FIVE OF THE BEST: Memorable home matches against Chelsea

By SFC Media time Sat 27 Dec Club

Ahead of Sunday’s game, takes a look back at five memorable post-war matches against the Blues in Southampton.

The last fixture between these two teams played at The Dell was a thrilling five goal game.

And that classic match against Chelsea features in our pick of five matches below: 

1st February 1969 – Division 1 – Southampton 5-0 Chelsea (Channon, Gabriel, Webb, Davies 2)

Gabriel heads home against the Blues

Saints secured the third win in a row of their Division one campaign shortly into the new year, racking up a 3-0 lead by half-time of this game at The Dell.

Mick Channon opened the scoring after five minutes with a spectacular header from Fred Kemp’s cross, a lead which was doubled on the half hour when Jimmy Gabriel (pictured above) notched a header of his own.

It was 3-0 when former Saint Dave Webb put through his own net against his former club, with Ron Davies adding a second-half double inside the final eleven minutes of play to secure a comfortable win.

Southampton team: Gerry Gerr, Joe Kirkup, Denis Hollywood, Fred Kemp, John McGrath, Jimmy Gabriel, Terry Paine, Mick Channon, Dave Walker, Ron Davies, John Sydenham

11th October 1975 – Division 2 – Southampton 4-1 Chelsea (Channon 2, Stokes, Holmes)

Stokes with a close range volley

Only one goal separated the teams at the break of this encounter, with Saints breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes form the penalty spot after Mick Channon had been brought down inside the area. Channon stepped up to convert for a 1-0 half-time lead.

Saints doubled their advantage on 73 minutes when Bobby Stokes tucked away a close range volley and soon after, it was 3-0 when Holmes ran onto a flick from Peter Osgood before firing low into the net.

Channon added his second of the game for 4-0 in the final minute, with Chelsea’s Ray Wilkins pulling one back late on as a consolation in Saints’ sixth successive home victory.

Southampton team: Steve Middleton, Peter Rodrigues, David Peach, Nick Holmes, Paul Bennett, Mel Blyth, Hugh Fisher, Mick Channon, Peter Osgood, Jim McCalliog, Bobby Stokes

24th October 1987 – Division 1 – Southampton 3-0 Chelsea (Baker, Clarke, Wallace)

Colin Clarke's effort on its way into the net

All three goals arrived in a five minute blitz of this game, with Saints finally breaking the deadlock in the 69th minute when Graham Baker tapped home Danny Wallace’s perfect cross.

Two minutes later, Saints doubled their lead when Colin Clarke powered home a right-foot finish from another Wallace assist. Wallace then got the goal he deserved when he headed Gerry Forrest’s cross into the net for a third win in a row, and one which owed much to the class of Wallace.

Southampton team: John Burridge, Gerry Forrest, Derek Statham, Jimmy Case, Kevin Moore, Kevin Bond, Matt Le Tissier, Glenn Cockerill, Colin Clarke, Graham Baker, Danny Wallace

27th December 1993 – Premier League – Southampton 3-1 Chelsea (Widdrington, Dowie, Bennett)

Frankie Bennett finds an 88th minute winner

Saints headed into this game on a run of five straight defeats, so were given some much needed Christmas cheer when Tommy Widdrington volleyed home Micky Adams’s cross after 12 minutes.

Mark Stein levelled matters just before half-time, but the hosts hit back on 65 minutes when Iain Dowie slid the ball home from Paul Allen’s cutback.

The win was made safe two minutes from time when Frankie Bennett sprinted through the Chelsea defence to smash the ball home for a win which would help Saints to avoid relegation by a point later that season.

Southampton team: Dave Beasant, Jason Dodd, Micky Adams, Francis Benali, Steve Wood, Peter Reid (Frankie Bennett), Matt Le Tissier, Tommy Widdrington, Neil Maddison, Iain Dowie, Paul Allen

4th November 2000 – Premier League – Southampton 3-2 Chelsea (Beattie 2, Tessem)

Beattie celebrates his late strike

James Beattie was the two-goal hero in this game, with his last minute effort decisive in a five goal thriller at The Dell.

The Saints striker notched his first after just three minutes when he knocked in Wayne Bridge’s excellent cross at the far post which followed on from some neat link up between Bridge and Marian Pahars.

Jo Tessem scooped the ball in for 2-0 past the half hour, while Pahars had two spot-kick appeals turned down before Chelsea pulled one back through Dennis Wise.

Gus Poyet looked to have snatched a draw for the Blues on 77, but after Wise had brought down Pahars in stoppage time at the end of the game, Beattie thundered home a 28 yard free-kick to seal the victory.

Southampton team: Paul Jones, Jason Dodd, Claus Lundekvam, Dean Richards, Wayne Bridge, Jo Tessem, Matt Oakley (Kevin Davies), Tahar El-Khalej, Chris Marsden, Marian Pahars, James Beattie

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