Chelsea vs Wednesday : Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday found themselves drawn against each other at the quarter-final stages of the competition. The initial game at Stamford Bridge had been postponed due to the UK being in the grip of an unusual cold snap. When the tie was eventually played on Monday, 28 January 1985, just two days after the club defeated Wigan Athletic 5-0 in an FA Cup 3rd round replay, it ended in a 1-1 draw. Chelsea’s goal came courtesy of David Speedie.
Speedie’s strike partner Kerry Dixon missed a penalty, hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. The game would be replayed up in Sheffield, and the managers – John Neal for Chelsea, Howard Wilkinson for Wednesday – had no time to moan about fixture congestion.
After the first 45 minutes, it didn’t appear it was going to be Chelsea’s night. Wednesday stormed into a 3-0 lead before half-time. Maybe all those games in such a short space of time were about to take their toll.
However, that was before John Neal made an inspirational substitution during the break. Colin Lee was replaced by Paul Canoville, who made an instant impact.
Chelsea attacked from the kick-off and Canners found himself through on goal. He converted the chance just 11 seconds after the break. That early goal shook Wednesday and the impetus switched in Chelsea’s direction.
Kerry Dixon grabbed the second, poking the ball home having taken the ball around the keeper. The tide had definitely turned.
Chelsea vs Wednesday : FA Cup
The comeback was complete when Pat Nevin set Micky Thomas up just outside the penalty area. The little Welshman fed by the little Scotsman fired into the roof of the net to make the score 3-3.
The scoring was not over, though. Incredibly Chelsea took the lead when Nevin played the ball through for Dixon, who picked out Canoville open in some space. The striker bundled the ball past the keeper for what surely have been the winning goal. But it was not to be.
Into the second half and the game was finally to have a winner. In typical Chelsea style, it was in the last minute of the game that Micky Thomas headed home the winner. Chelsea’s run in the competition ended in the two-leg semi-final, defeated 5-2 on aggregate by Sunderland.