Chelsea’s victory over Spurs in last Sunday’s League Cup Final came almost 50 years after the Blues first victory in this competition.
Back in 1965 they dispatched Birmingham City, Notts County, Swansea Town, Workington, and Aston Villa to reach a two-legged final against Leicester City.
The first leg was played at Stamford Bridge in front of over 20,000 fans.
Full back Eddie McCreadie found himself playing up front as cover for injured striker Barry Bridges. Things didn’t improve for the King’s Road boys when, 13 minutes into the game, Allan Young was injured. With Young being unable to continue, and given in those days substitutes didn’t exist, Chelsea had to face Leicester with only ten men.
The Blues took the lead through Bobby Tambling before City equalized. Terry Venables restored Chelsea’s one goal advantage but again Leicester evened the score.
With ten minutes left on the clock McCreadie was back in more familiar territory: his own penalty area. He picked up the ball and raced fully 60 yards leaving Leicester City players in his wake before firing a shot past future World Cup hero, Gordon Banks.
Twenty seven thousand supporters turned up for the second leg at Leicester’s Filbert Street. What they saw was a much tighter game where both sides snuffed out each other’s attacking play. With neither side finding the net, the game ended goalless and Chelsea had won their first League Cup.
Including last Sunday, Chelsea have now won the trophy five times, with four of those successes occurring since 1998.
Fifty years ago it was called the Football League Cup. Today it is known as the Capitol One Cup. But, as the Chelsea faithful will tell you, in the heat of a win who cares what it’s called..?