Conor Gallagher discusses goals, growing up a Chelsea fan and the search for consistency in the matchday programme for tonight’s Premier League game against Newcastle United.

The homegrown midfield talent has been on the scoresheet four times in our last six games and is feeling good about his goalscorer's touch at the moment, although he insists he isn’t doing anything different to find the back of the net lately.

'It’s definitely felt like a bit of a breakthrough,' he says. 'I’ve said it a number of times – I want to be a player that scores goals from midfield. I think I have the ability to do so, and I wasn’t able to do it so well earlier this season.

'That might be to do with luck, or to do with myself, but to score four goals in the last few games has been brilliant and fills me with more confidence to hopefully go on and get some more.

'I’ve been getting in the same positions all season, to be honest,' he adds. 'It’s really small margins but if you look back at our games, I’ve very often been getting in the same positions from where I’ve scored those few goals lately.

'Thankfully, the boys have found me a few times and I’ve managed to score a few, but it’s all about consistency, continuing to do that and helping the team score more goals.'

Chelsea against Newcastle United was a bit of a classic in the early 1980s, with several memorable games taking place between the two teams while they were battling for promotion from the second tier. Colin Lee relives those days with us in our other exclusive, including his memorable hat-trick in a 6-0 win.

'Every time Chelsea play Newcastle, I still think about it; this fixture always touches me. It’s the same as when I see the match-ball, which I have got on display at home. I think back to 1980 and one of those days that don’t come around very often, if at all, in a footballer’s career.'

Our long read takes Chelsea mavericks as its focus, not least because of a shared legend of yore – Hughie Gallacher – who represented the Blues and the Magpies in the 1920s and 1930s.

There’s all the info you need on the fixture ahead, plus the latest from Mauricio Pochettino, Reece James, Emma Hayes, Barbara Charone and our Academy coaches, not to mention the facts and stats that matter.

Be sure to pick up your copy from the programme sellers around Stamford Bridge on matchday, or from the online shop of our publications partner, Reach Sport.