A Moment in Time

In a new feature for the new season, we recall some of the most memorable games in our history through pictures. We start off with an opening-day classic that set the tone for a brilliant league-winning campaign...

Chelsea v Derby County, Saturday 27 August 1983, Division Two, Stamford Bridge

The summer of 1983 proved to be one of the major turning points in the club’s history. Eight players were signed as a reaction to the near relegation of the previous season, mostly youngsters from the lower or Scottish leagues, but also former hero John Hollins who joined as player-coach. 

Midfielder Nigel Spackman, pictured below, had been spotted by manager John Neal and he opened the scoring on his debut inside five minutes. The 1983/84 season was off and running. 


Things got even better early in the second half against a side many tipped for promotion. Our no.7 Clive Walker doubled our advantage and is pictured below celebrating with Colin Lee in front of a joyous Shed End. 


Chris Hutchings made it three soon after and the Blues were rampant. Spackman's midfield partner John Bumstead fancied getting in on the act but this effort flew over...


Colin Lee swings a cross over from in front of the West Stand benches. 


The scoring was completed with two goals by a new striker making his debut. His name? Kerry Dixon...

It was the start of a brilliant Chelsea career and he will go down as one of our very best no.9s. 

The victory, and more importantly the manner of it, gave the team great confidence. We lost just one of our first 17 games and went top of the table on New Year's Eve.

We clinched the Second Division title on the final day at Grimsby, edging out Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference. It brought one of the most fondly-remembered seasons in our history to a perfect conclusion. 

To find out more about the club's past visit the history section of the website with other great games and seasons featured. 

Photos courtesy of the Chelsea FC photo archive.