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A unique own goal

Chelsea 3 Leicester 1 18th December 1954



1954/55 was the 50th anniversary season for Chelsea having been formed half a century ago.

The Blues finished eighth in the previous campaign which was a huge improvement from the

19th , 19th and 20th placed finishes before that.


The season did not start off well with only five wins in seventeen games. Things picked up in

November and by the time they faced Leicester at Stamford Bridge a week before Christmas

the Blues were up to fourth in the table. Chelsea had won their last three games scoring four

goals in each game with Roy Bentley, Johnny McNichol and Les Stubbs netting the majority

of goals.


On the 18th of December 1954 the Blues welcomed Leicester to Stamford Bridge. This game

saw the home side continue their winning run but something special happened in this game

that had never been recorded before or since. Chelsea had taken the lead when Eric

Parsons put them in front after 15 minutes. Ten minutes later the Blues were on the attack

again, Leicester’s Stan Milburn and Jack Froggatt went to clear a ball but simultaneously

kicked it into their own net. As nobody could determine who got the final touch it was

decided that it would be credited as a joint own goal.


Chelsea went on to win 3-1 when Johnny McNichol added a third just before Andy Graver

scored a consolation goal for Leicester. Roy Bentley also had a penalty saved in the game.


By @ChelseaChadder

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