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Terry Neill; The Affable Raconteur
BOBBY catches up with former Hull & Arsenal Gaffer ahead of Final

Rob Shepherd meets former Arsenal and Hull boss Terry Neill.

Whatever the outcome of the FA Cup final one thing is for certain, those Arsenal and Hull punters who are in the company of Terry Neill before the match will have a day to savour.

At 72, Neill remains fit and lean, and is one of the most colourful characters left in the game. Certainly there are few better raconteurs.
On behalf of the FA, Neill will offer fans of both clubs who have taken up hospitality at Wembley’s Bobby Moore suite a fascinating trip down memory lane.

This is a man who over a couple of glasses of Pinot Grigio (and yes, a few fag breaks) will whisk you through a career that saw him play on the same pitch as George Best, nurture Liam Brady and Glenn Hoddle, rub shoulders with Cary Grant and Dustin Hoffman, become friends with a Great Train Robber, oh and who was an adviser to Margaret Thatcher but eventually turned the Iron Lady down.

And of course apart from all that he played for and managed both of the FA Cup finalists.

After 11 years as Arsenal’s centre-half and skipper, Neill took on the role of player-manager at Hull at the age of just 28.

“I took a pay cut but I got an E Type jag as a company car… I think the only footballer at the time who had a car like that was George [Best]. I see one is now up for auction for a £1 million pound. I knew I should have kept it!” laughs Neill.

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“I was Northern Ireland skipper when George made has international debut against Wales at Vetch Field in 1964. Pat Jennings (former Arsenal and Spurs keeper) made his debut too. Proper legends them.

“I remember being asked after the game what I thought of Best. My reply was that he played a game that was ‘unfamiliar’ to me. I was a journeyman compared to him.

Terry Neill, Hull City player-manager, with his assistant Tommy Docherty in 1971

Terry Neill, Hull City player-manager (front-centre), with his assistant Tommy Docherty and the rest of the team in 1971

“But I became a good manager. The experience at Hull was a wonderful grounding.

“The team were in the old second division and it was a struggle. I would be driving up and down the country sometimes doing 3,000 miles a week going to games looking for players. But it could be done. I ended up finding Stuart Pearson who went on to play for Manchester United and England.

“He was playing non-league and working up on telephone poles. I still think there are rough diamonds like that out there. But now they are lost because most managers and coaches seem to rely on agents and videos when it comes to recruiting players.

“But on that front I would say Steve Bruce is an exception to the rule. He has done a great job and with due respect to the Hull players – and I like Huddlestone and Livermore in particular…clever buys… – Bruce is Hull’s biggest asset for this game.

“He’s been there and done it. He will get Hull up for it and if they get a foothold in the game then Arsenal could have a big problem… after all Hull have nothing to lose, Arsenal everything.”

So should defeat be the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign?

Neill, who took the Gunners to three successive Cup finals but won only one and eventually got the sack when big money striker signings Lee Chapman then Charlie Nicholas failed to propel the club to title success, says: “I would still stick with Arsene, win or lose.

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“But I would say he needs to take a break… step back and look at the bigger picture. He’s a workaholic but sometimes you can just do too much .The place needs freshening up. Perhaps bringing in an assistant such as Dennis Bergkamp could be the way forward.”

Given his credentials it seems amazing that after leaving Arsenal in 1983 at the age of 41 Neill never managed again.

But he moulded a career working in the media – he is still an ambassador for The Hub London and a technical advisor to FIFA – and the Thatcher government. You only live once…

“Cecil Parkinson who was Chairman of the Conservatives was a pal and he introduced to me to Maggie,” recalls O’Neill. “I became a football advisor to her at the height of hooliganism. When I got a call from here at 6. am and she said ‘Terrence, can you be at number 10 in an hour’ I knew it was important.

“One day she said to me “I think it’s about time you had a gong Terrence (Neill was being put up for an MBE). I politely turned the offer down. She was rather bemused. I had to explain to her that it would have been awkward to accept such an honour given I was a working class boy who grew up in East Belfast.”

Neill in his Arsenal heyday

Neill in his Arsenal heyday

The Great Train Robbery connection?

“When I was at Hull I used to do visits to the local prison to talk to long term inmates …and I struck a rapport with (the late) Jimmy Hussey who was one of train robbers,” explains Neill.

And the movie star connections..?

“My first job for FIFA was as an assessor at 1984 LA Olympic Games. It was first class all the way and at the closing ceremony after party I was on the same table as Dustin Hoffman, Carey Grant and Henry Winkler.

“Grantie (as O’Neill refers to the movie icon in soccer speak) asked my wife Sandra if she had liked the ceremony. She told him she would rather have watched one of his movies.

“The thing is – and this is what too many in the modern game forget – football stars, movies stars, prime ministers, celebrities… yes they are famous… but they are still people and they should never lose touch of reality.”

So where did it all go wrong for Terry Neill..?

I would suggest that for a man who has played with Best, marked Pele, was a close pal of Bobby Moore, walked tall in the corridors of power as well as Highbury’s Marble Halls – and made Cary Grant and Henry Winkler (aka The Fonz) crack up – it’s been a long life of, well, Happy Days.

So which side will make his day at Wembley..?

With the kind of lyrical Irish charm and diplomacy that saw him lead a Northern Ireland team at the start of the Troubles Terry Neill replies: “To the victor, the spoils…”

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“I’m a Substitute for Another Guy”
WHO were the first substitutes to appear and score in a Cup Final?

by Richard Bowdery.

Today the use of substitutes is an integral part football and the FA Cup is no exception. Yet it wasn’t all that long ago when if you weren’t in the team on Cup Final day, you would have no chance of playing in the end of season showpiece.

First ever substitute

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Dennis Clarke

That changed in the 1968 Final played on 18 May when West Bromwich Albion faced Everton at Wembley.

The only goal of the game was scored by West Brom’s Jeff Astle in the first period of extra time which forever etched him into Baggies folklore.

But the real history making event occurred when West Brom defender Dennis Clarke came on to replace the injured John Kaye. He was the first substitute to be used in an FA Cup Final.

And you have to go almost as far back to find the first substitute to score in a Final.

First scoring substitute
On a barmy day in May 1971 Arsenal lined up against Liverpool. A win would complete a dramatic double – League and FA Cup winners – for the Gunners, the first club to achieve it since Spurs a decade earlier.

Arsenal fell behind to a Steve Heighway opener for Liverpool in extra time. But parity was restored when Arsenal substitute, Eddie Kelly, steered a George Graham shot across the line in the 101st minute.

Charlie George fired the winner past a despairing Ray Clemence. George’s siesta after scoring will be forever remembered by the Gooners at Wembley and those watching the match on TV.

Quiz organisers
If you organise quiz competitions and are stuck for a decent footballing question, this information on Cup Final substitutes should provide the answer.

Until next time
This column is taking a well-deserved rest and will be back at the start of next season (although it may feature during the World Cup next month).

So, with apologies to the late, great Brian Moore, “Goodbye and thank you for reading.”

See you next season!

richard@bobbyfc.com

Arsenal 2-2 Bayern Munich
Match Report of Champions League Group Game from Dec 5th 2000

"We equalised with a great free-kick and we can go home happy" Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld

“We equalised with a great free-kick and we can go home happy” Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld

With Arsenal entertaining Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week we’ve delved into the archives for a match report from a previous meeting between the pair.

There haven’t been many, but they did share four goals in an exciting encounter back in 2000 in the days of two group stages. Here is the match report:

Arsenal are bottom of their Champions League group in the second stage but the Highbury club’s manager is still confident his side can progress in the competition.

Arsenal were left holding up the rest of Group C after they let a two goal lead slip against Bayern Munich, only managing a draw.

That was added to a 4-2 defeat by Spartak Moscow in their opening phase two fixture.

Wenger lamented at his side surrendering their lead against the German champions but put on a brave face about Arsenal’s chances.

“Things look difficult for us because we are still at the bottom of the table,” said Wenger. “But I still believe we have a chance to go through because Lyons beat Spartak in France tonight and it looks as though everybody can beat everybody else in this group.”

Thierry Henry gave Arsenal the lead after being set-up by strike partner Nwankwo Kanu before he repaid the favour for the Nigerian to extend Arsenal’s lead.

But a “lack of concentration” saw the London outfit concede an immediate goal after Kanu’s measured strike which boosted the visiting German side.

Mehmet Scholl completed Bayern’s comeback when he scored with a 25-yard free-kick.

“It was very frustrating because we had done the important thing by going 2-0 ahead,” said Wenger. “But we lost our concentration straight away after the second goal and at this level you are punished for that.

“I was especially angry with the first goal against because it was unbelievable how we gave it away. It was a collective problem but I couldn’t see how we could get in a position to give it away. After that we were in trouble.

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Scholl slipped as he took the free kick, but it still flew past Manninger.

“It gave the mental strength to Bayern and we lost a lot of confidence. But to concede a second goal from another free-kick was too much although I don’t think our goalkeeper, Alex Manninger, had any chance to stop it.”

The Champions League now takes a break after Wednesday’s round of matches until next February when Arsenal re-start their campaign against French side Lyon.

Bayern manager Ottmar Hitzfeld said: “We gave Arsenal too much room in the first half but our first goal was a turning point.

“Then we equalised with a great free-kick and we can go home happy.”

Bayern would go on to top the group, while Arsenal would also emerge from this second group stage, pipping Lyon to second spot on goal difference. The Germans eventually won the tournament, defeating Real Madrid in the semis before beating Arsenal’s conquerors Valencia on penalties in the final.

Match Report from the BBC.

 

 

One 2 Eleven with Hardeep Singh Kohli Writer and broadcaster on the highs and lows of following Arsenal

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Hardeep’s show at Edinburgh was a success (photo: Steve Ullathorne)

Broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli was born in London but raised in Glasgow after his family moved there when he was aged four.

After tantalising the tastebuds of audiences across the UK with his culinary skills and anecdotes, Hardeep is about to embark on his debut comedy stand up show following a successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in October.

On top of his many pieces in the national press, Hardeep is also a regular panellist on Channel 5’s hugely popular current affairs show The Wright Stuff and has been a reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a guest on Question Time and This Week with Andrew Neil.

Hardeep is an Arsenal fan.

Tell us about the first time you went to see the Arsenal play…
It was Highbury, 1998. It was the season of Berkamp. The season of the double. I’d been following them since I’d moved to London in ’92 and couldn’t believe I was actually at the stadium to watch them play. We beat Bolton 4-1 with Wrighty beating the club’s goal scoring record. Great days…

What players were your childhood heroes and why…?
Liam Brady was possibly the most cultured footballer of his generation. A European style player in a very English game. I loved Charlie George, an Islington lad playing for his club.

What’s your fondest memory as a fan….?
So many! Beating spurs is obviously amazing, as it was this season. But watching Michael Thomas score that second goal at Anfield in 1989 and secure us the league. Has there been a more dramatic conclusion to the league?

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Michael Thomas proves there was drama before Sky and the Premier League…

Looking back, the one player I really wished we’d signed was…
We’re talking about Arsenal, there’s a massive list! Recently despite my ambivalence about the man himself, I wish we’d signed Suarez. Much as he’s a bitey racist, he’s a phenomenal player. I also thought we should have signed Drogba when we had the chance.

What’s your greatest “I was there when…” moment..?
Beating Spurs this season was fairly amazing. It’s difficult to convey the emotion in the ground on those days.

Bergkamp or Wright…?
Bergkamp. Ian hasn’t been as supportive of the club as he might have been. I’ll never forgive him for encouraging Sean to sign for the Sheik and so become another lost player in the Man City project.

Which is your favourite ever Arsenal kit…?
I love the new Puma kit! But I’m an Adidas boy, born and bred, so the late 80’s kit…

Which team do you despise the most and why (apart from Spurs!)…?
Man United. Obviously. The Spuds haven’t really been a force to reckon with of late. United have become our new nemesis so this is a rather weird season.

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Mad Jens sees ‘rot’

What was your most crushing blow as a fan..?
Not winning anything for the best part of a decade and losing Cesc and RvP at their prime. But for a single incident I’d say mad Jens being sent-off in the Champions League final…

Have you met any players, past or present..?
Quite a few. Love Charlie George. Just a brilliant guy. Similarly big Frank McLintock was great to talk to. Interviewed the Ox and Carl J for the club which was an honour. Have worked with Martin Keown who is an absolute gent. And Lee Dixon is a lovely man.

But of them all Bob Wilson is my dearest friend. I’m an ambassador for his and Megs charity, Willow. As a former goalkeeper myself it means a lot to know him.

Do you have a favourite away ground…?
I don’t travel away for numerous dull reasons. My mate Lodgey keeps promising to take me…

Will Wilshere still be playing for Arsenal in 5 years time…?
Yes he will. We will be champions, we will have won the Champions League and we will be the most solvent club in works football.

Do you think Wenger is still the right man for the job…?
Who is out there to replace him?

Will the Gooners win something this season…?
Yes; Management Accounts of the Year.

 

Hardeep Singh Kohli’s tour ‘Hardeep Is Your Love’ kicks off this month.

 

Jimmy To The Rescue!
BOBBY Recalls Classic 4-4 North London Derby from 1963

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15th October 1963: Jimmy Greaves walks away after helping to tend to a fan who fainted before kick-off at the Arsenal v Tottenham match at Highbury. The 67,857 crammed into the stadium had filled it to capacity.

Greaves went on to open the scoring as Spurs stormed into a 4-2 lead at the interval with further goals from Bobby Smith (2) and Dave Mackay – Eastham twice pulling the Gunners within 2 in response.

With only five minutes remaining Tottenham still held the two goal lead acquired in the first half but Arsenal pulled one back through Baker and then equalised with a header from Strong at a corner with only twenty seconds of injury time remaining. For the third time in five years the North London derby had ended 4-4.

In the end the point was sufficient to take Tottenham to the top of the First Division, but after that finish it was Arsenal who felt like the victors that night.

 

Cup Half Full..? + 2014 Odds
Will the Country Ever Rekindle it’s Love for the FA Cup..?

by Karl Hofer.

It has had it’s issues of late, but the FA Cup is still the world’s oldest football knockout competition,  and its role in the history of the beautiful game is unprecedented.

The FA Cup Final has been an indelible part of English national consciousness for over a century. Since the dawn of the television era the entire nation (and many other countries around the world) have been transfixed by the great spectacle from North London.

The whole of FA Cup Final Saturday would build up to 3 pm. Both ITV and the BBC would begin their coverage earlier and earlier each year to milk the viewers, sometimes as early as 8am!

The final itself generated so much excitement; we can all recall the TV crew on the bus to the stadium from the hotel, the players walking round the pitch in their specially tailored suits for the day, the crowd singing ‘abide with me’ – and teams would always release a single during the build up.

Not anymore though. With the incredible amount of live football on TV nowadays such romance and sentiment is unlikely to ever return, which is a shame. Be careful what you wish for as they say…

Regardless, the FA Cup has also produced some amazing memories and some fantastic games over the years, too many to reminisce about here. But before we look at the odds to win the 2014 competition lets remember three finals whose anniversaries are this year;

25 Years Ago: Everton 2-3 Liverpool

What a final, a Merseyside derby no less. The final was played only five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster and before kick-off there was an impeccably observed minute’s silence while the teams wore black armbands as a sign of respect. Gerry Marsden, lead singer of Gerry & the Pacemakers, led the crowd in an emotional rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone before the sides served up a match fitting for the occasion.

Liverpool went ahead after four minutes through John Aldridge, and held onto that lead until the final minute, when Everton substitute Stuart McCall equalised, and a pitch invasion by Everton fans ensued.

McCall’s goal was the last kick of the 90 minutes and the match went into extra time. On 95 minutes, Liverpool substitute Ian Rush scored with a half-volley on the turn to give Liverpool a 2–1 lead. Everton again equalised five minutes later when McCall again scored, chesting and volleying past Bruce Grobbelaar into the corner of the net. However, Rush – who had scored twice in Liverpool’s 3–1 win in the first Merseyside derby Final three years earlier – scored his second goal in the 104th minute with a header from a John Barnes cross and Liverpool would triumph once more.

30 Years Ago: Watford 0-2 Everton

The final of 1984 is remembered for Everton’s controversial second goal. After Graeme Sharp had put the Toffees ahead with a clinical finish late in the first half, Andy Gray seemed to head the ball out of the grasp of Watford keeper Steve Sherwood when he put Everton two up, but referee John Hunting allowed it to stand.

This victory ended a 14 year wait for silverware at Goodison Park and was the first trophy of the very successful Howard Kendall era. This was Watford’s only cup final appearance and Gray ensured that Elton John’s team left with the blues. 

 35 Years Ago: Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United

Terry Neill’s Arsenal held on to edge past Manchester United in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest-ever finishes to an FA Cup final. For over 85 minutes the game had been largely unremarkable, Arsenal having taken control with a 2–0 half time lead through goals from Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton. In the 86th minute, however, Gordon McQueen scored following a set-piece, and two minutes later Sammy McIlroy dribbled past two Arsenal players to score a dramatic equaliser.

United’s celebrations proved short-lived however, as with the game poised for extra time Alan Sunderland scored a last-minute winner, making the final result Arsenal 3–2 Manchester United. This match is often referred to as the “Five-minute Final”.

THE ODDS – (Updated Jan 6th)

Man City  4/1,  Chelsea  9/2, Arsenal  9/2, Liverpool  11/2, Everton  8/1, Southampton  12/1, Swansea 25/1,  Sunderland  40/1, Stoke  40/1, Hull  40/1, Fulham  50/1, Palace  50/1, Forest 66/1, Norwich 66/1, Brighton  80/1, Bolton 80/1, Wigan  100/1, Ipswich  100/1

Odds courtesy of PaddyPower.

 

THUNDERBOLT!
Gazza Steals The Show at First Ever Wembley Semi

by Rob Shepherd.

Next Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash between Arsenal and Tottenham evokes memories of the famous 1991 semi-final.

Given the enormous interest, a pointless exercise of both sets of London fans travelling north to Old Trafford was avoided, meaning it became first semi-final to be staged at Wembley.

It was a thrilling game best remembered for Paul Gascoigne’s astonishing 5th minute free kick to open the scoring – seemingly all the way from Willesden (see belolw).

Gascoigne had been a massive doubt for the game because he was recovering from a hernia operation.

A couple of weeks before I met up with him in the South of France where we had been watching Chris Waddle score the goal that saw Marseille beat AC Milan in the quarter finals of the European Cup.

Gazza gave me an interview insisting he would be fit for the semi-final which at the time seemed wishful thinking.

But he fulfilled his pledge. While he was not fit enough to last the distance, Gascoigne on his return to action at Wembley produced a whirlwind display that blew Arsenal – who would win the title that season – away.

Apart for the astonishing opening goal he later paved the way for Gary Lineker’s second. Alan Smith (yes, he’s on telly too now) pulled one back but Lineker then clinched a 3-1 triumph for Spurs.

Gazza’s joy at the final whistle is clear for all to see in this brief interview;

In the final Spurs beat Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest. It was a game which for Gazza would be in stark contrast to the joie d vivre exuded that semi-final day…

 

Happy Birthday Wrighty! PLUS: ‘Arry makes a Wright balls up!

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November 3rd is the birthday of Palace and Arsenal legend (and all round top bloke) Ian Wright.

Ian will be 49 this year, so we decided to dig up a classic photo of him in his glory days to mark the occasion. Here he is in a photo taken by celebrated photographer Mark Leech about to decapitate Blackburn goalie Tim Flowers.

Wright also played for West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Celtic and Burnley before hanging up his boots for a successful career in media. But it is for his achievements with Arsenal, and before that Crystal Palace, that he is best remembered.

Wright was named as Palace’s ‘Player of the Century’ in 2005. During his six full seasons at Selhurst Park Wright scored 117 times for The Eagles and helped guide them to promotion to the top flight and reach an FA Cup Final.

That led Arsenal to pay £2.5m for his services in September 1991, a club record fee at the time. Wright wasted no time in winning over the Highbury faithful, scoring a hat-trick in his league debut against Southampton.

Seven seasons of success followed during which Wright scored 185 times for The Gunners and won the Premier League, the Cup Winners Cup, the League Cup and two FA Cups.

He cemented his place in Arsenal history on 13th September 1997 when he broke Cliff Bastin’s club goalscoring record of 178 with a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers – a feat that was surpassed in 2005 by Thierry Henry.

Carl Who..?

But it all could have been so different…

Wright was a late starter into professional football, eventually signing for Palace just shy of 22 after impressing in a trial in 1985. Months before that Wright happened to spot Harry Redknapp, then manager of Bournemouth, on a spying mission at a non-league game.

Harry takes up the story;

‘I remember one Bank Holiday Monday me and my wife, Sandra, fancied a day out together. So I told her I was going to Nuneaton to watch a centre forward called Carl Richards, a big, handsome boy who looked like Carl Lewis – and ran like him. I called him over after the game. He had never heard of me, but I told him I would sign him, offered him £220-a-week and then went to see his manager to do the deal with Enfield.

‘While I was waiting, Carl’s mate came up to me and said, “Don’t sign him, sign me. I’m a much better player”. I signed Carl, ignored the other bloke.

His mate was Ian Wright… ‘

Opps…

by Karl Hofer

 

Will the Gunners be Singing the Blues Again?

by Richard Bowdery.

Have you heard the one about the Englishman, the Irishman and the Scotsman? Two wore red, one wore blue, all three scored and it was the first time their clubs had met. No?

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Frank Stapleton scored in Arsenal’s first ever meeting with Chelsea in the League Cup

Well it was thirty seven years ago this week that Arsenal faced Chelsea for the first time ever in the League Cup. They met in the fourth round and goals from Frank Stapleton and Trevor Ross for the Gunners saw them gain a 2-1 victory over the Blues whose only goal was scored by David Hay.

Fast forward to Tuesday 29 October 2013 and they meet again in the fourth round and the rivalry will be just as intense; although it is probably fair to say this particular cup competition isn’t held in the same esteem as it was in the 70s. But then again calling it the Milk Cup does have a devaluing effect.

In total both sides have met five times at various stages in this competition with Chelsea claiming the bragging rights over Arsenal, so far, having won three times to Arsenal’s two successes. That could all change when the referee blows for full-time on Tuesday.

Both clubs have reached the final stage of this competition a combined total of 13 times since its inauguration in 1961 (the winner’s that year were Aston Villa who beat Rotherham United).

Their respective records are:

Arsenal – winners in 1987 and 1993 and runners-up in 1968, 1969, 1988, 2007 and 2011.

Chelsea – winners in 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007 and runner-up in 1972 and 2008.

Those eagle eyed among you will note that both sides featured in the 2007 final which was also another first: the first time two London club’s contested a League Cup final. Arsenal took the lead through Theo Walcott’s first ever goal for the club but a goal in each half from Didier Drogba sealed the win for Chelsea in an incident packed match (see below).

And the reference to the Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman at the start of this piece? You have the names, so I’ll leave you to work it out…

 

richard@bobbyfc.com

Gunners Get The Blues Wenger and Mourinho Look to Gain the Upper Hand

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Steve Morrow scored Arsenal’s winner in 1993. In this pic Tony Adams is just moments away from breaking his arm…

by Rob Shepherd.

There was a time when Arsene Wenger used the League Cup sponsored by Capital One as a test lab for his young players.

But no longer.

Without any silverware since 2005 Wenger has increasingly taken the competition more seriously.

But The Gunners have lost the two finals they have reached since, in 2011 to Birmingham and 2007, yes to Chelsea.

That was the season when Mourinho left and Avram Grant ‘took over’ as manager – although most of the time it seemed the senior players ran the show, like Didier Drogba who terrorised the Gunners and scored the winner in that final.

This clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at The Emirates is the plum tie of the Capital One Cup Fourth Round.

One suspects the winners of this game can win the cup. Both are priced at 7-1 so now is the time to get on one or the other.

Wenger has indicated he will play a strong side. Chelsea may well rest John Terry and Frank Lampard. But with David Luiz and Juan Mata to come in it could be some game.

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George Graham won the League Cup as a manager with Arsenal and as a player with Chelsea

And Chelsea have a stronger heritage in the League Cup than the Gunners. The Blues have won it four times, only Manchester United and Aston Villa have won it more.

Arsenal have only won it twice, in ’87 and ’93 back in the George Graham era.

Interestingly Graham played for the Chelsea side that won the trophy for the first time in 1965 when they beat Leicester over two legs.

Bobby Tabling and Terry Venables scored for the Blues at the Bridge. But both times the goals were equalised until Eddie McCreadie went on a late dribble and beat Leicester’s keeper….Gordon Banks.

The second leg was a goal-less draw. The Chelsea manager ? Tommy Docherty.

Below are the highlights of Gianluca Vialli’s first game in charge of Chelsea, which was against Arsenal in the semi-final of the League Cup in 1998 – Watch out for a thunderbolt from Robbie Di Matteo.