Chelsea: Remembering all 7 FA Cup Final triumphs

As we countdown to Saturday's FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Man United, let's take a walk down memory lane at the Blues previous successes.


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With seven FA Cup wins spanning 42 years, Chelsea trail only Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United in overall wins. As we look towards Saturday’s final, how well (if at all) do you remember Chelsea’s previous cup wins?

  1. 1 1970 - Chelsea 2-1 Leeds (replay)

    After the opening contest finished 2-2 at Wembley, Old Trafford hosted the first Fa Cup Final replay since 1912, as Chelsea and Leeds United went to war again.

    Made famous for the ill-tempered, aggressive manner at which this derby was often contested, there was no love lost when these sides took to the Manchester turf.

    This was the ultimate clash in styles: Chelsea were branded as the posh southerners; Leeds were regarded as the tough northerners, willing to kick lumps out of the opposition. 

    Guided by Dave Sexton and Don Revie, respectively, the sides finished three and a half hours of combined football level with the second period of extra-time proving pivotal (unlike the first at Wembley).

    David Webb scored in the 104th minute, guiding Chelsea to their first Fa Cup since forming in 1905.

  2. 2 1997 - Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Chelsea were experiencing a barren run of trophy-less seasons when Ruud Gullit guided the Blues to Wembley for the 1997 final.

    Impressive wins in earlier rounds against Liverpool, Portsmouth and Wimbledon had invigorated this largely foreign Chelsea side; a side note very relevant in 1997 - not so much now.

    It took all but 42 seconds for Roberto Di Matteo to find the back of the net with a rifling shot from 25 yards, leaving Ben Roberts flapping at thin air in the Boro goal.

    An 83rd-minute goal from Eddie Newton sealed Chelsea's second FA Cup in style, after an intricate back-heel from Chelsea man on the moment - Gianfranco Zola.


  3. 3 2000 - Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

    In one of the dullest FA Cup Finals in living memory, Chelsea breezed past a sombre Villa side who struggled to create anything noteworthy in the 90 minutes.

    Made famous for being the last final at the 'old' Wembley, Chelsea wrote their names into the record books courtesy of a 73rd-minute Di Matteo strike - his second cup final goal in three years.

    With players such as Zola, Vialli, Poyet, Wise and Di Matteo in their side, this was to be the start of the end for what many believed to be Chelsea's most talented squad since the 70s.

  4. 4 2007 - Chelsea 1-0 Man United


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    In the first FA Cup Final at the 'new' Wembley, Chelsea squeezed out an edgy 1-0 win over Man United thanks to a Didier Drogba strike in extra-time. 

    With the match being played at a slower pace than usual for both sides, blame landed on the groundsman for allowing the grass to grow too long... a heated topic of discussion at the time!

    The winning goal demonstrated the only real piece of class in the entire 120 minutes. A silky one-two between Drogba and Lampard allowed the Ivorian space to prod the ball past Edwin van der Sar into the empty net, gifting Jose Mourinho his first FA Cup honour.

  5. 5 2009 - Chelsea 2-1 Everton

    Besides Chelsea's fifth cup win, the 2009 final will be remembered for Louis Saha's fastest ever FA Cup Final goal - just 25 seconds! 

    This feat, which is unlikely to be beaten any time soon, was cancelled out by a first-half Drogba strike and toppled by a Frank Lampard winner in the 72nd minute.

    Guus Hiddink was charged with leading his Chelsea side out at Wembley after Luiz Felipe Scolari lasted only seven months in the job previously. 

    It would not, however, prove enough to land the Dutchman a full-time role at Stamford Bridge, with Carlo Ancelotti taking the reins at the start of the next season.


  6. 6 2010 - Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth


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    Another cup final; another Didier Drogba goal - this time against 2008 winners Portsmouth.

    Having been crowned the 2009-10 Premier League champions the fortnight before, Chelsea won their first ever domestic double on May 15, after a thunderbolt free-kick from Didier Drogba nestling in the left-hand bottom corner.

    Two penalty misses from Kevin Prince Boateng and Frank Lampard added to the drama, with Ashley Cole securing his record sixth FA Cup winners medal.

  7. 7 2012 - Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    A fortnight before Chelsea's historic Champions League final win in Munich, the small matter of a cup final against Liverpool was to be contested at Wembley Stadium.

    A bitter rivalry between the two sides was still present; Champions League knockout matches between the pair had caused a fiery division between opposition fans.

    Ramires gave Chelsea the lead in the 11th minute with a classy finish against a helpless Reina. Drogba (who else) made it two at the start of the second half, with Andy Carroll providing a nerve-jangling ending to the contest with half an hour to go.

    Chelsea clung on, and with a 2-1 victory recorded their seventh FA Cup Final victory.

    Which was your favourite Chelsea FA Cup Final? Comment below... 

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Lewis Watson

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