ON THIS DAY 29 YEARS AGO: ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS CUP FINAL

Chelsea had already tasted victory in the same competition in 1986 after a thrilling 5-4 victory against Manchester City. The Full Members Cup was a competition held between 1985 – 1992. It was also known as the Simod Cup before in it was known as the Zenith Data Systems Cup.

Before facing Middlesbrough in the final of the competition Chelsea had to play a two legged area Final against Crystal Palace. Chelsea did this with ease beating them 2-0 both home and away. Chelsea were in the first division in the 1989/90 season and Middlesbrough were in division two. Chelsea went into the final as clear favourites.

Chelsea Team:

Beasant, Hall, Dorigo, Bumstead, Johnsen, Monkou, McAllister, Nicholas, Dixon, Durie, K.Wilson

Subs: Lee, C.Wilson

Result: Chelsea 1-0 Middlesbrough

Chelsea Goal: Dorigo (25)

Attendance: 76,369

The Game:

It was Chelsea manager Bobby Campbell’s first visit to Wembley and he proudly led the team out onto the famous pitch.

Middlesbrough had the first chance of the game and should of opened the scoring but it was Chelsea’s Peter Nicholas who saved the day with a fantastic clearance with many thinking the ball had gone in.

Picture via mediastorehouse.com

It was however Chelsea who opened the scoring on 25 minutes with a fantastic free kick from Tony Dorigo. The goalkeeper got a hand to it but nothing was going to stop the ball flying into the top corner. Dorigo had another free kick in the first half from a similar position but this time it was saved.

During the second half Gordon Durie was put through in on goal but great goalkeeping denied him getting to the ball first. Some called for a penalty but it was correctly not given.

Picture via chelseafc.com

Middlesbrough had a shot just over the bar in the search for an equaliser. Shortly after Peter Nicholas was named man of the match the referee blew his whistle and Chelsea had won the cup!

Picture via chelseafc.com

Wembley days out are always a special occasion despite what competition it is. Half the stadium a sea of blue and another memorable blue day.

Up the Chels!

Written By Chris Wright

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