Chelsea, last year's Football Association Cup winners, defeated Derby at their Stamford Bridge ground in London on Saturday (15 April) as the British football season got off to a national start.
Chelsea, last year's Football Association Cup winners, defeated Derby at their Stamford Bridge ground in London on Saturday (15 April) as the British football season got off to a national start. Chelsea's victory was due in large measure to the efforts of Ian Hutchinson, the winger who was later described by some as the man of the match.
For the first 20 minutes of the match, play centred around the midfield, and neither goalkeeper had a shot to save. But after 25 minutes, the Chelsea defence stumbled and Derby's John O'Hare was given a clear run to goal and beat Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti without much difficulty.
Throughout the first half, Derby continued to pound the Chelsea defence and only quick action by Bonetti saved the London side from scores against them.
Chelsea remained unimpressive until late in the second half. From a corner in the 74th minute, Chelsea equalised with a flying header by Hutchinson. This gave the London team their inspiration and from then on there was spirit in their attack.
In the 83rd minute. Chelsea went one ahead when a cross by Houseman was headed home Hutchinson.
Throughout the match, police were on hand to keep an eye on the crowd of 46,969 spectators as part of the nationwide campaign against soccer hooliganism.