It was 26 years ago today that Chelsea made it to Wembley and met Second Division Luton Town FC in the F.A Cup Semi Final. Having already beaten Barnet, Sheffield Wednesday, Oxford and Wolves, Chelsea were now only 90 minutes away from an F.A Cup Final.
I personally remember going to the game with my Dad and brother and it was actually my first trip to Wembley. The atmosphere walking down Wembley way was one of the best I’ve ever experienced.
We were clear favourites to win the game although as we know nothing is guaranteed in the F.A Cup and Luton had already caused a few upsets.
Despite our league form being indifferent it was very much felt by fans that manager Glenn Hoddle was building something special at Stamford Bridge.
Kharine, Clarke, Johnsen, Kjeldberg, Sinclair, Burley (Barnard), Newton, Peacock, Wise, Cascarino, Spencer
Result: Chelsea 2-0 Luton Town
Goals: Peacock (13), (48)
It was Gavin Peacock who opened the scoring on 13 minutes. A deep cross headed on by Tony Cascarino and then John Spencer. The ball landed to Peacock in the box unmarked who tucked it in the corner from close range.
Steve Clarke shortly after went on a great run with a burst into the box but couldn’t convert. Chelsea very much dominated the first half and Dennis Wise had a great opportunity to make it 2-0 shortly before half time.
Chelsea continued to dominate in the second half and it was that man again Gavin Peacock who made it 2-0 with a tidy finish on 48 minutes, after a great pass from John Spencer.
After a great one two between Wise and Spencer the ball was eventually crossed into the path of Cascarino who failed to score from close range. Gavin Peacock had another great chance for his hat trick but it was well saved.
The game will always be remembered for Gavin Peacock firing Chelsea to the F.A Cup Final but also for Kerry Dixon playing against us for Luton. He received a fantastic ovation that day. Our fans were class throughout. It really was a ‘Blue Day’ at Wembley.
I had the opportunity to interview Gavin Peacock last year and this is what he recalled from that special day;
“Once we got into the game I knew we were the better team and it worked for me that day making those runs from midfield. Big Tony Cascarino was crucial for us on that day”.
“A long ball in and Cascarino won the header, Spenny (John Spencer) flicked it on and I came running in and kept thinking to get good contact on the ball, head down, don’t look up and before I knew it the ball was in the back of the net. The thrill of scoring at Wembley when peeling away was fantastic”.
“Then in the second half a similar build up with Cascarino and Spenny saw me through and I was able to curl it into the corner. I had a good season in scoring goals so confidence was high. Once that second goal was in I knew we were going to the final”.
Written By Chris Wright (Chelsea Rewind)
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Edited by Martell Dublin