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CHELSEA 2-4 BRADFORD…£200M CHELSEA STUNNED IN FA CUP BY £7,500 BRADFORD!
Mark Yeates beats the Chelsea defence and slots home past Petr Cech to make it 4-2 to Bradford
Chelsea’s chances of quadruple over as they blow two-goal lead against League One Bradford in roller-coaster FA Cup tie
Jose Mourinho’s chances of an historic quadruple are over after Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead against League One Bradford on Saturday. Gary Cahill and Ramires had put the hosts 2-0 in the first half but Bradford fought back through Jon Stead, former Blue Felipe Morais, Andy Halliday and Mark Yeates to cap a remarkable comeback. And in doing so, Bradford’s scorers will now be granted a permanent membership into FA Cup folklore. To those who thought the the FA Cup was dead, this was the perfect answer. They were wrong. Majorly wrong.
Chelsea’s £200million men were sunk by a supermarket shelf stacker who was plucked from non-league obscurity for the princely sum of £7,500.
James Hanson was the only member of the Bradford City squad at Stamford Bridge to have cost the club a fee when he joined the League One side from Guiseley in 2009.
The rest of Phil Parkinson’s parade of heroes were stitched together by a mixture of free transfers and low-key loan deals.
In contrast the total cost of Jose Mourinho’s shocked stars clanged the £200m mark.
Even £99m of talent on the bench alone could not rescue Mourinho from the most embarrassing moment of his managerial career as the Bantams proved worth their weight in gold.
PETR CECH: £7m
ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN: trainee
KURT ZOUMA: £12m
GARY CAHILL: £7m
CESAR AZPILICUETA: £6.5m
JOHN OBI MIKEL: £4m*
MOHAMED SALAH: £11m
DIDIER DROGBA: free
LOIC REMY: £8.5m
Subs: Cesc Fabregas – £30m, Nathan Ake – trainee, Eden Hazard – £32m, Thibaut Courtois – £5m, Willian – £32m, John Terry – trainee, Ruben Loftus-Cheek – trainee
TOTAL COST: £200m
* plus compensation
BEN WILLIAMS: free
STEPHEN DARBY: free
RORY McARDLE: free
ANDREW DAVIES: free
JAMES MEREDITH: free
BILLY KNOTT: free
GARY LIDDLE: free
FILIPE MORAIS: free
ANDY HALLIDAY: free
JAMES HANSON: £7,500
JON STEAD: loan
Subs: Alan Sheehan – free, Billy Clarke – free, Francois Zoko – loan, Mark Yeates – free, Jason Kennedy – free, Christopher Routis – free, Matthew Urwin – free