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50 Years of Chelsea: 1970-71

The Chelsea FanCast looks back, season by season, to 50 Years of Chelsea history from 1970 to the present day.


Stamford Chidge is joined by Jonathan Kydd and Dayne Whittle to look back at the 1970-71 season, the season Chelsea won their first European trophy.


This is the season Chelsea won the European Cup Winners' cup for the first time, their first European trophy in a memorable replayed final against the mighty Real Madrid. Only around 200 supporters were able to stay on for the replay which followed the 1-1 draw and was played unbelievable the next evening. Some of the tales from those supporters are legion, drinking with the players and staying on their hotel rooms. Some had to sleep on the beaches near Athens, others took week's to hitch back, some never made it back at all!


Winning the trophy made up for the disappointment of a 6th placed finish in the league and an early exit as holders in the FA Cup. Most of the star players who had won the FA Cup the previous season remained including Peter Osgood who scored 12 goals and Alan Hudson who starred in the Cup Winners' Cup final. But new signing Keith Weller stole Chelsea supporters hearts with his exciting wing play and was top scorer with 14 goals.


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