A star MAY step down from Chelsea’s 1997 FA Cup win seems unrecognizable 25 years on from his days in west London.
The Norwegian midfielder has made 145 appearances for Blues over a period of eight years and was also voted the club’s Player of the Year in 1995.
One of Erland Johnsen’s most infamous moments in a Chelsea shirt was in the 97th FA Cup.
In the FA Cup 5th round replay against Leicester City When there was not much time left, Johnsen charged into the penalty area.
The referee at the time, Mike Reed, took a penalty that Chelsea scored and won in a draw.
Foxes defender Matt Elliott, who was penalized for the alleged foul, said: “I thought I could go there and do the challenge, but realized halfway through I wasn’t going to go there and pull out. retreat.
“Johnsen thought I was going to succeed, do some acrobatics and get into Spencer’s arms. It was never a foul.
“The referee took the bait. Johnsen got out very quickly. He got his reward.
“I think he knows he cheated the ref. I blame the ref more. He panicked and we paid dearly.”
Now, Johnsen is working as a youth team coach in his native Norway.
Johnsen has a role at Sarpsborg 08 FF.
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