to Gus Poyet and his Blues team-mates who were a match for any side in a one-off game. With Massimo Taibi making a shaky start to hiscareer as United’s goalkeeper, Dan Petrescu offered him a tempter of a cross; the decision to rush out proved fatal as Poyet snuck in to guide home a header with only 28 seconds on the clock. Stamford Bridge remained in a state of ecstasy for the remaining 90 minutes as we racked up an incredible 5-0 victory.
The Blues met Arsenal five times in the 2003/04 season, with this league fixture at the Bridge coming a week after they'd knocked us out of the FA Cup. The fans must have fancied a different outcome when Eidur Gudjohnsen gave us a dream start in a top of the table game with a smart finish at the back post after Geremi’s cross had been headed on by Adrian Mutu. Unfortunately, it was all downhill after that 29-second opener as the Gunners scored twice in the next 20 minutes and Gudjohnsen lost his cool in the second half to receive his second yellow card.
He might have taken a couple of seconds longer than Poyet, but Pedro provided the second quickfire entry against Manchester United when he set the ball rolling on a four-goal rout in October 2016. Just 30 seconds had elapsed when the Spaniard ran between a dithering Red Devils rearguard to knock the ball past David de Gea and into the back of the net. He continued his fine form with a pair of Goal of the Month winners on his way to helping the Blues reclaim the Premier League crown.