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Stamford Bridge: Five great Chelsea moments

Terry lifts the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge. (©PAphotos)
Terry lifts the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge. (©PAphotos).

With reports today that Chelsea have moved a step closer towards leaving Stamford Bridge, the curtain could be closing on one of the Barclays Premier League's great stadium.

Whilst a 60,000-seater arena could represent the future of the Blues, replicating the history and tradition of their current home could be difficult, given the club's 106 year affiliation with the ground.

There are still a few hurdles to clear for owner Roman Abramovich, and a move is still several years away providing the club are able to buy back shares sold to fans in 1993, but GMF looks bak at five of the greatest Chelsea moments at Stamford Bridge:
 

Chelsea 3 - 0 Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
29th April, 2006

A year after winning their first title in 50 years, the Blues cemented their place as the best team in England with an emphatic win over Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United.

WIlliam Gallas gave the Blues an early advantage before Joe Cole's superb individual striker put Jose Mourinho's side on the cusp of another Premier League championship.

Ricardo Carvalho sealed the victory late on, leaving 'The Special One' to throw his title medal into the Stamford Bridge crowd on a famous day for Chelsea.


Chelsea 4 - 2 Barcelona (5-4 on agg)
UEFA Champions League second round
8th March, 2005

Whilst the Blues would eventually fall to Liverpool, their victory against Barcelona was a statement of the club's new-found intent in Europe under owner Roman Abramovich.

2-1 down from the first leg, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff gave Chelsea a three-goal lead in the match before Ronaldinho's penalty was followed by a 'wondergoal' seven minutes before half-time.

With the scores level on aggregate, John Terry rose highest from a corner to power home past Victor Valdes and claim an astonishing 5-4 win.



Chelsea 1 - 0 Wolves
Football League Championship
9th April, 1955

Ted Drake's side were huge underdogs to claim the English league title at the start of the season, and found themselves in 12th place during October.

However, a fantastic run of results put them in a position to claim the title, and victory over favourites Wolves with four games left in the season put the Blues on the cusp of the championship.

Peter Sillett smashed home from the penalty spot in-front of 75,043 people on Easter Sunday, securing a 1-0 win against Stan Cullis' side, and two games later the title was in their hands after beating Sheffield Wednesday at the Bridge.


Chelsea 3 - 2 Liverpool (4-3 on agg)
UEFA Champions League semi-final
30th April, 2008

Didier Drogba struck twice on a night of high drama at the Bridge, as the Blues booked their place in a Champions League final for the first time after extra time.

The Ivorian gave the Blues the lead before Fernando Torres equalised to force extra-time. Frank Lampard, playing for the first time since the death of his mother, held his nerve from the spot to put the Blues in-front once more and Drogba appeared to clinch the tie seven minutes later.

Ryan Babel's long-range strike on 117 minutes made it a barn-storming end to the match, but Avram Grant's men held on to secure their place in Moscow against Manchester United.


Chelsea 5 -1 Hull City
English Football League, Second Division
11th September, 1905

The first ever Chelsea league match to take place at Stamford Bridge ended in victory, the club's second of the campaign after an opening day defeat to Stockport County.

David Copeland struck twice for the Pensioners, with Jimmy Windridge adding a hat-trick to send the club on their long journey at the stadium.


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