TIME was when a colour clash in the FA Cup led to both teams wearing their change kits.
That meant Town sporting their all white away colours at home when they faced Chelsea in round three back in 1967 (that’s Peter Bonetti pictured making a save during his side’s 2-1 win).
That policy has long gone, however, so Andy Ritchie’s side will line-up in all black for what is their fifth FA Cup meeting with the West Londoners.
Town can boast only one win in those previous four clashes, back in 1963-64, when Kevin McHale and Len White sealed a 2-1 fourth-round victory at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea won 2-1 in the third round at Leeds Road in 1966-67, and were 2-0 third-round replay winners at Stamford Bridge in 1982-83 (after a 1-1 draw at Leeds Road).
It was 2-1 to Chelsea in round three two seasons ago, of course.
Town first visited Stamford Bridge for a Second Division match in 1910-11, losing 2-0.
They have twice appeared in FA Cup finals there, going down 1-0 after extra time to Aston Villa in 1919-20 and beating Preston 1-0 with Billy Smith’s penalty two seasons later.
That was their sole success in a competition Chelsea have won four times, in 1970, 1997, 2000 and last season.