50 Years of Chelsea: 1990-91

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The Chelsea FanCast looks back, season by season, to 50 Years of Chelsea history from 1970 to the present day.

Stamford Chidge is joined by Jonathan Kydd and Dan Silver to look back at the 1990-91 season.

Chelsea supporters went in to the 1990-91 season buoyed by the record signings of Denis Wise and Andy Townsend. Ken Bates appeared to showing some ambition.

But the campaign never got going and Chelsea finished a disappointing 10th place, an early exit in round 3 of the FA Cup and a League Cup semi-final defeat to old rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

As has always been the case with Chelsea and glorious unpredictability they did inflict the only defeat in the season on eventual champions Arsenal as well as doing the double over Man Utd and beating league runners up Liverpool 4-2 in the final home match of the season. They also beat Spurs at home and in the League Cup – nothing new about that though!

Chelsea could live with the best but inconsistency was the issue. Most of the pieces were there but not necessarily in the right places and there were some horrible dips in form.

The top scorers were Kerry Dixon & Gordon Durie with 15 goals; Dave Beasant was top appearance maker with 45 and Player of the Year was Andy Townsend.

The future looked bright with many home-grown prospects in David Lee; Gareth Hall; Frank Sinclair; Jason Cundy; Graeme Le Saux; Graham Stuart; Damien Matthew; Craig Burley all playing a significant part in the

season.

The future of English football was interesting with the FA announcing the ‘Blueprint for Football’ which heralded the creation of the Premier League in June 1991.

To help us celebrate 50 Years of Chelsea we've partnered with 3Retro who have a superb collection of Chelsea retro gear and are offering 10% OFF when you use the 3RETRO10 code and if you order over £50 of merch you get FREE UK delivery.



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