Chelsea FC
Chelsea's Domination Of Tottenham, 1990-2006
By Gary Watton
March 2 2014

I have included the Tottensham league cup humiliation of Chelsea [albeit against ten men] which represented an oasis of pleasure for them in an otherwise barren desert of embarrassing failure. Incidentally, this torturous sequence for the second most successful club in norf London was eventually ended by a bizarre 2-1 win at the Lane in November 2006 when Claude Makalele scored a screamer for Chelsea. A Makalele goal coupled with a Tottensham win against Chelsea: what were the odds on those twin phenomena? I would venture to say that they were probably akin to Halley’s Comet arriving in your front garden.

Whilst Cheslea were a bridge too far for the mythically mighty Spurs, the Blues had many nice trips to the little venue of ”Three Points Lane’. Throughout much of the nineties, Chelsea remained a ‘work in progress’, but there was one glorious circumstance where west London’s finest excelled themselves, and that was in their superiority over the supposed superpower [a media myth] of Tottensham Hotspur. Mind you, Chelsea’s bragging rights were merely confined to Tottensham. Alas, the Blues themselves came unstuck time and again against those pesky Arse-Nil people, but hey let’s whitewash that apparent fact, or at least leave some gloating Arse-Nil blogger to record those various ordeals and under-achievement. I cannot believe that Chelsea Football Club have not commissioned a DVD celebration of Chelsea’s prolonged ascendancy over the ["we think we're mighty"] Spurs. Still, in the absence of such material, permit me to bask in the glory of our extended dominance of the invisible superpower from norf London.

CHELSEA 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2; Division One; 1st December 1990; crowd: 33,478

This Chelsea team were high-scoring in December 1990. They were equally generous at the other end of the field.

Scorers: Dixon, Durie, Bumstead; Gascoigne, Lineker

CHELSEA 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Rumbelows League Cup quarter-final; 16th January 1991; crowd: 34,178

Mid-table Chelsea dominated this match but must have feared the worst when they didn’t convert their chances.

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 3; Rumbelows League Cup quarter-final; 23rd January 1991; crowd: 33,861

Against all expectations, the away team put Tottenham to the sword in this emphatic cup triumph.

Scorers: Dixon, Townsend, Wise [penalty]

Tottenham Hotspur 1 CHELSEA 1; Division One; 2nd March 1991; crowd: 26,168

The ‘mighty’ Spurs had to rely upon a Gary Lineker spot kick to ensure a share of the spoils on this occasion.

Scorers: Lineker [penalty]; Durie

Tottenham Hotspur 1 CHELSEA 3; Division One; 24th August 1991; crowd: 34,645

This was a great win against the FA Cup holders, but thereafter Chelsea slipped back into mediocrity.

Scorers: Lineker; Dixon, Wilson, Townsend

CHELSEA 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Division One; 11th January 1992; crowd: 28,628

Clive Allen scored against his former club in an all-too-brief stay at Stamford Bridge in another routine win.

Scorers: Allen, Wise

Tottenham Hotspur 1 CHELSEA 2; Premier League; 5th December 1992; crowd: 31,540

Eddie Newton broke the deadlock with less than 15 minutes remaining. Sol Campbell netted a late consolation.

Scorers: Campbell; Newton (2)

CHELSEA 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1; Premier League; 20th March 1993; crowd: 25,157

The two scorers were once a deadly duo for Millwall three seasons ago. The hosts trailed here 1-0 at the interval.

Scorers: Cascarino; Sheringham [penalty]

Tottenham Hotspur 1 CHELSEA 1; Premier League; 1st September 1993; crowd: 27,567

A late Sheringham spot kick cancelled out Cascarino’s goal that came a quarter of the way through the match.

Scorers: Sheringham [penalty]; Cascarino

CHELSEA 4 Tottenham Hotspur 3; Premier League; 27th February 1994; crowd: 19,398

‘Spurs’ led 2-0 after twenty minutes before Chelsea went 3-2 ahead at half-time. Stein’s winning goal was a penalty.

Scorers: Donaghy, Stein (2), Spencer; Sedgley, Dozzell, Gray [penalty]

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 0; Premier League; 23rd November 1994; crowd: 27,037

Neil Shipperley made his final Chelsea appearance in this fairly forgettable stalemate.

CHELSEA 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1; Premier League; 11th February 1995; crowd: 30,812

An early goal from Teddy Sheringham was negated by a late equaliser from his England colleague Dennis Wise.

Scorers: Wise; Sheringham

CHELSEA 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Premier League; 25th November 1995; crowd: 31,059

Dimitri Kharine and Ian Walker both collected clean sheets for the second successive year in this bore draw.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 CHELSEA 1; Premier League; 27th April 1996; crowd: 32,918

Mark Hughes gave Chelsea the lead shortly before half time. Chris Armstrong equalised 17 minutes from time.

Scorers: Armstrong; Hughes

CHELSEA 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1; Premier League; 26th October 1996; crowd: 28,318

This match came four days after the death of Matthew Harding. The Blues had been held 1-1 at the interval.

Scorers: Gullit, Lee [penalty], Di Matteo; Armstrong

Tottenham Hotspur 1 CHELSEA 2; Premier League; 1st February 1997; crowd: 33,027

Di Matteo’s second half effort gave him two goals for the season against Spurs. Howells netted a late consolation.

Scorers: Howells; Campbell [own goal], Di Matteo

Tottenham Hotspur 1 CHELSEA 6; Premier League; 6th December 1997; crowd: 28,476

Amazingly this match was 1-1 at half time before the rout began. Flo only broke the deadlock in the 40th minute.

Scorers: Vega; Flo (3), Di Matteo, Petrescu, Nicholls

CHELSEA 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Premier League; 11th April 1998; crowd: 34,149

Chelsea broke the visitors’ resistance in the final quarter of an hour to record another double against Tottenham.

Scorers: Flo, Vialli

CHELSEA 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Premier League; 19th December 1998; crowd: 34,881

For the second time in the year, Chelsea scored two late goals and kept a clean sheet against hapless Tottenham.

Scorers: Poyet, Flo

Tottenham Hotspur 2 CHELSEA 2; Premier League; 10th May 1999; crowd: 35,878

Chelsea scored at the beginning and near the end of this thriller. Tottenham scored either side of the interval.

Scorers: Iverson, Ginola; Poyet, Goldbaek

CHELSEA 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Premier League; 12th January 2000; crowd: 34,969

African superstar George Weah scored in the last four minutes as Tottenham failed again to score at the Bridge.

Scorer: Weah

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 1; Premier League; 5th February 2000; crowd: 36,041

The under-achieving Bernard Lambourde scored the decisive goal shortly after the interval of this close contest.

Scorer: Lambourde

CHELSEA 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Premier League; 28th October 2000; crowd: 34,966

Hasselbaink’s first goal was a penalty. His second was a late effort after his team led 2-0 at the halfway stage.

Scorers: Hasselbaink (2), Zola

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 3; Premier League; 17th April 2001; crowd: 36,074

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink handed the visitors a 1-0 interval lead. Chelsea again kept a clean sheet against Spurs.

Scorers: Hasselbaink, Poyet, Gudjohnsen

Tottenham Hotspur 2 CHELSEA 3; Premier League; 16th September 2001; crowd: 36,037

Hasselbaink gave the Blues the half time lead again. His second effort was a penalty which restored the lead.

Scorers: Sheringham (2); Hasselbaink (2), Desailly

CHELSEA 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1; Worthington Cup semi-final; 9th January 2002; crowd: 37,264

In this first leg, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for the fourth successive time opened the scoring against Tottenham. 

Scorers: Hasselbaink (2); Ferdinand

Tottenham Hotspur 5 CHELSEA 1; Worthington Cup semi-final; 23rd January 2002; crowd: 36,100

In this second leg, every Spurs shot seemed to fly into the roof of the net. It was basically a freak performance. 

Scorers: Iverson, Sherwood, Sheringham, Davies, Rebrov; Forssell

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 4; FA Cup Sixth Round; 10th March 2002; crowd: 32,896

William Gallas provided the Blues with the interval lead. The second half proved to be a cruise for the visitors.

Scorers: Gallas, Gudjohnsen (2), Le Saux

CHELSEA 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Premier League; 13th March 2002; crowd: 39,652

The prolific Hasselbaink yet again gave the hosts a 1-0 half-time lead. He added two more for his rampant team.

Scorers: Hasselbaink (3), Lampard

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 0; Premier League; 3rd November 2002; crowd: 36,049

Kasey Keller became that rarest of species: a Tottenham goalkeeper who kept a clean sheet against Chelsea!

CHELSEA 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1; Premier League; 1st February 2003; crowd: 41,384

Zola’s equaliser maintained Chelsea’s push towards a Champions League spot. This match was 1-1 at half time.

Scorers: Zola; Sheringham

CHELSEA 4 Tottenham Hotspur 2; Premier League; 13th September 2003; crowd: 41,165

Chelsea trailed 1-0 before leading 2-1 at the interval. New recruit Adrian Mutu was the star of the show.

Scorers: Lampard, Mutu (2), Hasselbaink; Kanoute (2)

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 1; Premier League; 3rd April 2004; crowd: 36,101

In a case of deja-vu, Hasselbaink scored shortly before half time as Chelsea pushed Arsenal for the Premiership.

Scorer: Hasselbaink

CHELSEA 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Premier League; 19th September 2004; crowd: 42,246

Jose Mourinho complained of a ‘parked bus’ by the visitors, a tactic he himself has perfected before and since!

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 2; Premier League; 15th January 2005; crowd: 36,105

Chelsea’s defence was too solid for Tottenham’s pressure. At the other end, Lampard netted once in each half.

Scorer: Lampard (2)

Tottenham Hotspur 0 CHELSEA 2; Premier League; 27th August 2005; crowd: 36,077

Asier Del Horno was not a big success in west London but he did give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the halfway stage.

Scorers: Del Horno, Duff

CHELSEA 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1; Premier League; 11th March 2006; crowd: 42,243

Jenas cancelled out Essien’s early goal before Gallas broke Tottenham’s hearts with a stunning late winner.

Scorers: Essien, Gallas; Jenas