Glenn Hoddle arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 1993 as player manager was a very exciting time for all Chelsea fans.
Beating Tottenham 4-0 at White Hart Lane to win the Makita Tournament was the highlight of pre season.
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Key players to join Glenn Hoddle’s squad: Number 10 Gavin Peacock and defender Jakob Kjeldberg.
Key Players: Dennis Wise (c), Gavin Peacock, John Spencer & Mark Stein.
Top Goalscorer’s in all competitions: Mark Stein & Gavin Peacock (14).
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Later in the season Mark Stein was signed for £1.5m from Stoke City. Mark went on to score in seven consecutive matches for Chelsea between December 1993 – February 1994. It was then a record. He became a fans favourite and his goals were vital to Chelsea during this season.
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The Premier League:
The league campaign itself was nothing short of disappointing finishing in 14th position having flirted with the relegation places during the season. Many fans will thank Mark Stein for his goals that were vital to us.
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Highlights included an incredible 4-3 win at home to Tottenham, a 1-0 home victory over Liverpool and completing a double over Manchester United winning 1-0 home and away. Our league form did suffer as a result of getting to our first F.A Cup Final in 24 years.
The F.A Cup:
Chelsea needed replays against both Barnet and Sheffield Wednesday to get to the 5th Round.
A 2-1 victory at Oxford and a 1-0 Quarter Final win against Wolves in front of a packed Stamford Bridge crowd ensured a trip to Wembley to face Luton Town in the Semi Final.
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The Semi Final was my first trip to Wembley and Chelsea went into the tie expectedly as favourites. It was a fantastic day with Chelsea winning 2-0 with both goals coming from Gavin Peacock. Chelsea fans will also remember this game for an emotional reception given to former Chelsea legend Kerry Dixon who was then playing for Luton Town.
The final was against already crowned champions Manchester United. Chelsea went into the final as underdogs but having already completed a league double over them their was a feeling of optimism amongst supporters.
At half time the score was 0-0 with Chelsea having the best chance with Gavin Peacock hitting the crossbar. The second half Manchester United really showed their dominance scoring four goals with two of them coming from the penalty spot.
Despite the 4-0 defeat many thousands of Chelsea supporters lined the streets of Fulham to welcome back our heroes the following day.
As a result of Manchester United winning the double Chelsea entered the European Cup Winners Cup the following season.
Written by Chris Wright