Part two of the Carabao Cup semi-finals are soon to commence with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur’s hearts set on reaching the final.
Back at Stamford Bridge for the return leg, Maurizio Sarri’s men were marginally edged by their city neighbours a fortnight ago at Wembley Stadium
A Harry Kane penalty midway through the first half was all that settled the two sides, with the Blues picking a reasonable time to tackle their opponents.
With a large portion of Spurs’ strike force missing through various means, plus the potential arrival of extra firepower for Chelsea, Sarri must not let this opportunity slip so easily.
This clash is very much in the present, but we have looked into the history books to locate three midfielders before from the 20th century to have played for Chelsea and Tottenham in their careers.
Micky Hazard (Tottenham Hotspur 1978-1985 and 1993-1995, Chelsea 1985-1990)
Before there was Eden, there was Micky. Before he was a Blue, he started and finished life at Spurs.
Unlike his modern-day namesake, Hazard roamed central midfield without that velvet touch, yet no less effective in his position. Tottenham took a chance on the 20-year old at the time, a decision which cannot be contended with.
‘Micky’ as he was mostly known became a cult hero for Spurs, an influential one at that, part of the consecutive FA Cup victories in 1981 and 1982.
His iconic status took a huge incline on the European stage. Tottenham defeated Anderlecht in the 1984 UEFA Cup Final following a penalty shoot-out, Hazard having played every minute across the two legs as well as providing assists for Spurs’ first and second goals.
An unmissable second name now amongst Stamford Bridge was no different during his era, as Chelsea signed Hazard for a then record fee of £300,000 in 1985. His spell in West London had less weight than their city rivals, still appearing on more than 80 occasions across five years.
A difficult period for the Blues accompanied an inconsistent one for Hazard, leaving to play for Portsmouth and Swindon Town.
Life came full circle, returning to Spurs eight years after he left that part of the capital in the newly formed Premier League. Here was Hazard’s retirement home and a fitting end to a lengthy profession.
Terry Venables (Chelsea 1960-1966, Tottenham Hotspur 1966-1969)
Another distinguished title in the English game, Terry Venables ventured into the land of football as a Chelsea apprentice in 1958, fresh from leaving school.
Winning the FA Youth Cup in consecutive seasons brought about his senior debut swiftly after. A rotten relegation in 1962 was overridden by a return to the First Division a year later, Venables a feature in the good and the bad.
A distant relationship with then manager Tommy Docherty didn’t deter him from lifting the League Cup in the 1964/65 season, scoring a penalty in the two-legged final. A tenacious talent in the middle of the park, his departure to the bitter rivals was a sore one.
1966, a year where England made all the right headlines for securing their singular World Cup triumph in the same year Venables signed for Spurs. However, ‘El Tel’ often attracted the wrong publicity following fallings out with players and staff. He only played twice for the Three Lions, two years before they lifted the Jules Rimet trophy.
His positive memory was that of the 1967 FA Cup final at Tottenham’s current temporary home, Wembley. Spurs secured the trophy over Venables’ former employers Chelsea, winning 2-1.
From pitch to pitch side, Venables tried his hand in management in the dugouts of Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Barcelona and Spurs. He guided the latter to FA Cup glory in 1991, also installing club legends Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne into the system.
After causing controversy as a player, he failed to stray away from his past on the touchline. A media witch hunt began as he took charge of the England national side for EURO 1996. However, all was forgiven for a brief month as Venables lead the Lions into a semi-final, only for a typical penalty shootout fate from similar foes Germany to end an unforgettable journey. He had reconnected the country and their passion for those representing their country; his reward? Being forced to stand down immediately after the competition.
Graham Roberts (Tottenham Hotspur 1980-1986, Chelsea 1988-1990)
Forget Jamie Vardy, this is the original rags-to-riches footballing story. Graham Roberts of non-league Weymouth was snatched by Spurs for £35,000, a record buy at the time for a ‘semi-professional’ player.
During Tottenham’s glory days of the 1980s, Roberts will be rightly remembered for his contribution towards two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Alongside Hazard, he was instrumental for their global glory, captaining the side and scoring with six minutes on the clock to rescue extra time. After an eventual penalty shootout victory for Spurs, Roberts had both hands on the illustrious trophy.
Having written himself into folklore in North London, Roberts made way for Rangers, winning the Scottish Premier Division in his maiden campaign.
A serial winner wherever he went, Chelsea caught up on the act by securing the midfielder in 1988. Their aim was to return immediately to the First Division following a dismal relegation, which Roberts eagerly obliged. Roberts again imperative for the Blues as they romped to the Second Division title.
Six international caps for England did not serve such a tough-tackling, heart-on-the-line person such as Roberts.
By Nathaniel Kay