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Chelsea 0-1 Latics - Will History Repeat?


Wigan Athletic make the trip to London to face Champions elect Chelsea who need a win to guarantee the title and most of the footballing world, pundits, forecasters and definitely the bookies seem to think that the result is a fore gone conclusion.

Lets go back in time 30 years and the Latics were drawn to play Chelsea in the 3rd round of the FA cup and that game like this was seen in most peoples eyes as a home banker but things didn`t quite turn out as expected:

January 14th 1980 FA Cup 3rd Round

Wigan Athletic travelled to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the 3rd round of the FA cup and came away with a 0-1 win courtesy of a first half goal by Tommy Gore

Latics were in the fourth division at the time. They had joined the Football League the previous season after making 35 applications for election.

Chelsea managed by Geoff Hurst, England`s World Cup hat-trick hero, were going through a lean period, battling for promotion from the old second division with the likes of Tommy Langley, Clive Walker and Colin Pates in their team.

The game though was still billed as a David and Goliath with the Latics being the cheeky little Northern club going down south to take on the big boys of Chelsea

The Latics hero that day Tommy Gore and recently I had the chance to speak to Tommy and found he remembers the game well, he even remembers arriving at Stamford Bridge, Gore recalls: 'They were a big club; we noticed all the expensive cars parked up outside the ground.'


At that time Latics were definitely not a big club and only had two full time administration staff and three on the coaching staff including the manager Ian McNeill and no training ground, Gore continues: 'The facilities we had amounted to green grass and a ball, we trained on a field that was part of a public park. It didn`t matter because the spirit in the club was fantastic.'


The weather was bad that day and the game had been in doubt, Gore reckons that was a bit of a leveller: 'It was a terrible day, absolutely freezing cold, I suppose the slippy pitch was a leveller, but we were a good team anyway and just gave it our best.'


The goal is still etched in Tommy`s memory bank, he recalls: 'It broke on the edge of the penalty area and I hit it on the turn. It was purely instinctive.'


Tommy Gore was forced to retire from football at the age of 30 but he has kept his allegiance to the Latics and he is secretary of the past players` association.

On the current position of the Latics Tommy concludes: 'If you`d have told anyone back then what was going to happen to the club, they`d have got the men in white coats to take you away. Unbelievable isn`t the word for it.'

Chelsea 0 Wigan Athletic 1
Stamford Bridge
January 14, 1980

Chelsea:

Peter Borota
Gary Locke, Gary Chivers, Colin Pates, John Sparrow
Kevin Hales (Sub Gary Johnson), Ron Harris, Ian Britton, Mike Fillery
Tommy Langley, Clive Walker

Latics:

John Brown
Dave Fretwell, Colin Methven, Neil Davids, Joe Hinnigan
Jeff Wright, George Urquhart, Tommy Gore, Frank Corrigan
Peter Houghton, Derek Brownbill (Sub Tony Quinn)

Attendance: 22,300







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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 9 2010

Time: 12:24AM

Your Comments

You can never tell with football
worbo
haha, no chance..i expect at least a solid 5-0 win for chelsea..
chelsey
Don't think so this time lads - a lot has changed in 20 years.
Thaibluefan
Chelsea have smashed a few teams for seven this season and wigan have conceded nine in one game. Im going to predict 8-0 to chelsea.
tuscan3000
WHAT IF CHELSEA LOOSES TODAY AND THE FA CUP TO PORTSMOUTH...the world vl c a new manager again at chelsea...
phuzinspurs
nice try guys, and yeah on the day anything can happen. but statistics, statistics and lies... if you list all the chelsea-wigan clashes subsequent to that fa game in 1980 to date, you'll know why only a freakish disaster can stop us now.
johnny come lately
phuzzie boy, you want 'what ifs'? what if spurs lose in the first round of CL qualifying and never finish top 4 in the PL ever again (don't even need a what if for what's a foregone conclusion). what if spurs battle relegation next season. what if... EVEN you will get the drift, i'm sure!
johnny come lately
To me that 1980 Chelsea side was a proper good English side. Look at you now. A club full of foreign Mercenaries. The sooner the FA limit the numbers allowed the better for the game.
zakidaman
Full of foreign mercenaries? What are wigan made of? The England national team?? Rodellega, Zaki, Valencia, Melchiot are all English, eh?
JT_daniel
I hate it when we get the trash for something which is seen in every damn team.
JT_daniel
I think it was a wind up...plus we have - Kingson, Stojkovic, Figueroa, Gohouri, Amaya, Gomez, N'Zogbia, Scharner, Diame, Thomas etc etc etc....in fact the only regular English starters in the Latics team are Kirkie and Titus...wind up, looks like he got you to JT ;)
worbo
Damn! I should have put money on it!
tuscan3000
 

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