By Gary Watton
March 12 2014
Here are the magnificent seven occasions when west London's finest won the FA Cup. Remarkably, Chelsea had only won this coveted trophy once prior to 1997. However, in the subsequent fifteen years, the Blues compensated for years of under-achievement with seven appearances in the final, six of which they won.
CHELSEA 3 Birmingham City 0
Peter Osgood opened the scoring just before half time and Ian Hutchinson added two goals in the last 15 minutes. Birmingham were managed by Stan Cullis.
CHELSEA 2 Burnley 2
Hollins and Osgood scored in quick succession halfway through the second half, but a Dobson double in the last ten minutes took the tie north to Turf Moor.
Burnley 1 CHELSEA 3 (after extra time)
A Coates goal gave the hosts the interval lead. Peter Houseman however equalised and added the third near the end of extra time. Baldwin also scored.
Crystal Palace 1 CHELSEA 4
Osgood scored shortly before half time. Although Palace equalised after the interval, Dempsey, Houseman, and Hutchinson all scored in the last half hour.
Queen's Park Rangers 2 CHELSEA 4
Webb and Osgood scored in the first ten minutes and Peter Osgood added two more goals. QPR's goals came from ex-Chelsea players Venables and Bridges.
CHELSEA 5 Watford 1
Webb scored an early goal from a corner, but Garbett levelled. In the second half, Houseman scored twice, while Osgood and Hutchinson also found the net.
CHELSEA 2 Leeds United 2 (after extra time)
Charlton's header from a corner was cancelled out by a speculative shot from Houseman. Jones restored the lead, but Hutchinson headed a late equaliser.
CHELSEA 2 Leeds United 1 (after extra time)
Jones fired Leeds ahead shortly before half time. A diving header from Osgood took the match into extra time when Webb headed home from close range.
CHELSEA 3 West Bromwich Albion 0
Dennis Wise scored shortly before the interval. Craig Burley added a second, having just come on as a substitute. Zola added the third in the final minute.
CHELSEA 4 Liverpool 2
Mark Hughes cut the deficit to 2-1 at the start of the second half. Then Franco Zola equalised and Luca Vialli scored twice against a shell-shocked Liverpool.
Leicester City 2 CHELSEA 2
The Blues were cruising at half time, courtesy of goals from Di Matteo and Hughes. However, a late own goal from Eddie Newton necessitated a replay.
CHELSEA 1 Leicester City 0 (after extra time)
The stalemate was heading towards a penalty shoot-out when Johnsen burst into the box and was 'fouled'. Leboeuf stepped up to fire home the crucial penalty.
Portsmouth 1 CHELSEA 4
Goals from Hughes and Wise presented Chelsea with a comfortable cushion at half time. Zola extended the lead and Wise added a late fourth to make it 4-1.
CHELSEA 3 Wimbledon 0
Mark Hughes scored just before the interval. Gianfranco Zola fired home a fine second and then cup specialist Hughes added a third on the stroke of full time.
CHELSEA 2 Middlesbrough 0
Robbie Di Matteo famously fired into the roof of the net inside fifty seconds and Eddie Newton struck from close range with less than ten minutes remaining.
Hull City 1 CHELSEA 6
Gus Poyet helped himself to a hat trick in this rout. Sutton and Di Matteo also scored either side of half time, while Wise completed the scoring at the very end.
CHELSEA 2 Nottingham Forest 0
Frank Leboeuf broke the deadlock shortly before the hour mark and his captain, Dennis Wise, sealed the home win with a second in the final five minutes.
CHELSEA 2 Leicester City 1
Gus Poyet gave the hosts the lead at the halfway stage. George Weah soon doubled the lead, but Matt Elliott scored a last-minute consolation.
CHELSEA 5 Gillingham 0
Flo scored the only goal of the first half. After the interval an a goals avalanche came from John Terry, Weah, a Zola penalty, and a late Jody Morris effort.
CHELSEA 2 Newcastle United 1
Gus Poyet skilfully found the net to give the Blues an interval lead. Rob Lee headed a fine equaliser before Poyet powered home a header to win the match.
CHELSEA 1 Aston Villa 0
Villa did their utmost to stifle Chelsea, and it took a mistake from James to enable Di Matteo to smash into the net from close range in the last 20 minutes.
CHELSEA 6 Macclesfield Town 1
Lampard scored Chelsea's first three goals, the last of which was a penalty. Further goals came from Wright-Phillips, and late efforts from Mikel and Carvalho.
CHELSEA 3 Nottingham Forest 0
Shevchenko and Drogba both scored to help the home team into a commanding early lead. John Obi Mikel added a killer third on the stroke of half time.
CHELSEA 4 Norwich City 0
Wright-Phillips and Drogba scored either side of half time. Shevchenko and Essien then added two more goals in the dying seconds of this comfortable win.
CHELSEA 3 Tottenham Hotspur 3
Trailing 3-1 at the interval, Chelsea escaped with a draw when Lampard scored with less than twenty minutes left and then Kalou volleyed home the equaliser.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 CHELSEA 2
Shevchenko broke the deadlock with a fine left-footed shot. Shaun Wright-Phillips doubled the lead soon after, before Robbie Keane converted a penalty.
Blackburn Rovers 1 CHELSEA 2 (after extra time)
Michael Ballack produced a fine pass to enable Lampard to open the scoring. Ballack then thumped home the winner almost twenty minutes into extra time.
CHELSEA 1 Manchester United 0 (after extra time)
The stalemate ended when Frank Lampard skilfully put Didier Drogba through and the big legend scored with about four minutes of extra time remaining.
CHELSEA 1 Southend United 1
Salomon Kalou scored halfway through the first half. However, the 'minnows' stunned the home crowd when Clarke recorded a last-minute equaliser.
Southend United 1 CHELSEA 4
Michael Ballack scored just before half time to cancel out Southend's early lead. Further goals came in the last half hour from Kalou, Anelka, and Lampard.
CHELSEA 3 Ipswich Town 1
Ballack scored just after a quarter of an hour. He then restored the lead almost on the hour mark. Frank Lampard then sealed the home win with a late goal.
Watford 1 CHELSEA 3
Priskin's goal provided Watford with a shock lead halfway through the second half. Anelka however recorded a crucial hat trick in the final fifteen minutes.
Coventry City 0 CHELSEA 2
Drogba scored after a quarter of an hour while Alex doubled the lead with less than twenty minutes left. This was Chelsea's only clean sheet in their cup run.
Arsenal 1 CHELSEA 2
Walcott's goal gave the Gunners an early lead. Fifteen minutes later Florent Malouda fired an equaliser. Didier Drogba raced through to score a late winner.
CHELSEA 2 Everton 1
Luis Saha fired home in the first minute. Drogba then headed home a great equaliser. Frank Lampard eventually struck the winner with a left-footed scorcher.
CHELSEA 5 Watford 0
Sturridge opened the scoring and netted the fifth goal. The Blues led 3-0 at the halfway stage and Lampard added a fourth. Malouda scored Chelsea's second.
Preston North End 0 CHELSEA 2
Anelka and Sturridge scored either side of half time. Hilario earned himself a rare shut-out as the Blues comfortably cruised into the last sixteen.
CHELSEA 4 Cardiff City 1
Drogba's early goal was cancelled out by Chopra. Then in the second half Ballack rsetored the lead and Sturridge extended it. Kalou added a late fourth goal.
CHELSEA 2 Stoke City 0
The English duo of Frank Lampard and John Terry scored in each half to secure another semi-final place. Hilario and defence achieved another clean sheet.
Aston Villa 0 CHELSEA 3
Didier Drogba broke the deadlock halfway through the second half. Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard added late goals. The 3-0 score flattered Chelsea.
CHELSEA 1 Portsmouth 0
The Blues were rampant but wasteful. Eventually Cech had to save a penalty, Drogba scored direct from a free kick, and Lampard fired a late penalty wide!
CHELSEA 4 Portsmouth 0
Mata opened the scoring at the start of the second half. Ramires added two late goals and Lampard did likewise. Their goals arrived in the last five minutes.
Queen's Park Rangers 0 CHELSEA 1
Juan Mata converted a penalty just after the hour mark. This avenged a 1-0 loss from before Christmas when the Blues had been reduced to nine men.
CHELSEA 1 Birmingham City 1
This time Mata missed a penalty, but Sturridge grabbed the equaliser in the second half, after Murphy's goal had given the visitors a half time lead.
Birmingham City 0 CHELSEA 2
Mata and Meireles scored in quick succession in the second half. Then Mata missed another penalty. This was Di Matteo's first match as the latest manager.
CHELSEA 5 Leicester City 2
Goals from Cahill and Kalou provided Chelsea with a comfortable half time lead. Torres added our next two goals and Raul Meireles scored at the very end.
CHELSEA 5 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Drogba and Mata scored either side of half time. Drogba's strike was superb. Bale reduced the lead, but Ramires, Lampard, and Malouda added further goals.
CHELSEA 2 Liverpool 1
Ramires scored at the near post to give Chelsea an early lead. Drogba doubled the lead shortly after half time. Carroll's goal proved to be only a consolation.