The latest issue of Chelsea magazine takes a trip down memory lane to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our famous FA Cup final triumph over Leeds United.
The 1970 FA Cup final remains an iconic match in the history of English football – not just for Chelsea supporters, but for anyone who was around to see it.
Very few games have enjoyed a total audience anything like it. There was a crowd of 100,000 at Wembley for the final, and 62,000 for the replay at Old Trafford, while a UK television audience of 28.5 million tuned in for the second game, making it the country’s most-viewed club football match of all time.
The competitive, aggressive nature of the replay in particular ensured that it became one of the most talked-about games in FA Cup history. Any Blues fans born in the decades that followed got used to hearing tales of Ossie, Webby and Chopper, and the fact we didn’t win another major domestic trophy for 27 years ensured that their legend endured.
Despite that, there are now at least two generations of fans who missed out on the mythical tie, many of whom have probably never seen the game in its entirety. You will be able to watch the first game on the app this Saturday.
This special issue of Chelsea magazine has got you covered, as we provide in-depth analysis to take you deeper into the final than ever before.
Kicking off with a blow-by-blow account of the two matches against Leeds United, viewed through the lens of all that has changed in football and society since Ron Harris lifted the famous trophy, and an illustrated accompaniment covers all the big moments across 240 unforgettable minutes.
We’ve delved through the magazine’s archive and library to find interviews with the players who were involved in the final, telling the story of the tie in the words of those who lived and breathed every moment on the pitch.
The main interview this month is with the match-winner, David Webb (whose birthday it is today), who we caught up with over the phone to find out if the novelty of being the man who won Chelsea our first-ever FA Cup has worn off 50 years down the line. Spoiler alert: it hasn’t!
The joy of Sexton
That’s not it for our 1970 FA Cup coverage. The manager of that great side, Dave Sexton, was one of the great tactical innovators in the English game and he masterminded Blues triumphs both at home and on the continent. But how much do you really know about him?
We take a photographical look back at his career in football from Start to Finish, beginning with his days as a player at West Ham and concluding with his work for the English Football Assocation, where he was a hugely important figure for decades.
From Paris with love
Chelsea Football Club has got a history of famous comebacks in European football, going back to our first Cup Winners’ Cup triumph in the 1970/71 season. One of the more recent fightbacks came in 2014, when we took on Paris Saint-Germain – and that tie is the latest to be featured in our Champions League Classics series.
The Blues looked down and out after conceding a late third in a 3-1 defeat in the French capital, leaving us with a mountain to climb in the return match at the Bridge. What followed was one of the great European nights in west London as Demba Ba’s dramatic late winner sent the fans wild and the Blues into the semi-finals.
In the Leup
Last month Chelsea Women announced the signing of Bayern Munich captain Melanie Leupolz, who will join up with the club ahead of next season.
The highly decorated Germany midfielder shares her thoughts on an exciting move to the Women’s Super League and why nothing less than silverware will do once she’s officially a Blue.
Continuing the FA Cup theme of the magazine, we look back at some of our best ties in the competition since 1970 in the latest 10 Great.
There are also pieces detailing the youth-team graduates who have stepped up to the men’s and women’s teams this season, highlighting the excellent work at all levels of the club over a number of years now.The May edition of Chelsea magazine is available to buy for £3.95 from selected supermarkets and newsagents.