Ahead of our FA Cup final against Leicester City tomorrow, we have a poll in which you can cast a vote for the best Cup final goal in Chelsea history…
The Blues are preparing for a 15th appearance in the FA Cup final, 106 years after our first, and there have been 17 memorable goals scored during that time.
From Bobby Tambling and Didier Drogba to Robbie Di Matteo and Eden Hazard, these iconic goals remain locked in the pantheon of club history forever. However, what we want to find out is which goal was the best?
Take a look at the video above, re-familiarise yourself with the goals in further detail below and then vote in our poll at the bottom of the page.
Pulisic vs Arsenal – 2019/20
Christian Pulisic opened the scoring in our most recent final nine months ago, which was played in an empty Wembley. The American initiated a flowing move from just inside the Arsenal half before motoring into the box to collect Olivier Giroud’s flick, dance past Kieran Tierney and finish sumptuously over the sprawling goalkeeper.
Hazard vs Man United – 2017/18
This was one of Eden Hazard’s least spectacular but most important Chelsea goals, a confident penalty dispatched midway through the first half silencing those Manchester United supporters gathered behind David De Gea’s goal. The Belgian had put in all the hard work to win the spot-kick as well, bursting forward in typical fashion before drawing a clumsy sliding foul from Phil Jones, who was fortunate to escape a red card.
Diego Costa vs Arsenal – 2016/17
Few goals encapsulate Diego Costa’s damage by sheer willpower like his equaliser for 10-man Chelsea against Arsenal in 2017. Willian provided the assist against his future employers but Diego did the rest with two deadly touches from 12 yards out – a cushioned tee-up off his chest before a scruffy volley hit into the turf that squirmed past David Ospina.
Ramires vs Liverpool – 2011/12
Racing down that inside-right channel and evoking memories of the Nou Camp mere weeks earlier, Ramires latched on to a ball forward from Juan Mata, shrugged off Jose Enrique and powered a shot beyond Pepe Reina at the near post.
Drogba vs Liverpool – 2011/12
Not the most important or memorable goal netted by Didier Drogba in May 2012 but no less significant, the Ivorian rekindled that legendary link-up with Frank Lampard by collecting the midfielder’s slide-rule pass and adjusting his feet before firing a precise left-footed effort into the far bottom corner.
Drogba vs Portsmouth – 2009/10
‘Mr New Wembley’, as he was monikered following countless exploits at the national stadium, did it again in 2010 to seal the Double under Carlo Ancelotti. This effort from a free-kick almost 25 yards out was brilliantly arched over the wall and then dipped perfectly to beat David James into the bottom corner.
Drogba vs Everton, 2008/09
It was Drogba with his head this time, powering home a Florent Malouda cross to equalise and steadly Chelsea nerves in the first half after we have gone behind to Louis Saha’s opener after just 25 seconds, which beat Di Matteo’s Cup final record.
Lampard vs Everton, 2008/09
It was Lampard who scored the winner in this final with a trademark strike from distance. Recovering from a slip, our number eight’s left-footed effort looped up into the top corner and his celebration mimicked that of his father in an FA Cup semi-final against the same opposition.
Drogba vs Man United, 2006/07
The first FA Cup final goal at the new Wembley was a Chelsea one and proved the start of Drogba’s love affair with the stadium. Three key touches did the trick – an incisive one-two with Lampard that cut through United’s defence and then a deft finish to knock the ball past Edwin van der Sar.
Di Matteo vs Aston Villa, 1999/2000
The last FA Cup final goal at the old Wembley was not quite as memorable as Di Matteo’s first but no less significant. Zola’s free-kick was fumbled by David James and ricocheted off Gareth Southgate before Di Matteo slammed the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Di Matteo vs Middlesbrough – 1996/97
No Chelsea player has scored a quicker FA Cup final goal than Roberto Di Matteo, whose 43-second wonder strike remains etched in the memories of all who witnessed it. Driving into space from halfway, the Italian remained unchallenged and accepted the Middlesbrough invitation to shoot, finding the back of the net in spectacular fashion via the underside of the crossbar.
Newton vs Middlesbrough – 1996/97
Starting the move just inside the Boro half, Eddie Newton burst forward with purpose before feeding Dan Petrescu down the right and continuing his run into the box. The goal also owed much to Gianfranco Zola’s magnificent flick, which teed the ball up perfectly for Newton to turn in from five yards out.
Osgood vs Leeds – 1969/70
Up at Old Trafford for the replay meeting with Leeds in April 1970, Peter Osgood scored one of his all-time iconic Chelsea goals, peeling off the back of the Leeds defence and stooping low to produce a perfect diving header to turn in Charlie Cooke’s equally majestic delivery.
Webb vs Leeds – 1969/70
The goal that secured the first of our eight FA Cup titles came from a long throw hurled into the six-yard box and eventually nodded in at the back post by David Webb. It was the first time we had led in the final and proved to be a famous winner.
Houseman vs Leeds – 1969/70
The first of our two equalisers at Wembley saw Peter Houseman take aim from outside the box on a horrendous playing surface, his left-footed, first-time effort bouncing underneath the diving Gary Sprake, Leeds United’s goalkeeper, and into the back of the net.
Hutchinson vs Leeds – 1969/70
A brilliant header from Ian Hutchinson at the near post to convert John Hollins’s cross left Leeds crestfallen and took the FA Cup final to a replay.
Tambling vs Tottenham – 1966/67
Chelsea’s first FA Cup final goal came 52 years after our first appearance in the showpiece occasion and was netted by a man who was our leading goalscorer for almost as long. Bobby Tambling rose highest in the box to meet a hanging cross from the left and head the ball beyond a stranded Pat Jennings in the first Cockney Cup final.