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IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE!

20 January 2015

City head to Premier League leaders Chelsea this Saturday (24 January 2015) looking to upset the odds and create probably one of the greatest F.A Cup shocks of all time.

After emphatically defeating Championship side Millwall in a replay last Wednesday, Phil Parkinson's men take on the seven-times winners of the F.A Cup in an eagerly-anticipated fourth round encounter in the capital this weekend.

Around 6,000 City fans will make the journey south hoping the impossible can become possible and the Bantams can somehow overcome the odds and defy Jose Mourinho's world class superstars.

Although in different circumstances, City do, of course, have history when it comes to defeating the Blues.

The Bantams famously overturned Chelsea in their first home match of the 2000/2001 campaign when City were in their second season as a Premier League side.

Goals from Dean Windass and Benito Carbone helped Chris Hutching's Bantams defeat Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea in front of a packed Valley Parade.

Below is a brief match report from that memorable night - hopefully something that will get Bradford fans in the mood ahead of Saturday's big game!

A victory against The Blues

Bradford City 2-0 Chelsea – Premier League

Tuesday 22nd August 2000

Valley Parade

 

A goal in each half from Dean Windass and Benito Carbone, his first for the club on his first start, gave The Bantams their first points of the 2000-01 season following a narrow defeat to Liverpool at Anfield just a few days earlier.


City looked good value for the points against a side who would eventually miss out on qualification for the Champions League, something that’s unheard of in the modern era when Chelsea are spoken about.

Gianluca Vialli’s side who had been heavily criticised in the recent months for coming up short against the lesser teams, thus halting their European ambitions, were outfought and outplayed by Chris Hutchings’ men – the new City manager said after the game: ‘The result doesn’t shock me. That’s why we brought these players in, but I won’t get carried away. Carbone is a quality player. There has been a lot of fuss – all he wants to do is play.’


Stuart McCall and club record signing David Hopkin were excellent throughout and gave Chelsea’s midfield no breathing space and no time to get into their rhythm and going forward, Lee Sharpe, Dean Windass and Benito Carbone looked a constant threat to The Blues’ defensive ranks.


Gus Poyet and David Hopkin had early chances for their respective teams early on and the Uruguayan midfielder couldn’t quite meet a dangerous cross into the area by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink with the goal gaping.


Shortly after this opportunity for the visitors, City took the lead. Stuart McCall picked out Lee Sharpe on the left hand side with space to cross and the former Manchester United man delivered a cross to the far post where Dean Windass was on hand to head the ball into the back of the net past Ed de Goey.


The introduction of Tore Andre Flo and Christian Panucci from the substitute’s bench gave the Londoners a new threat going forward and both had significant chances early in the second half as Vialli’s men looked for that elusive equalising goal.


Gianfranco Zola missed Chelsea’s golden opportunity to get that goal when he shot straight at Matt Clarke after being set-up well by Tore Andre Flo. Italian compatriot Benito Carbone made sure of the points for his new club with 15 minutes to go, as he hit a fantastic shot towards goal from the edge of the area that Ed de Goey got something on, but the Dutchman could only push the ball into his own net.

 

Teams:

Bradford:

Clarke, Nolan, McCall, Wetherall, Carbone, O’Brien, Windass, Sharpe, Atherton, Petrescu, Hopkin


Substitutes

Myers, Whalley, Ward, Beagrie, Davison

 

Chelsea:

De Goey, Babayaro, Desailly, Poyet, Hasselbaink, Wise, Melchiot, Di Matteo, Morris, Zola, Thome


Substitutes

Panucci, Flo, Gudjohnsen, Cudicini, Harley

 

Referee:M. Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)

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