CFCUK Fanzine readers have picked their ultimate six-a-side team from just half-a-dozen of the many legends who have graced Stamford Bridge down the years and the results make interesting reading.
The spine of the team is very much comprised of the club’s glory days of the mid-2000s, but is complemented by one of the finest strikers the club has ever had, not to mention a Chelsea idol who terrified defenders and thrilled the terraces during the 1970s.
So here is the CFCUK Fanzine all-time indoor team in the latest in our ‘Joy of Six’ series…
Cech’s incredible spell at Stamford Bridge saw him win every major trophy, including the Champions League in 2012. The 6ft 5 ‘keeper joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 and went on to win four Premier League titles, keeping a record 24 clean sheets in his debut campaign at the Bridge. He also won the FA Cup on four occasions, the League Cup three times, the Europa League once and, most memorably of all, the Champions League in 2012.
With bravery, anticipation and technique in abundance, nobody epitomized the transition between the old and new more than Terry after Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. Jose Mourinho appointed him club captain a year later and by the end of Terry’s first season in the role, he had lifted the Premier League trophy, the League Cup and the PFA Player of the Year award. The Premier League was retained a year later and every major club trophy has followed.
An integral member of a backline that was the bedrock of the most fruitful period in the club’s history, Cole won the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, four FA Cups and the League Cup, making over 300 appearances and clocking up incredible mileage with his attacking runs down the flank and defensive retreats.
A record 164 consecutive Premier League appearances he set for an outfielder points to incredible consistency and resilience, but should not mask many other exceptional qualities. Lampard played a vital role in Chelsea’s remarkable run of trophy successes from 2005 to 2013 winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, as well as those Europa League and Champions League medals.
His ability to make and convert chances, as well as take on the opposition backline single-handedly, marked him down as one of the world’s finest strikers in a star-studded era. As well as four Premier League titles, he won four FA Cups, three League Cups and, in the most dramatic and glorious of circumstances, the Champions League. He was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year and won the Premier League Golden Boot twice.
“Ossie” joined the Blues as a 17-year-old in 1964, scoring twice on his debut, which set the tone for what would be a glorious career at Stamford Bridge. A broken leg halted his progress but Osgood returned stronger than ever, contributing goals of every kind. He was a capable finisher with both left and right foot and his head, as likely to tap home from two yards as he was to beat an entire defence singlehandedly. Osgood scored in every round on the way to Chelsea’s 1970 FA Cup victory and also scored in both games of the Cup Winners’ Cup final win over Real Madrid in 1971.
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