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Chelsea v Newcastle United Ahead of tomorrow’s game, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton recall some of our past FA Cup encounters with the Magpies…

We Have History

Chelsea v Newcastle United have met at this stage of the FA Cup three times previously, one of them a replay, and 10 times overall in the competition.

Our first round-four clash was during World War One. The conflict broke out before the start of the 1914/15 season, but football carried on until the following spring. In fact the FA Cup campaign that year ended with Chelsea’s first-ever appearance in the competition’s decider – the so-called ‘khaki final’ against Sheffield United.

The fourth tie on the road to the final paired the west Londoners with the 1911 runners-up from the North-East, and on Saturday 6 March a Stamford Bridge crowd approaching 60,000 watched a 1-1 draw, the Pensioners’ one-eyed striker Bob Thomson (pictured right) opening the scoring before Tommy Goodwill equalised for the visitors.

Extra-time could not separate the two, so a rematch ensued a week later with 50,000-odd present at St James’ Park. Once again no winner emerged in normal time, but Londoner Harry Ford stole in from the wing to score in the first period of extra-time. Jim Molyneux held out under a late barrage, and victory was Chelsea’s.

There was less equivocation about who would win the next round-four meeting, in January 1950 at the Bridge. Bobby Campbell had already missed a fifth-minute open goal for the hosts before inside-left Hugh Billington broke the deadlock on 13 minutes with a fine drive past Geordie goalie Jack Fairbrother.

More chances went begging for the goalscorer as well as Jimmy Bowie, but Billington struck again midway through the half. A third, from Campbell, sealed the 3-0 win.

Our most recent encounter was a quarter-final at the Bridge 12 years ago, and an early strike did the damage again. Unmarked skipper John Terry latched onto a Damien Duff corner to side-foot past ’keeper Shay Given, and the Blues had the better of the later chances on offer.

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Ricardo Carvalho, just a few yards out, failed to add to the lead, and Didier Drogba found Given in fine form on several occasions. Robbie Elliott was shown a second yellow late on for the visitors.

Chelsea’s victory meant disappointment for Alan Shearer, who had announced this would be his last campaign as a player. The Blues were beaten by Liverpool in the semi-final.


Newcastle have won four of their past 58 league and cup matches at Stamford Bridge in 64 years. The Magpies’ last victory at the Bridge was in the Premier League in May 2012 when a Papiss Cisse brace without reply secured the points.

Our last home knockout by the Tynesiders came in 2010. Chris Hughton’s side won 4-3 in the League Cup with a stoppage-time winner from Shola Ameobi.

Our previous FA Cup meetings
1910-11 Semi-final St Andrews Newcastle won 3-0
1914-15 Fourth round Stamford Bridge Drew 1-1 (after extra time)
Replay St James’ Park Chelsea won 1-0 (after extra time)
1931-32 Semi-final Leeds Road Newcastle 2-1
1949-50 Fourth round Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 3-0
1958-59 Third round St James’ Park Chelsea won 4-1
1995-96 Third round Stamford Bridge Drew 1-1
Replay St James’ Park Drew 2-2 (Chelsea won 4-2 on pens)
1999-00 Semi-final Wembley Chelsea won 2-1
2004-05 Fifth round St James’ Park Newcastle won 1-0
2005-06 Quarter-final Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 1-0

Biggest win at Stamford Bridge for each team

25/10/1980        Chelsea 6-0 Newcastle                 Division Two

12/09/1914        Chelsea 0-3 Newcastle                 Division One

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