ON THIS DAY IN 2005: BOLTON WANDERERS 0-2 CHELSEA

It was fourteen years ago today that Chelsea secured their first league title in 50 years with a 2-0 victory at The Reebok Stadium.

Chelsea had an important Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg at Anfield a few days later so it was vital to get the title wrapped up before this game and the final three league games.

Chelsea Team:

Cech, Geremi, Terry, Carvalho, Gallas, Tiago, Makelele (Smertin 90), Lampard, Jarosik, Gudjohnsen (J.Cole 85), Drogba (Huth 65)

Result:

Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea Goals:

Lampard 60, 76

Attendance:

27,653

The Game:

A game against Bolton back then was never an easy match and they were a club that would often cause an upset against the bigger teams.

Both Damien Duff and Arjen Robben were ruled out of the game through injury and it was initially thought that Jose Mourinho had put out a weakened team.

Picture via standard.co.uk

The day belonged to Chelsea as Frank Lampard struck twice in the 60th and 76th minute. Chelsea did survive an earlier Bolton onslaught but Lampard scored from close range on the hour mark.

Petr Cech made a fine save shortly before Lampard broke free again to score a fantastic solo goal with fifteen minutes remaining.

Picture via pintrest.co.uk

Both goals were scored in front of Chelsea’s fantastic away support. The scenes of celebration on the pitch that day will never be forgotten by Chelsea supporters across the world.

I personally couldn’t get a ticket for the game but I watched the match in a packed ‘Shed Bar’ now known as Frankies. The party down the Fulham Road after the final whistle was incredible.

Picture via standard.co.uk

‘Have you ever seen Chelsea win the league?’

‘Yes we have!’

Picture via pintrest.co.uk

Written by Chris Wright

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