CHELSEA 0 CITY 3
F.A. Cup 4th Round
23rd January 1971
scorers Bell(54 & 55), Bowyer(75)
Ref Ken Burns
City Corrigan, Book, Mann, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Heslop, Bell, Summerbee, Bowyer, Jeffries – sub Young(45)
Chelsea Bonetti, Boyle, Harris, Hollins, Hinton, Webb, Weller, Cooke, Osgood, Hutchinson – used sub Dempsey
the second of Colin Bell’s brace
Ian Bowyer scores
City started the game with a very defensive line-up, with Francis Lee out through injury and Neil Young on the bench after suffering a nasty knock in City’s previous game at Blackpool.
In the first half City certainly needed the extra defensive players as Chelsea surged forward, however George Heslop, Alan Oakes and Derek Jeffries flooding the midfield kept Chelsea to just a few shots, which were in the main wayward of Joe Corrigan’s goal.
At the start of the second have Corrigan made an outstanding save, tipping a great Houseman shot over the bar.
It was then that Colin Bell, playing in what would now be called the false number nine position, took the game by the scruff of the neck.
torrential rain was beating down when a long clearance was headed on by Ian Bowyer into the path of Bell on the edge of the area, he surged past the Chelsea defence and with the outside of his foot scored from the angle of the six yard box.
Just three minutes later the second goal, again, started with a header from Bowyer to Bell, but this time Colin was a good 35 yards from goal, a tackle came in and the ball spun out to Neil Young on the left wing, he hit a first time cross, Bell had continued a lung-busting run into the box and smashed the ball into the roof of the net from just 7 yards.
A quarter of an hour before the final whistle the final goal started with some skilfull interplay between Mike Doyle and Derek Jeffries, Doyle fed Bell on the edge of the box, he cracked in a low shot that Bonetti parried out into a melee of players, Jeffries got to the ball first and his shot was blocked from 10 yards, but from the rebound a second attempt by Jeffries was deflected into the path of Bowyer who couldn’t miss from 6 yards out, despite Bonetti getting his hands to the ball.