Next up we take a trip to Stamford Bridge, a ground where quite frankly we’ve had a miserable record in recent times and in which we haven’t taken a single point from when Jose Mourinho has been in the dugout.
In 1950 we managed a rare win at The Bridge with Jackie Milburn opening the scoring and Tommy Walker getting two in a 3-1 success. A few years later in 1958, Milburn had gone and his replacement as number 9 Len White got on the scoresheet as United went down in an incredible 6-5 win for Chelsea; scoring twice for the Londoners that day was Jimmy Greaves. In 1972 goals were again on the menu as this time Newcastle managed to take a point back to Tyneside as the game ended 3-3, our goalscorers that day were Malcolm Macdonald and John Tudor coming up with a brace.
By the time the 1980s had arrived, both sides were languishing in the 2nd Division where a Chelsea side managed by World Cup winner Geoff Hurst duly thrashed one of the most poor United sides in their history 6-0 with Colin Lee taking the match ball home with him.
In 1983 we managed to get our first win down at Chelsea in almost 30 years when Kevin Keegan scored from the spot and Imre Varadi put the finishing touches on a 2-0 victory.
Similar success was achieved a few years later in 1986 when both sides were at the top tier, a Beardsley strike and an Andy Thomas double sending the travelling Geordies back home happy from The Bridge for what would turn out to be the last time for over 25 years.
We were pitted against Chelsea in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in a game that was broadcast live on the BBC in 1996, Chelsea led for most of the match through a Mark Hughes goal but right at the death Les Ferdinand raced through and secured a replay which United eventually lost on penalties. Three years later Bobby Robson experienced his first game as Newcastle manager at Stamford Bridge, when the teams were separated by a penalty from slaphead defender and arrogant French tit Frank (the beef) Lebeouf.
In 2004 we faced up to Robson’s apprentice Jose Mourinho for the first time only a few months after Sir Bobby was unceremoniously sacked and were victims of a strong second half performance from The Blues in which they scored four goals without reply. In 2010 a recently promoted Newcastle put out a second string away at Chelsea in the Carling Cup and surprisingly got a deserved win with Shola Ameobi heading in a last minute winner from a corner. Two years later we witnessed probably the most memorable visit to Stamford Bridge in living memory when Papiss Cisse scored two to secure our first league win there since ’86, the latter goal being quite possibly the best ever produced by any player in a Black & White shirt.