PMB: Chelsea v Forest - history

With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we recall some of our past cup meetings with East Midlanders...

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Chelsea will hope to make it a sixth successive victory in all competitions against Nottingham Forest this weekend. This is the fourth occasion the two sides have been paired in the FA Cup. The Blues progressed in the previous three.

Our most recent meeting at Stamford Bridge in any competition was last season in the third round of the Carabao Cup, the Londoners running out 5-1 victors.


This will be the fifth FA Cup match involving these two teams. All four previous encounters were in round four of the competition between 1934 and 2007, and three were at Stamford Bridge.

The first of these was in late January 1934, and first team trainer Jack Whitley’s pre-match preparations involved ‘sprinting, lapping and ball-punching,’ according to a spy from The Journal, followed by 18 holes at the Merrow Golf Club near Guildford.

A crowd of over 53,000 was present for Forest’s visit in late January for an afternoon ‘characterised by excessive keenness and numerous free kicks, players on both sides having to be spoken to,’ according to one newspaper.

The deadlock was broken early in the second half by the Pensioners’ talented, Belfast-born forward Tom Priestley. Joy was short-lived as Tom Peacock replied for the Reds.

Chelsea won the replay 3-0 four days later at the City Ground in front of 37,000 thanks to two from the brilliant Hugh Gallacher and a third from George Gibson.

The next meeting was 66 years later on 19 January 2000, unusually a Wednesday evening. Second-half headers from Frank Leboeuf and Dennis Wise were enough to rain on Forest’s parade. Leboeuf’s came from a brilliant Gianfranco Zola free-kick, while a weaving run and cross by young substitute midfielder Jody Morris set up Wise’s.

In the most recent FA Cup meeting, January 2007, Forest were felled in the first half with the Blues scoring inside 10 minutes and a free-kick soon doubled the advantage. It became 3-0 on the stroke of half-time. The visitors summoned just one shot on Chelsea’s goal.

The last time Chelsea and Forest met in the Premier League was 1998/99 when the Blues prevailed home and away.


Football officially returned after six years of war at Stamford Bridge with a 2.15pm kick-off on 5 January 1946 with the third round FA Cup visit of Leicester, watched by almost 40,000. Tommy Lawton scored for Chelsea in a 1-1 draw and the Pensioners won a second leg away 2-0.

The Reds last won at the Bridge in January 1995 – seven meetings ago – when Glenn Hoddle was in charge of the Blues. A Stan Collymore brace secured a 2-0 win for Frank Clark’s side in the Premier League.

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup

Fourth round 27 Jan 1934 Stamford Bridge
Managers: Leslie Knighton and, Noel Watson
Chelsea …………………1 N Forest……………………..1
Priestley 50                     Peacock 55
               Att: 53,269

Fourth round replay 31 Jan 1934 City Ground
Managers: Noel Watson and Leslie Knighton
N Forest………………..0 Chelsea…………………….3
                                        Gallacher 30, 55
                                        Gibson 80
                Att: 37,187

Fourth round 19 Jan 2000 Stamford Bridge
Managers: Gianluca Vialli and, David Platt
Chelsea …………………2 N Forest……………………..0
Leboeuf 57
Wise 86
             Att: 30,125

Fourth round 28 Jan 2007 Stamford Bridge

Chelsea (4-1-3-2): Cech; Geremi, Essien, Carvalho, Bridge; Diarra; Wright-Phillips (Morais 81), Lampard (c) (Woods 78), Mikel; Shevchenko, Drogba (Kalou 61).
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Scorers: Shevchenko 9, Drogba 19, Mikel 45

Nottingham Forest (4-4-2): Smith; Curtis, Morgan, Breckin (c), Bennett; Southall, Gary Holt, Perch (Dobie 72), Grant Holt (Clinghan h/t); Agogo (Lester 72), Tyson.
Manager: Colin Calderwood
Booked: Clingan, Lester

Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: 41,516

Other cup meetings

Biggest win at Stamford Bridge for each team

20/09/2017 - Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham Forest - League Cup third round
20/09/1986 - Chelsea 2-6 Nottingham Forest - Division One


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