Our night at Chelsea - Your Views 21 to 30
Feature by Tony Scholes
Updated Sunday, 13th November 2011
Burnley fans had a fantastic night when the Clarets knocked Chelsea out of the Carling Cup and here are some fans views of our night at Chelsea (first published in November 2008).
Travelled up in trepidation at the prospect of a tonking. Travelled home in utter jubilation as we had beaten the mighty Chelsea by playing good football but underpinned by steely determination and fantastic team spirit.
I had to watch the match from the top of the West Stand where I could enjoy the battery of heaters on the canopy, a fantastic view of the match and the Burnley supporters who provided sensational support all night. I so wanted to be in the Shed End as I had to sit on my hands as Ade calmly slotted the equaliser and we began to bang in the penalties. Has Ade suddenly learned to side foot the ball and pass it into the net? Thought we might have blown it when Wade missed but Duffo and Beast came to the rescue.
I have supported Burnley since 1960 and I have to say this was just about the greatest night of football I can recall. A wonderful, wonderful night for all the Burnley fans players and management. The Chelsea supporters I met said we deserved to win. And my mate who is a Pompey fanatic thought our supporters were amazing ....as good as Pompey's!
We sang and cheered our team on all way through the game. At times I got nervous when Didier Drogba hit one past Brian Jensen to take Chelsea go 1-0 up.
Half time and as you do on a football match, a pie and a pint is always on the agenda. So down they both went into my gut which was still feeling really nervous about the second half. Second half came and we came out all guns blazing. As I watched the Clarets break, anticipation surged through me as Eagles broke down the left flank. Hs shot was saved by Carlo Cudicini, but Ade Akinbiyi was there for the rebound. The whole shed end erupted it was like a dream come true, who would think Burnley drawing with Chelsea it was unbelievable. Both teams were smelling the sweet smell of victory and as the game came to 90 minutes both teams could have grabbed winners but extra time was written all over it.
Burnley fans were in shock...extra time came and we were ecstatic. Nerves filled the shed end and as everyone was stood nobody wanted to move even people wanting the toilet didn't want to miss a thing they wanted to witness history....120 minutes had gone, penalties was on the cards this is where it could have gone either way. Ppenalties went on and as they drew to a close big Brian Jensen saved Wayne Bridge's penalty. Wade Elliott only had to score to win. He stepped up and everyone's faces were in there hands....he had missed. Come on Jensen save it save it was being murmered by everyone as John Obi Mikel stepped up. We watched as brian jensen saved YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH was all you could here all the way back to Burnley.
I still can't believe we beat the Premier League leaders, its just spine tingling but all in all one hell of a great night. One that will live long in my memory and one to tell the kids when i get older.
UP THE CLARETS
Everyone else's hands must have been in the same condition as it was non-stop clapping and singing for two and a half hours.
Having beaten another wealthy London club Q.P.R. lets hope we can make it a hat-trick against Arsenal.
As the game went into extra time, Gary Bailey and his co-hosts bade us farewell as the show was out of time. We only found out the score the following morning by text when a PNE fan congratulated me. It took another 4 texts from fellow Burnley fans before we could really believe it.
However I finally made it to the ground for 7pm - without the benefit of alcohol but to totally bask in the joy of being part of a growing and noisy band of +6k Clarets. Having been to most of the critical games over the years - Orient, York, Scunthorpe + great nights at home in the cup - Liverpool and Spurs come to mind, this felt different. A great night in prospect but no promotion or relegation riding on it so far more enjoyable - and a big cup game away has something different to a big cup game at home as all who travel will testify.
The match itself - well we were just magnificent, playing delightful football - not like the dreary performance Adrian Heath (I think) subjected us to a few years ago at Anfield and you increasingly sensed we could do something special. We were getting the little breaks - the header against the bar at half time was the first time I thought "this might be our night" - the shot that everyone thought had gone in at the end of 90 minutes - the extraordinary miss from Alex - all built this inner belief that we might just pull off the impossible.
When did I know we had won - not when the Beast saved the last penalty but when Michael Duff scored his - I knew then it was our night!
I just hope Chelsea have had some structural engineers in since that night as the Shed end was literally bouncing - sheer unadulterated joy.
They can physically lock your body but never your mind. Those lads who pull on the shirt don't appreciate the responsibility they carry on their shoulders for people's quality of life.
Like bill Shankly said, it's more important than life and death.
They just don't understand do they?
Texts from them went like this: ' We told you that you wouldn't stand a chance', followed by ' We'll give you that one!' and eventually ' Well played Burnley you deserve it'.
A truly memorable night
Pure dreamland. Fantastic.