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It was pleasant memories for the older Chelsea generation as the Blues launched a new retro kit for the game against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Chelsea chose to re-imagine the kit worn in the 1970 FA Cup final, a game which is still one of the most iconic in the club’s history.
It is now 50 years since the Blues iconic wins over Leeds to win the FA Cup at the end of the 1969/70 season, and Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has looked back in time to his old Chelsea jersey.
Nevin wrote about the retro jersey in his column for the official Chelsea website: “First of all, those retro shirts were jaw-droppingly classy to those of us of a certain age. What a great idea and they looked so perfect, especially with those big yellow numbers and stripes down the side of the shorts.
“As a kid in Glasgow, I bought a ‘Chelsea’ shirt from that era because of that team in the early 1970s. It was the first football shirt I owned, very unusual for a Scottish kid in those days.
“You couldn’t get the numbers back then, so I cut mine out from some old cloth and my mum sewed it lovingly on to the back. To see the current players walk onto the pitch wearing that almost identical kit was brilliant. So the warm nostalgic feeling was settled for me before a ball was kicked at the weekend.”