We’re no strangers to facing Huddersfield Town in the FA Youth Cup and there are two separate encounters in 2015 which Chelsea will fondly remember.
Chelsea Under-18s begin their hunt to reclaim the FA Youth Cup title at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 18 December, with tickets still available to purchase online now. As the team prepare for the visit of Huddersfield, we take a look back at our previous ties with The Terriers in this competition.
A young Blues team which included Academy graduates Fikayo Tomori, Izzy Brown and Tammy Abraham – who enjoyed scoring against Huddersfield - recorded an emphatic win in the fourth round clash at Aldershot in January 2015.
It was Abraham who got the Blues going at the EBB Stadium with a looping header across goal and into the net, and he doubled his tally not long after. Huddersfield failed to clear a corner and the ball dropped to the 17-year-old, who controlled it with his chest and slotted home with his left foot. At that point, Abraham had notched 21 goals in all competitions.
After the visitors reduced the deficit, forward Dominic Solanke sealed a brace to restore our two-goal lead, his 19th goal of the season had the Blues 4-1 ahead at the interval. The race to see who would take home the match ball was on.
The then-England Under-17 striker reacted quickest to the chance of notching three and quickest to the loose ball around the box before striking into the top corner for his third of the afternoon. The hat-trick ball was Solanke's.
Finally, if there was any doubt over Chelsea's progression, a place in the fifth round was secured by Kasey Palmer’s arrowed shot which left the visiting keeper with little chance of saving.
Chelsea as they were: Brad Collins; Ola Aina, Fikayo Tomori, Jake Carke-Salter (Ruben Sammut 67), Jay Dasilva; Charlie Colkett (c) (Kyle Scott 68), Charly Musonda, Jeremie Boga; Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke, Izzy Brown (Kasey Palmer 76).Unused subs: Jared Thompson, Ali SuljicScorers: Abraham 5, 28; Solanke 31, 38, 77; Palmer 87
How did they fare?
Round five: Chelsea 6-0 SwanseaQuarter finals: Chelsea 0-3 Newcastle UnitedSemi-finals: Tottenham Hotspur 4-5 Chelsea (Aggregate)First leg: Tottenham 2-0 ChelseaSecond leg: Chelsea 5-2 TottenhamFinal first leg: Manchester City 1-3 ChelseaFinal second leg: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City
Overall - Winners
The sides were then matched again in the third round of the following campaign and the scoreline was identical, as were Abraham’s first two goals in comparison to the one he opened the scoring with in the previous meeting.
After the visitors reduced the deficit by a single goal, Jay Dasilva forced an own goal marking Chelsea’s third of the evening. It took Ike Ugbo just over 10 minutes to make his mark after being introduced, pouncing upon Abraham’s initial shot which rebounded off the post and turned the ball in from close range.
It was a similar case for substitute Dujon Sterling, whose fresh legs allowed him to race away from his marker and fire on target for Chelsea’s fifth.
Abraham went one better the second time round and took the match ball home after notching a hat-trick by bundling the ball over the line from a yard out following denied efforts from Sterling and Ugbo.
Chelsea as they were: Nathan Baxter; Fikayo Tomori, Jake Clarke-Salter, Trevoh Chaloba; Charlie Wakefield, Mukhtar Ali, Ruben Sammut (Ike Ugbo 68), Jay Dasilva (Dujon Sterling 78), Issac Christie-Davies (Jacob Maddox 63), Mason Mount; Tammy AbrahamUnused subs: Jared Thompson, Miro MuheimScorers: Abraham 3, 33, 90+4; Hanson (og) 63; Ugbo 81; Sterling 90+1
How did they fare?
Round four: Manchester United 1-5 ChelseaRound five: AFC Wimbledon 1-4 ChelseaQuarter finals: Chelsea 2-1 ReadingFirst leg: Blackburn Rovers 0-1 ChelseaSecond leg: Chelsea 3-1 Blackburn RoversFinal first leg: Manchester City 1-1 ChelseaFinal second leg: Chelsea 3-1 Manchester City
Overall - Winners
-You can support Ed Brand's team begin their hunt for Chelsea's 10th FA Youth Cup title at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 18 December. Tickets are available online at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions (under-20s and over 60s)
Supporters should note that there are no cash turnstiles at Kingsmeadow and all tickets purchased on the night must be bought from the ticket office. Therefore, to avoid queues and delays, it is recommended to buy online in advance and choose to have the tickets posted (if purchased before Friday 13 December) or collected on the day. Kick-off is 7pm.