Kerry Dixon: Chelsea playing Luton brings back emotional memories

‘Cascarino was a good friend, Dennis Wise was my old room partner during his first years at Chelsea and my last ones, and Steve Clarke I played with for six years,’ says Dixon, ‘so I was pleased for players like them. I was pleased for Chelsea Football Club if it had to be anyone.

‘On the day I wanted it to be Luton and I would have been gutted the other way round for Chelsea, but instead I was gutted for Luton and myself and absolutely pleased it was Chelsea and not anyone else. I went to the final but they could not go on and finish the job off against Manchester United, but there has been plenty of making up for that since!’

The FA Cup was never that kind to Dixon. At Chelsea it was the League Cup that proved more to his liking and he remains to this day our all-time leading scorer in that competition.

In the FA Cup with us he did not make it beyond round four until his final season when he was part of a side that suffered a heart-breaking exit in a quarter-final replay at Sunderland. In 1986 in a fourth-round tie against Liverpool he suffered an injury that many believe robbed him of a little of his express-train pace.

‘In the League Cup there were a couple of semi-finals with Chelsea but certainly not in the FA Cup,’ he recalls. ‘We were in a few shocks, knocked out by so-called lesser sides, or we got tough draws against top sides, so our progress was halted fairly early on. My progress wasn’t great for Chelsea in the FA Cup so the memory of the FA Cup for me is all about that Wembley semi-final with Luton.’

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