Chelsea’s last FA Cup third-round defeat occurred before the invention of Google.
Chelsea advanced to the FA Cup fourth round for the 24th time in a row after defeating Chesterfield 5-1 at Stamford Bridge, and their most recent third-round defeat predates Google itself.
Chelsea fans in 1991 would not have been able to Google their humiliating FA Cup third-round exit to Oxford United.
That’s because the infamous internet search engine was not even on our screens when the Blues failed to advance past the fourth round of the previous competition.
Chelsea fans were able to tweet, read, and, of course, google their 5-1 victory over Chesterfield in the present day.
Thomas Tuchel’s side took the lead thanks to goals from Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, Andreas Christensen, and Hakim Ziyech, before Chesterfield forward Akwasi Asante tapped home an unlikely goal from close range to give the 5,000 traveling fans something to remember.
The Blues advanced to the fourth round of the old competition for the 24th time in a row thanks to their comfortable victory over the non-league side.
The Blues were last knocked out in the third round in 1991 by the aforementioned Oxford United.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were stunned by the U’s after goals from Lee Nogan and John Durning put the away side in command.
When Blues legend Kerry Dixon halved the deficit, it was all for naught as Northern Irish star Jim Magilton put the game to bed to seal a 3-1 away win.
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That famous match is still remembered fondly by Oxford United supporters, who are currently vying for promotion to the Championship.
Since that shocking night at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have had a lot of success in the FA Cup.
The infamous old trophy holds a special place in the hearts of the west Londoners, who have won it eight times and made it to four finals in the last five years.
Tuchel also ensured the Blues’ unblemished record of reaching the fourth round by fielding a strong team against Chesterfield.
While Marcus Bettinelli and Lewis Hall made their Chelsea debuts, the Chelsea squad was still full of quality and experience.
The Blues have lost two FA Cup finals in a row, finishing second to Leicester City last season.
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