Club-record signings, Champions League winners and the King of Stamford Bridge himself are among the players who have represented both Chelsea and Norwich City over the years.
Saturday’s match at Carrow Road will be only the 41st league meeting between the two sides, who were founded in 1905 and 1902 respectively.
Despite this relatively low total, that doesn’t mean the clubs haven’t shared plenty of history over the years, most notably in the form of some of the men who have pulled on the blue of Chelsea and the yellow of Norwich over the years.
The most famous of those names is undoubtedly Peter Osgood, who is the only player to have a statue erected in their own honour at our west London home.
Ossie was confident, skilful and monumentally stylish, just like the club itself and the Kings Road just a few yards away. His tally of 150 goals for the Blues featured plenty of highlight-reel worthy strikes, none more so than the diving header against Leeds United in the 1970 FA Cup final replay, from Charlie Cooke’s cross, which remains an iconic moment in his and the club's history.
His loan spell with Norwich, which came during another FA Cup-winning spell with Southampton, was all too brief for followers of the Norfolk club to truly appreciate one of the club’s greatest players and, it must be said, characters.
Andy Townsend, on the other hand, is not remembered fondly by Chelsea supporters – although that owes much to the manner in which departed the club.
A hugely successful spell with Norwich City – during which he was nominated for a PFA Player of the Year award – was followed by a fine showing for the Republic of Ireland at Italia ’90.
In the subsequent three years at the Bridge, Townsend established himself as the midfield lynchpin and captain without ever truly excelling for a prolonged period of time, and he left for Aston Villa in 1993 in search of silverware. He did just that, lifting two League Cups with the Villans; Chelsea, meanwhile, in the remaining seven years of Townsend’s career won five major honours.
Graham Stuart was known to his team-mates as ‘Bobby’, having gone off to a Bobby Robson football camp as a kid – brilliantly, his best mate, and Chelsea TV presenter, Jason Cundy says Stuart is still addressed by the name to his day.
One of the many youth players to be handed a first-team debut under the tutelage of the late Bobby Campbell, Stuart was an opportunistic attacking midfielder who scored 18 times, including a memorable solo strike against Sheffield Wednesday. He finished his career with Norwich City in 2005, with one of his final games a 3-1 home defeat to the Blues.
Ryan Bertrand is another who came through the ranks at Chelsea, and he went on to play his part on one of the greatest nights in the club’s history.
The left-back made history in the 2012 Champions League final when he made his European debut for the Blues, starting in a more attacking wing role in our unforgettable triumph over Bayern Munich.
Just three years earlier, he was playing the last game of a loan spell with Norwich City which spanned 18 months; though it ended in relegation from the Championship, it was a vital stage in his development.
We finish our look back at those to represent both Chelsea and Norwich with a pair of centre-forwards who were both fairly prolific at Carrow Road, prompting the Blues to pay a record transfer fee for both seven years apart.
The first was Robert Fleck, a Scottish centre-forward who impressed at Stamford Bridge as a Canary, once scoring a magnificent goal in front of the Shed.
However, he failed to live up to his tag as our club-record signing after joining ahead of the maiden Premier League season. Even so, while only four goals followed in three years, he worked his socks off – and “We all live in a Robert Fleck world” is an underrated gem of a terrace chant which is still heard occasionally to this day.
Like Fleck, Sutton also starred at Norwich City before his move to Chelsea for a club-record fee in 1999. In between times he was one half of Blackburn Rovers’ SAS (Shearer and Sutton) partnership which fired them to Premier League glory, but there were few happy returns from his single season at the Bridge.
He scored only three goals, although it must be said one of them was in a 5-0 drubbing of Manchester United. The No9 was also on target in our first-ever Champions League game, which was a qualifying win over Skonto Riga.