As we are now in pre season and eagerly anticipating the start of the new Premier League season I thought it would be the perfect time look back on a pre season tournament during the summer of 1993.

This pre season tournament was initially a summer tournament in London and was actually organised by Arsenal and it was originally named the Wembley International Tournament with games played at the home of football. The cup gained sponsors ‘Makita’ in 1988 and the competition was played at various locations until the final competition in the summer of 1994.

During the summer of 1993 with Glenn Hoddle only just being appointed new player manager Chelsea were to participate in the Makita Tournament alongside Tottenham, Ajax and Lazio. The chosen venue was Tottenham’s White Hart Lane.

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Tottenham 3-2 SS Lazio

Chelsea’s opening game was against Dutch giants Ajax.

Picture via chelseafc.com

Chelsea Team:

Hitchcock, Hall, Dow, Hoddle (Lee 74), Johnsen, Sinclair, Donaghy, Fleck, Cascarino, Peacock (Stuart 56), Wise

Result:

Ajax 1-1 Chelsea (Chelsea win 4-2 on penalties)

Chelsea Goals:

Hall (27)

Picture via official Chelsea FC match day programme

Attendance:

13,554

Key Moments:

Picture via the official Chelsea FC match day programme

It was defender Gareth Hall who scored the goal (27 minutes) for Chelsea with the game going to a penalty shoot out after the game finished 1-1. Dennis Wise, David Lee, Robert Fleck and Tony Cascarino all scored in the shoot out with Gareth Hall the only Chelsea player to miss. Goalkeeper Kevin Hitchcock made two saves in the shoot out.

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So it would be Chelsea and Tottenham in the final. Winning their opening games it would be the two London rivals who would meet the very next day. Ajax beat Lazio 2-0 in the 3rd / 4th place play off.

Chelsea Team:

Hitchcock, Clarke, Dow, Hoddle (Pearce 81), Johnsen, Lee, Donaghy, Spencer, Cascarino (Shipperley 69), Peacock, Wise

Result:

Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham

Picture via the official Chelsea FC match day programme

Chelsea Goals:

Cascarino (13, 31, 52), Peacock (39)

Attendance:

12,780

Key Moments:

Picture via chelseafc.com

Chelsea dominated the final from the very start of the match. After half an hour Chelsea were already 2-0 up with a brace from Tony Cascarino. New signing Gavin Peacock made it 3-0 shortly before half time. Cascarino completed his hat trick early in the second half and that’s how it finished. Chelsea won the Makita Tournament beating Tottenham 4-0 at White Hart Lane. The player of the Tournament was Glenn Hoddle.

Picture via Total Football magazine

Hope you enjoyed looking back on the very start of Glenn Hoddle’s era at Chelsea and it all started by thrashing Tottenham on their own pitch.

Written By Chris Wright

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