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Saturday 19 October 2013

On this day in 1996: Wimbledon stun Chelsea

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Dons claiming seven wins in a row

Vinnie Jones and Marcus Gayle celebrate Wimbledon's third goal at Chelsea rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

19 October 1996 – Chelsea 2-4 Wimbledon

Wimbledon continued their impressive start to the season as they won their seventh Barclays Premier League match in a row to move up to second place in the League table.

Joe Kinnear's side went ahead on four minutes, Robbie Earle heading in at the far post as the Chelsea defence failed to deal with Vinnie Jones' long throw, but the home team responded quickly and were level five minutes later from Scott Minto's shot from outside the box after a well-worked free-kick.

Neal Ardley, currently manager of AFC Wimbledon, put the visitors ahead again with a long-range shot that deflected in past the helpless Kevin Hitchcock in the Chelsea goal.

Marcus Gayle made it three on 64 minutes when he skipped past Chelsea skipper Steve Clarke and then guided in a fine left-foot drive.

Substitute Ruud Gullit thought he had pulled a goal back when he tapped in from close range but it was ruled out for offside and Wimbledon took full advantage as they sealed the three points with 12 minutes left, Efan Ekoku pouncing on Franck Leboeuf’s mistake and finishing calmly into the far corner.

Chelsea grabbed a late consolation when Gianluca Vialli converted from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box by Kenny Cunningham but nothing was going to spoil Wimbledon's day as they went some way to avenging their defeat at the hands of the Blues in the sixth round of the previous season's FA Cup.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Chelsea were beaten by the Crazy Gang