With the Blues set to compete in our fourth FA Cup final in just five years later this month, it got us thinking about who would make an all-time Chelsea FA Cup final XI…
The Blues will take on Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, hoping to lift the famous trophy for an impressive ninth time in our history.
There are so many incredible players to have stepped up for the Blues at Wembley over the years and now is your chance to select your perfect Cup final XI in our fan-led vote at the bottom of this page.
We’ll be splitting the vote into positions and up first, as you’d expect, is deciding which goalkeeper should be picked.
So to help you out before you make your selection, we’ve offered the reasons for each nominee below…
Bonetti’s heroics were crucial to our 1970 FA Cup final replay victory over Leeds United at Old Trafford.
The Cat, who had been one of our stars in the first game, was caught by an aggressive challenge from Mick Jones, which left him nursing a damaged left knee. With no substitute goalkeeper on the bench, the Blues’ FA Cup dream could have been over but for the bravery of a man who had previously suffered cup heartache in both the final and semi-finals of the competition.
The reason why so few keepers have lifted the FA Cup for Chelsea, despite the fact we’ve won it eight times, is because this man was between the sticks for half of them!
Although he conceded the fastest goal in an FA Cup final, when Louis Saha netted after 25 seconds for Everton in 2009, Cech’s highlights certainly outweigh that – clean sheets in 2007 and 2010, including a penalty stop in the latter, plus arguably the greatest FA Cup final save of all time to deny Andy Carroll in the 2012 win over Liverpool.
It was fitting that the Belgian’s final Chelsea appearance ended with him picking up a fourth winner’s medal – and keeping another clean sheet – as he completed a clean sweep of major domestic honours in England by lifting the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win over Manchester United. As a result he became only the fifth goalkeeper to lead the Blues to the trophy.
An experienced Norwegian international who grew up, like so many of his countrymen, on a diet of English football, Grodas made only 27 appearances for the Blues after signing from Lillestrom – but one of them came at Wembley Stadium, as we beat Middlesbrough to lift the FA Cup in 1997.
Ed de Goey
De Goey overcame a shaky start at Chelsea by helping us to glory in the League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup in his first season, which he followed up in 2000 by keeping a clean sheet against Aston Villa to win the last final at the old Wembley Stadium.
That year he also set club records for most appearances and clean sheets in a season, although both have since been surpassed.