Fulham v Chelsea

Friday 12 April 2002

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

The glamour of west London is left behind as players, staff and supporters of these two local rivals travel to Birmingham to decide who reaches Cardiff to contest the 2002 FA Cup Final.

Chelsea are seeking a fourth final appearance in nine years and third win in six years, while Fulham, who have never won the Cup, have only been to the final once in 1975, when they lost 2-0 to West Ham.

This is Chelsea's 15th appearance in the semi-finals and Fulham's sixth. The last occasion for the Cottagers was in that 1974/75 season.

These have been drawn to meet three times in the competition previously, but never beyond the Fifth Round. Fulham lead 2-1, but both their victories were won after replays following draws at Stamford Bridge.

Fulham were drawn away to lower League opposition in each of the four previous rounds, and enjoyed straight victories with the exception of the Third Round when they needed a replay to dispose of Wycombe.

Chelsea required home replays to knock out Norwich and West Ham, but had little trouble at home to Preston or away to Spurs. They've scored 15 goals in the six ties and conceded four.

Chelsea go into the tie on a four match unbeaten run. Fulham have managed one win in ten games, losing six of them.

In the Premiership this season, Chelsea drew 1-1 at Craven Cottage and won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Fulham need two goals to register 150 in FA Cup ties away from Craven Cottage.
Chelsea's last FA Cup semi-final victory was 2-1 against Newcastle in 1999/2000 at Wembley when Gus Poyet scored both goals.

Fulham's last FA Cup semi-final victory was 1-0 in a replay against Birmingham, after drawing the initial match 1-1. When Fulham played in that replayed semi-final success in 1975 it was their 11th FA Cup tie of the season.

Previous meetings: Total 53 Fulham wins 8 Chelsea wins 29 Draws 16

PAST F.A. CUP MEETINGS

19/02/1936 R5 Chelsea 0-0 Fulham
24/02/1936 R5 R Fulham 3-2 Chelsea
21/01/1939 R4 Chelsea 3-0 Fulham
10/02/1951 R5 Chelsea 1-1 Fulham
14/02/1951 R5 R Fulham 3-0 Chelsea

FULHAM

Current League position 16th PREM

Sequences

NOT WON IN 5 - all Prem [2 draws, 3 defeats]

CONCEDED ONE GOAL IN EACH OF LAST 3

Recent Form

1 win in last 10 League and Cup games

Drawn 2 of last 12 in all competitions

2 draws in last 3

Lost 8 of last 14 domestic confrontations

Failed to score in 3 of last 8 contests

1 clean sheet in last 11

Potential Career Milestones

Barry HAYLES is a double strike away from 50 goals for Fulham

ADDITIONAL COTTAGERS NOTES

Fulham's biggest defeat in the F.A. Cup proper came in a semi-final, Newcastle beat them 6-0 in March 1908.

Chelsea and Fulham were once both managed by Bobby Campbell.

Fulham midfielder Jon Harley won an F.A. Cup winners' medal with Chelsea in 2000 as an unused substitute in the Blues' victory over Aston Villa.

Fulham's Danish International Bjarne Goldbaek played for Chelsea in 1998/99 and 1999/2000 before moving to Craven Cottage.

The last time Fulham played an F.A. Cup tie at Villa Park in 1999 they beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the fourth round under Kevin Keegan.

CHELSEA

Current League position 4th PREM

Sequences

4 UNDEFEATED - all Prem [2 wins, 2 draws]

DRAWN LAST 2 AWAY - both Prem

NOT CONCEDED IN 3 [210 mins / 3 hrs 30 mins]

Recent Form

6 wins in last 9 League and Cup games

Drawn 1 of last 11 in all competitions

1 draw in last 3

Lost 1 of last 9 confrontations

Failed to score in 3 of last 5 contests

6 clean sheets in last 8

Potential Career Milestones

Jimmy Floyd HASSELBAINK needs a hat trick to top 100 goals in English club football

ADDITIONAL BLUES NOTES

Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola is the only player left at the club from the 1997 F.A. Cup win over Middlesbrough at Wembley.

If Chelsea were to reach the F.A. Cup final then manager Claudio Ranieri would become the second Italian manager to take a team to the final - the first was Chelsea's Gianluca Vialli in 2000.

Chelsea may never have existed but for the fact that Fulham rejected an offer to rent the Stamford Bridge ground by Mr H.A. Mears who had owned it since 1904. Fortunately he wanted to develop a football ground on the site and Chelsea was formed in 1905.

This is Chelsea's tenth major semi-final in nine years and fifth FA Cup semi-final in that period.

Chelsea played in the first FA Cup Final replay, in 1970, since the finals were played at Wembley and they played in the last Wembley FA Cup final.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE - GRAHAM POLL, Tring, Hertfordshire.