The current Chelsea players may be sporting retro shirts based on the 1970 design during our game today, but there will be originals on display too!
That is original 1970 players rather than original shirts, and those legends will be helping to mark what is the 50th anniversary of the start of the cup run that led to Chelsea lifting the famous old trophy for the first, but thankfully not the only time.John Hollins, John Dempsey, Ron Harris, Tommy Baldwin, Marvin Hinton and relatives representing some of those who cannot be present will be at the game, taking part in the player arrival experience early in the day and appearing on the pitch at half-time.The match programme is another collectors' edition with the cover design leaning upon the 1970 FA Cup final programme for inspiration and featuring Mason Mount in the new kit.
Willy Caballero is the focus of this issue's In His Own Words, detailing the experiences which resulted in him becoming a goalkeeper and what it's like to play in the fiery River-Boca derby.Both Frank Lampard and Cesar Azpilicueta are big fans of the FA Cup. The captain highlights the ‘strong FA Cup tradition at this club’ with Lampard adding: ‘I grew up watching this competition as a young boy and was then fortunate enough to experience it as a player and win it four times during my time here. It provided me with many memorable moments and I know how much it means to Chelsea supporters as well.’Petr Cech is on Stargazing duty this week and he picks out Pavel Nedved, one of the all-time greats from the Czech Republic, and the programme pays tribute to the men who led us to FA Cup glory in 1970, plus our former chairman Brian Mears reveals the Secrets of the Dressing Room from that incredible season.
- This season’s matchday programme remains at £3.50 and is available in and around Stamford Bridge, the Megastore and online. Cashless payment is now available from certain sellers.
The 1970 FA Cup final also features in the video box set series available on The 5th Stand app