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Five-nil to the boys in blue

Chelsea recorded a 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday and it's a scoreline we've seen a few times at the Bridge during the Premier League era.

There was plenty for Blues to enjoy about our win over the Terriers this past weekend. Gonzalo Higuain marked his home league debut for the club with two goals; Eden Hazard was at his mercurial best; N'Golo Kante registered two assists for the first time in a Premier League fixture; and, while not as eye-catching, it should also be noted it was our first clean sheet in a league win since the end of December.

So, lots of positives – but what we haven't mentioned is the nostalgia factor that comes with a 5-0 Chelsea victory at Stamford Bridge.

Since the Premier League era began in 1992, we have won nine home matches in the competition by that scoreline, including one of our most famous victories of the past two decades.

The first was in 1996 against a Middlesbrough side who we would famously go on to beat in both domestic cup finals in the late-Nineties. Gavin Peacock was the hero for the Blues, scoring our maiden Premier League hat-trick, and the game was also notable for Jody Morris becoming our youngest debutant in the rebranded English top flight.

The midfielder, who coached our Under-18s to FA Youth Cup glory and now works alongside Frank Lampard at Derby County, found himself on the scoresheet for our next 5-0 win in the Premier League – and this was undoubtedly the sweetest of the lot.

Manchester United arrived at Stamford Bridge with confidence at an all-time high; Sir Alex Ferguson's men were on a 29-game unbeaten run in the Premiership, which helped them to a unique Treble in the 1998/99 season.

They left west London well and truly chastened, though, as Gus Poyet put us in front inside 30 seconds, later adding a second after Chris Sutton had scored his one and only league goal for the Blues. An own goal and a late strike from Morris rounded off an incredible afternoon. The 'trombone' celebration from the homegrown midfielder might have been questionable, but nobody cared – we'd beaten Man United 5-0!

In 2003 we recorded two 5-0 home wins in the space of eight months either side of the Roman Abramovich takeover but both with five different scorers in each. The first came against Manchester City, who we meet at the Etihad on Sunday, and then it was Newcastle United on the receiving end. It will surprise no one to learn that Frank Lampard scored in both.

It was another five years before we saw that scoreline in a home league game at the Bridge again, this time when the Magpies' North-East neighbours Sunderland were the visitors to west London with Roy Keane at the helm. Lamps was again on target, but Nicolas Anelka stole the show with a hat-trick, which helped him to secure the Premier League Golden Boot that season.

A year later we beat Blackburn Rovers 5-0, with Lampard coming to the fore once again with a brace, as well as goals for Didier Drogba and Michael Essien. That season we also hit seven on three occasions at the Bridge, as well as an 8-0 triumph over Wigan Athletic on the final day which secured the title as we went on to win our first league and FA Cup Double.

Seven years passed before the next 5-0 in a Premier League match at home, although once again it came in a title-winning campaign. Everton were on the receiving end on Bonfire Night in 2016, with Hazard in particularly fine form as he netted twice, but it was all about the team performance. Legendary Match of the Day commentator John Motson even described it as the best display he'd seen in the Premier League era!

Finally, there was a five-star display in our last fixture of 2017, when Stoke City were the visitors to Stamford Bridge. Rare goalscorers Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta were all on target in this one as we closed out an incredible year with a stunning display.

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