Video of the Day: Chelsea vs Manchester City, January 1971

by | Jan 27, 2016

We’re continuing a week’s worth of matches from the FA Cup Fourth Round this afternoon with a match between Chelsea and Manchester City from a somewhat soggy Stamford Bridge in 1971. This was a match between the previous two years’ winners of the competition. In 1970, Chelsea had beaten Leeds United at Old Trafford after a replay following a draw at Wembley in a final pushed forward to the second week in April because of the England team’s preparations for that summer’s World Cup finals. The replay attracted a British television audience of over 28 million people, the second highest British television audience for a sports broadcast (behind the 1966 World Cup Final), and still the sixth highest audience for any British television broadcast.

A year earlier, Manchester City had triumphed at Wembley when a goal from the late Neil Young was enough to give the team a one-nil win against Leicester City. The following year, City had reached the final of the European Cup Winners Cup and won that trophy as well, beating the Polish club Górnik Zabrze in the final, which was held in Vienna. With a somewhat pleasing symmetry, Chelsea would go on to end the 1970/71 season in a similar manner, beating Real Madrid in a match held in the Greek port city of Piraeus. Completing a hat-trick of British wins in this competition, Rangers won the trophy in 1972, beating Dynamo Moscow in Barcelona. In the case of all three clubs, it was their first European trophy win. Only Chelsea of these three have added to that total since. On a cold, grey afternoon in West London at the end of January, though, it was more likely that the players concerned had thoughts of Wembley than European adventures on their minds. Commentary comes from Brian Moore.

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