10 months ago - Posted by - stanley okonkwo
With the Blues hosting the Magpies today, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton recount some of our past encounters...
Stamford Bridge has been a difficult ground for Newcastle over the decades. They have left with all the points on just three of their past 50 league visits over 63 years.
There were memorable 4-0 and 6-0 Blues victories the early 1980s, and equally one-sided matches in the 2000s. The 5-0 of November 2003 was a glimpse into the promised land under new owner Roman Abramovich.
There were five different goalscorers for Claudio Ranieri against Bobby Robson’s men, three of them (Glen Johnson, Hernan Crespo, and Damien Duff) part of one of the most remarkable spending sprees in football that summer, and the other two (Frank Lampard and Eidur Gudjohnsen) already destined for legend status at the Bridge.
Chelsea’s sixth successive victory started when dashing right-back Johnson lashed in his first goal for his new club, and Crespo tapped in a second before Andy O’Brien was dismissed for illegally depriving Adrian Mutu of a goalscoring opportunity. Lampard dispatched the penalty.
Duff later capped a brilliant display by picking up Shay Given’s loose kick, leaving Stephen Caldwell for dead and drilling into the net, and Gudjohnsen completed a neat move with his head to make the final score 5-0.