Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough (1996-97 FA Cup Final)

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1997 FA Cup Final
1997 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
0Scoreline Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough
0Date 17 May 1997
0Competition FA Cup
0Referee Steve Lodge
0Stadium Wembley Stadium
0Attendance 79,160

The 1997 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Middlesbrough was Chelsea's fifth FA Cup Final appearance and resulted in their second victory in the competition, having waited 27 years since their 1970 win, and 26 years since their last major trophy. It was the first time that Chelsea had lifted the cup at Wembley; the 1970 victory over Leeds United having taken place in a replay at Old Trafford. Chelsea's victory meant that Ruud Gullit was the first foreign manager to win a major trophy with an English club.


Match review

Chelsea took the lead just 42 seconds into the match, with Italian midfielder Roberto Di Matteo receiving the ball and firing it into the goal off the crossbar from 25 yards to record what was at the time the quickest ever goal in a Wembley FA Cup final, breaking Jackie Milburn's 42-year record (Louis Saha broke this record 12 years later in the 2009 final after just 25 seconds, ironically against Chelsea, though Chelsea won the match against Everton 2-1). Middlesbrough's prolific striker Fabrizio Ravanelli limped off after 21 minutes, further diminishing his side's chances of victory. Late in the first half Gianluca Festa put the ball in the net for Middlesbrough, but the goal was ruled out for offside. In a largely disappointing match, in which Chelsea were generally in control, Chelsea eventually added a second goal seven minutes from full-time with Eddie Newton steering the ball into the net from Gianfranco Zola's clever flick to seal a 2–0 win.

Match details

17 May 1997
Chelsea 2 - 0 Middlesbrough Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 79,160
Referee: Steve Lodge
Di Matteo Goal 1'
Newton Goal 83'
GK 30Frode Grodås
RB2 Dan Petrescu
CB 6 Steve Clarke
CB 5 Frank Leboeuf Booked 71'
CB 20Frank Sinclair
LB17Scott Minto
CM 11Dennis Wise (c)
CM 16Roberto Di Matteo Booked 54'
CM 24Eddie Newton Booked 37'
CF 10Mark Hughes
CF 25Gianfranco Zola Sub off.png 89'
GK 13Kevin Hitchcock
DF 8 Andy Myers
CF 9 Gianluca Vialli Sub on.png 89'
Ruud Gullit
GK 25Ben Roberts
RB 14Curtis Fleming
CB 5 Nigel Pearson (c)
CB 18Gianluca Festa Booked 62'
LB 17Clayton Blackmore
RM 10Juninho
CM 8 Robbie Mustoe Sub off.png 29'
CM 6 Emerson
LM 20Phil Stamp
CF 11Fabrizio Ravanelli Sub off.png 24'
CF 21Craig Hignett Sub off.png 74'
DF 4 Steve Vickers Sub on.png 29
DF 7 Vladimír Kinder Sub on.png 74
CF 9Mikkel Beck Sub on.png 24
Bryan Robson

Road to the Final

Season Day D M Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Additional information
1996-97Sat4Jan19973rd RoundWest Bromwich AlbionHomeWon3-0
1996-97Sun26Jan19974th RoundLiverpoolHomeWon4-2
1996-97Sun16Feb19975th RoundLeicester CityAwayDrew2-2
1996-97Wed26Feb19975th Round ReplayLeicester CityHomeWon1-0
1996-97Sun9Mar19976th RoundPortsmouthAwayWon4-1
1996-97Sun13Apr1997Semi FinalWimbledonNeutral*Won3-0*Highbury (Arsenal)

Match reports


FA Cup
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1996-97 season
Premier League:
Southampton (A)Middlesbrough (H)Coventry (H)Arsenal (A)Sheff Wed (A)Aston Villa (H)Liverpool (A)
Nottm Forest (H)Leicester (A)Wimbledon (H)Tottenham (H)Man Utd (A)Blackburn (A)Newcastle (H)Leeds Utd (A)
Everton (H)Sunderland (A)West Ham (H)Aston Villa (A)Sheff Wed (H)Liverpool (H)Nottm Forest (A)Derby (H)
Tottenham (A)Man Utd (H)Derby (A)Blackburn (H)West Ham (A)Sunderland (H)Southampton (H)Middlesbrough (A)
Arsenal (H)Coventry (A)Newcastle (A)Leicester (H)Wimbledon (A)Leeds Utd (H)Everton (A)
FA Cup:
3rd round: West Brom | 4th round: Liverpool | 5th round: LeicesterReplay | QF: Portsmouth | SF: Wimbledon | Final: Middlesbrough
League Cup:
2nd round: Blackpool: 1st Leg2nd Leg | 3rd round: Bolton

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