The official Chelsea website is taking a look back at the 2012/13 season through images taken over the course of the campaign, capturing the action as it unfolded, including goals scored, team celebrations, supporters’ reactions and behind-the-scenes shots.
It was a season which saw the Blues play an astonishing 69 matches, and with no shortage of moments to reflect on, its the turn of the first month of 2013…
It was not a good start to the month on the pitch, with former Chelsea man Shaun Wright-Phillips scoring the only goal of the game to give Queens Park Rangers a rare win at Stamford Bridge.
However matters improved with a debut to remember for Demba Ba in our FA Cup third-round game against Southampton at St Mary’s. The Senegalese striker scored a goal in each half as the Blues progressed courtesy of a comfortable 5-1 victory.
Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill look dejected as Swansea scored right at the death to seal a 2-0 win in the first leg of our Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge, leaving us with much to do in the return.
After two months on the sidelines, John Terry made his long-awaited return from injury as a late substitute in our 4-0 win at Stoke City. The game will be mostly remembered for a stunning goal scored by Eden Hazard which capped a satisfying day all-round.
Members of the New York Knicks basketball team, in London ahead of their game at the O2 Arena, made a visit to the Bridge to take in our 2-2 draw with Southampton. The visitors scored twice in the second half to take a point.
Having beaten Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates in September, it was the same scoreline when the Gunners visited west London in wintry conditions. Juan Mata had given us the lead before Frank Lampard doubled our advantage from the spot, and though Theo Walcott pulled one back in the second half, we held on for a crucial win.
The UK was hit by awful weather ahead of our Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, but while the game did go ahead, a stalemate ensured it was the Welsh side who progressed to the final at Wembley.
It was a west London derby in the fourth round of the FA Cup, after we were paired with Brentford. Our former captain Ron Harris was among those heading to Griffin Park for an early kick-off. He moved to the Brentford after his long career at Stamford Bridge. Inside the stadium we were forced to come from behind twice in order to earn a replay.
Juan Mata wheels away after breaking the deadlock shortly before half-time in our game at Reading. Frank Lampard headed home a second to put us in control, but we were forced to settle for a point after the home side scored twice in the closing minutes.