Wembley Stadium

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Chelsea vs Portsmouth, 2010 FA Cup Final
Wembley Stadium is a 90,000 capacity stadium in Wembley Park, north west London. It is used primarily for football matches, including the home matches of the England national football team and domestic and European club finals. The original stadium, with its distinctive twin towers, first opened to the public on 28 April 1923, and remained in use until 2000, when it was closed with a new stadium to be built on the site. Though the original structure was closed in 2000, it was not demolished until 2003, after which construction began on the new stadium, originally intended to open in 2006. This was later delayed until early 2007. The final completion date of the stadium was 9 March 2007, when the stadium was handed over to the FA.

Chelsea have played 24 competitive matches at Wembley: nine FA Cup finals, five FA Cup semi-finals, three League Cup finals, two Full Members Cup finals and five Charity/Community Shield matches. Chelsea first played at Wembley in the 1944 War Cup South final against Charlton; the Blues lost 3-1. Their first Wembley FA Cup final appearance came in 1967, losing 2-1 to Tottenham. Three years later they returned to Wembley for another FA Cup final, this time against Leeds United and again in 1972 for the League Cup final against Stoke City. That proved to be the Blues' last major Wembley cup final appearance for 22 years, though they did play two Full Members Cup finals there in 1986 and 1990. In the former, David Speedie became the first player to score a Wembley hat-trick since Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final.

At the fourth attempt, Chelsea finally won an FA Cup final at Wembley by beating Middlesbrough 2-0 in 1997. In 2000, Chelsea won the last FA Cup final held at the old Wembley and seven years later completed a unique achievement by beating Manchester United to win the first FA Cup final held at the new Wembley. Didier Drogba's winning goal made him the first player to score in an FA Cup final at the new Wembley. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech also became the first goalkeeper not to concede a goal in a competitive game at Wembley. As of 2015, Chelsea have played 13 matches at the new Wembley, a record, and have won more matches at the new stadium than any other club. Drogba is Chelsea's top scorer at Wembley, with eight goals in ten appearances.

Chelsea matches at Wembley

Season Day D M Year Comp Opposition Result Score Additional information
1966-67Sat20May1967FACTottenham HotspurLost1-2
1969-70Sat11Apr1970FACLeeds UnitedDrew2-2
1971-72Sat4Mar1972LCStoke CityLost1-2
1985-86Sun23Mar1986FMCManchester CityWon5-4
1993-94Sat9Apr1994FACLuton TownWon2-0
1993-94Sat14May1994FACManchester UnitedLost0-4
1997-98Sun3Aug1997CSManchester UnitedDrew1-1**Chelsea lost 4-2 on penalties
1999-00Sun9Apr2000FACNewcastle UnitedWon2-1
1999-00Sat20May2000FACAston VillaWon1-0
2000-01Sun13Aug2000CSManchester UnitedWon2-0
2006-07Sat19May2007FACManchester UnitedWon1-0
2007-08Sun5Aug2007CSManchester UnitedDrew1-1**Chelsea lost 0-3 on penalties
2007-08Sun24Feb2008LCTottenham HotspurLost1-2
2009-10Sun9Aug2009CSManchester UnitedDrew2-2**Chelsea won 4-1 on penalties
2009-10Sat10Apr2010FACAston VillaWon3-0
2010-11Sun8Aug2010CSManchester UnitedLost1-3
2011-12Sun15Apr2012FACTottenham HotspurWon5-1
2012-13Sat14Apr2013FACManchester CityLost1-2
2014-15Sun1Mar2015LCTottenham HotspurWon2-0
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