Making new acquaintances

The League Two outfit will be the 107th English team the Blues have faced in a competitive match but it has not been a regular occurrence in recent times with only five matches against new English opposition over the past 30 years.

Barnet – FA Cup, Jan 1994

Formed in 1888 and promoted to the Football League in 1991, Barnet were in the third tier when they were handed a third-round FA Cup tie against the Blues in 1993/94.

The Bees opted to relocate the game from Underhill to Stamford Bridge in order to bring in more fans and they surprised Glenn Hoddle’s side by forcing a 0-0 draw in the initial meeting.

However, the Blues dominated the replay at the Bridge with Craig Burley and Gavin Peacock giving us a two-goal lead at half-time. Mark Stein and Neil Shipperley also struck after the interval to seal a 4-0 win as we embarked on a run which took us all the way to the final for the first time in 24 years.

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