Renewing old acquaintances

When we beat the already relegated Yorkshire side 1-0 in our final game of the 2003/04 season, it seemed unfathomable that it would be another 16 years before we renewed our rivalry with them in the Premier League.

However, the 16-year gap still pales in comparison with these other long waits between top-flight matches for the Blues.

Stoke City – 23 years

A David Speedie strike secured a 1-0 win in what proved Chelsea’s last top-tier game at the Victoria Ground in May 1985 as the Potters were relegated after a dismal campaign in which they managed only 17 points. They did not return until 2008 when they finished comfortably in mid-table despite losing both matches against the Blues, 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium and 2-1 at the Bridge.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – 24 years

A 2-1 loss at the Bridge in March 1979 was our last top-flight meeting with Wolves for 24 years as we were relegated in that campaign and we exchanged places with the Black Country side when they suffered the drop and we were promoted in 1984. It was not until September 2003 when we met in the Premier League with the Blues romping to a 5-0 win at Molineux.

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