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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 07:23 GMT
FA Cup flashback
By Owen Phillips and Chris Bevan

While Patrick Kluivert's goal last season was enough to stop any thought Jose Mourinho had of winning the FA Cup in his first campaign at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea had plenty to cheer when they met Newcastle in April 2000.

On that occasion, Gianluca Vialli's Blues beat Bobby Robson's Newcastle 2-1 to book a place in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea's much-maligned foreign legion won the day thanks to two goals from Gus Poyet. But what do you remember from the Wembley semi-final and do you have other memories of the players involved?

Were you stunned by Gianluca Vialli's decision to drop Gianfranco Zola and Dan Petrescu?

Or were you convinced the Newcastle strikeforce of Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson would muscle Frank Leboeuf and Marcel Desailly into submission?

Send us your memories by using the form on the right-hand side of this page.

Here BBC Sport finds out what happened to the boys in blue and those who wore the famous black and white stripes.


Gianluca Vialli
Manager - Gianluca Vialli Sacked by Ken Bates in 2000 amid rumours of player unrest despite being the most successful manager in the club's history. Had a disastrous year in charge of Watford and now works for Italian television.

Ed de Goey The giant keeper joined Stoke on a free transfer in 2003 after losing his place to Carlo Cudicini and is back-up to Steve Simonsen. De Goey, 39, won the FA Cup, Cup Winners Cup and League Cup during his six years at Chelsea.

Albert Ferrer
Albert Ferrer Fell out of favour in the latter part of his time at Chelsea and barely played under Claudio Ranieri. Hung up his boots at the age of 32 and returned to Spain to enjoy his retirement after a spell travelling with his wife.

Jon Harley Having failed to oust Graeme Le Saux at left back, the Chelsea youth-team product moved across west London to Fulham for 3.5m but failed to make an impact. Now the ex-England Under-21 international is at Burnley.

Marcel Desailly Retired to France after a lucrative spell in Qatar. Had the chance to return to the Premiership in January with Portsmouth thought to be heading a trio of chasing clubs but did not want to tarnish his reputation by playing on past his sell-by date. Works as a pundit.

Frank Lebeouf
Frank Leboeuf Another who had a short stint in Qatar, Leboeuf is now back in France. Another of the old guard who fell out with Ranieri. He was replaced by John Terry.

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Didier Deschamps His one season at Stamford Bridge yielded one goal, one FA Cup winners medal, a series of efficient if unspectacular performances and a whole host of references to the "water carrier" courtesy of a certain Eric Cantona. A French World Cup and European Championship winner, he resigned as coach of 2004 European Cup finalists Monaco in September last year and now works for the French FA coaching young players.

Dennis Wise Now firmly in the veteran bracket, 39-year-old Wise is enjoying a new lease of life at Coventry. His 11-year Chelsea career came to an end after falling out with Vialli's successor Claudio Ranieri. He led Chelsea to their FA Cup triumphs of 1997 and 2000.

Roberto di Matteo
Roberto di Matteo Scorer of Wembley's quickest ever FA Cup goal. Forced to quit after breaking his leg in a sickening accident in Chelsea's Uefa Cup "run" of 2001, Di Matteo owns restaurants in London and does regular work as a pundit.

Gustavo Poyet
Gus Poyet A hugely popular figure with the fans, Poyet scored 49 goals in 145 games during five years at Chelsea. After a spell at Spurs, he returned to Uruguay to take up a national youth coaching role but is keen to come back to England as a manager or coach.

Chris Sutton The pinnacle of his Chelsea career was scoring in a 5-0 drubbing of Manchester United earlier that season - one of only three goals in 39 appearances. Left for Celtic where he rediscovered his goalscoring touch, winning numerous major honours, before moving back to the Premiership to aid Birmingham's fight for survival in January.

George Weah
George Weah No golfing retirement, move into punditry or pub landlord's life for this former World Footballer of The Year. The Liberian legend instead opted for politics, unsuccessfully running for president in his homeland in 2005.


Chelsea's bench was a formidable proposition that day and Gianfranco Zola, Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu all came on.

Zola - voted the club's best ever player by fans - retired last year after two glorious years with Cagliari and is working on his golf handicap and spending time with his family.

Flo left Chelsea for a club record 12m but had a miserable time at both Rangers and Sunderland. Played in Italy for two years and is now back in his native Norway with Valerenga.

Petrescu went into management in Romania and took over as boss of Polish champions Wisla Krakow in January of this year. Petrescu named his daughter Chelsea.


Bobby Robson
Manager - Bobby Robson Sacked by Newcastle at the start of the 2004/05 season, the 72-year-old former England manager is back in football in a consultative role with the Republic of Ireland, advising new manager Steve Staunton.

Shay Given Lost his place to Steve Harper in the early part of this season but became first-choice again in February - and has missed only six Premiership games in the past five seasons. Newcastle's most-capped international with 74 appearances for the Republic of Ireland while at St James' Park.

Warren Barton
Warren Barton Spent seven years at Newcastle after a 4m move from Wimbledon. Ended his playing days with Dagenham & Redbridge last season and now coaches the Conference side during the week and works as a TV pundit at the weekend. Also runs a travel agency.

Aaron Hughes Versatile defender who was signed from Coagh United aged 16 and played 245 times for the Magpies before Graeme Souness sold him to Aston Villa last summer. Captained Northern Ireland when they beat England in 2005.

Steve Howey
Steve Howey Won four England caps under Terry Venables in the mid-90s but injuries blighted a promising career. Started out in management with Northern League Division One side Brandon United last summer but has won only three games all season and they are bottom of the table.

Nicos Dabizas Centre-back who spent seven years with the Magpies before joining Leicester in 2004. Moved back to his homeland with Athlitiki Enosi Larisa in 2005 after moves to Celtic and Anderlecht broke down. In Greece's squad for their Euro 2004 triumph but did not feature.

Nolberto Solano 'Nobby' was sold to Aston Villa in 2004 because of his commitments to the Peru team, then retired from international football, before rejoining Newcastle at the start of this season. Now he is considering a return to action with Peru. Has his own postage stamp in his homeland.

Rob Lee
Rob Lee Now 40, the hard-working midfielder hung up his boots in 2004 but was lured back into football 2005 by League Two promotion hopefuls Wycombe where he features on a pay-as-you-play basis while gaining his coaching qualifications.

Gary Speed Won 84 caps for Wales and was tipped to become national manager when Mark Hughes stepped down - but elected to keep playing. Joined Bolton in 2004 and is still adding to his record tally of Premiership appearances with 484 so far.

Kieron Dyer On the crest of a wave when this game was played, Dyer had made a 6.5m move from Ipswich at the start of the season and had just broken into the England squad for the first time. His career since has been restricted by a series of injuries but he signed a four-year deal with Newcastle in August 2005.

Alan Shearer Now in his final year as a player at Newcastle, he is also assisting caretaker manager Glenn Roeder. Broke Jackie Milburn's club goalscoring record earlier this season but still yet to win a trophy at St James' Park.

Duncan Ferguson
Duncan Ferguson This was the final appearance of Ferguson's injury-ravaged stint at Newcastle. Big Dunc and his pigeons moved back to Everton in a 3.75m move in the summer of 2000. Considered retiring earlier this season and out of contract at Goodison Park at the end of the current campaign.


Among the replacements for Newcastle was eccentric Georgian midfielder Temuri Ketsbaia, who is now 37 and player-manager of Anorthosis Famagusta in Cyprus. Earlier this month he scored a nine-minute hat-trick in a 5-0 win over AEL Limassol.

Didier Domi returned to France before spending a brief loan spell with Leeds in 2004 and is now in La Liga with Espanyol.

Tell us your memories using the postform at the top of the page on the right-hand side

I was in Boston, Massachusetts, where we turned up at a bar who promised they were showing the game at 9am. It was shut. This led to a mad dash across town where we eventually found a place open. We managed to see the second half, having paid $5 for the pleasure.
Gianni Silvestri, England

I watched this game in a hospital with my dad after his heart surgery. The nurses ran in terrified when Shearer glided past Lebouef and put over a great ball for Rob Lee to crash home. Needless to say Poyet scored yet again against the Toon. Great player.
Derek Smith, Leeds

Lifelong Newcastle fan. It was great that for once we turned up at Wembley and performed. Bad match for me as I had food poisoning. Sums up being a NUFC fan.
Gervase Lancaster, UK

Our best chance to win the FA Cup with Villa in the Final after the disappointments of the previous two years. But that Rob Lee goal will never be forgotten. Superb.
Pete Melville, UK

Look at the centre halves. Six years on and its the same story - the Magpies do not have a leader in their back line.
Paul, UK

I was there that day and although the Toon rallied in the second half Chelsea's class won the day. Jose's Blues may be champions but Vialli's boys of 2000 played with a lot more flair.
Danny King, England

I was there, sitting at the very back row behind the tunnel goal with the Newcastle fans. I had been to Wembley a few times before but this was by for the worst seat i had had and remember thinking the sooner they pull this place down the better for all. I also remember that we (Newcastle) absolutely hammered Chelsea and still lost. But, what comes around goes around so hopefully tonight we will get our revenge!!
Mark, United Kingdom

As a Newcastle fan, living with a Chelsea fan at the time, I felt sick for days afterwards. We absolutely peppered their goal with shots, whilst the two they had went in. They (and my housemate) then had the audacity to say they played well and deserved it. Still, that's football.
Tom Rogers, UK

Went to Wembley with my best mate who'd been to Jerry Hall's for dinner the night before (!) She kindly gave him this shocking pink cowboy hat he insisted on wearing to the game, and on the tube to and from the ground! Let's just say he didnt go short of colorful comments from Blues and Toon fans alike.
Gazza, UK

I was at the game but missed the opening goal when i sneaked out to the toilet! Special day because victory meant we would be playing,and winning the last Cup Final at the old Wembley Stadium.
John Bennett, England

Come in number 37! Rob Lee hadn't even been given a shirt number by Gullit at the start of the season, under Sir Bobby he was awesome. When he scored the Toon's goal in this game I recall around 100 people in my local pub shouting "are you watching Ruud Gullit" at the big screen. Classic! Shame Gus Poyet was playing...

I was there, three rows behind Ant & Dec.
Glenn, Durham, England

I watched the game via a snowy TV connection in a bar in Toronto while guzzling a full english breakfast and swilling down some Guinness. I was the only Geordie in the place which was otherwise full of Chelsea fans and some Torontonians. Despite the result, at least I managed to cover the nearest guy (a blue, not a Maple Leaf) to me with the remaining cold baked beans from my breakfast plate when Rob Lee scored. And I even was able to convince him it was an accident.
Wyatt Bell, Switzerland

I went to the game suffering from a stinking cold and a blinding headache. Was delighted when Chelsea scored, but wanted my fellow supporters to celebrate a bit more quietly.
Dave Cass, Essex

I had my wedding booked for 20 May (Cup Final Day) in the belief that Newcastle wouldn't get to the final three years on the trot. When Robert Lee headed the equaliser I didn't know what to do. I was ecstatic that we were back in the game and Newcastle had scored their first goal at Wembley since 1974 - agony that if we got to the final I would miss is and half our guests wouldn't turn up!
Peter Wells, England

Three things worth remembering for me: Rob Lee's goal, plenty of beer that day/night and glorious sunshine.
Dave, England

I am a Chelsea fan, but main memory is the dignity and charm of Bobby Robson who signed my programme after the match, unlike many of the Chelsea players, who didn't have his common touch.
Guy Schofield, England

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