Continuing our series ’50 Years of Chelsea’ looking back, season by season, from the FA Cup winning 1970 season to present day; Stamford Chidge is joined by Jonathan Kydd, Mark Worrall, author of ‘Chelsea Here; Chelsea There’ and Kelvin Barker, author of ‘Celery: Representing Chelsea in the ’80’s’ and ‘Chelsea Here; Chelsea There’ to look back at the 1984-85 season.
In the summer of 1984, after promotion from Division Two as champions, Chelsea are well and truly back. It all kicks off away at Highbury to Arsenal on 24th August in one of the most iconic Chelsea matches of all time; complete with Kerry Dixon’s favourite goal.
Chelsea establish themselves as a Division One team this season, capable of giving anyone a run for their money. Along the way, they have a decent run in the Milk Cup, including the trilogy against Sheffield Wednesday and one of the most memorable matches in Chelsea’s history and one of the most controversial in the two-legged semi-final against Sunderland.
Kerry Dixon scoring 36 goals; Pat Nevin dazzling from the wing; David Speedie leaping like a salmon; Paul Canoville scoring vital goals; Colin Pates and Joe McLaughlin calmness personified at the back and Eddie Niedzwiecki safe as houses in goal – all draped in one of the most iconic Chelsea kits of all time – the blue striped Le Coq Sportif kit.
A truly memorable season relived by the blokes who were there and then wrote about it, embellished with clips from the ‘Chelsea Special‘ interviews with the players who played in these iconic games: Colin Pates, Kerry Dixon, Paul Canoville and John Bumstead.