Fans joke Chelsea’s new keeper coach Ben Roberts started working for club in 1997 after FA Cup final clash


FOOTBALL fans have seen the funny side after Ben Roberts joined Chelsea as part of Graham Potter’s coaching staff.

Potter was announced as Thomas Tuchel’s replacement earlier this week, and has made a swathe of changes to the backroom staff at the club.

Ben Roberts sits dejected after the 1997 FA Cup final


Ben Roberts sits dejected after the 1997 FA Cup finalCredit: Rex
Roberts is one of Graham Potter's inner circle


Roberts is one of Graham Potter’s inner circleCredit: Getty

One such change is new goalkeeping coach Roberts, who himself was a former goalkeeper.

However, a number of fans have poked fun at the appointment as they highlighted his performance in the 1997 FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Roberto Di Matteo scored a screamer inside a minute in the final against Middlesbrough, with The Blues going on to win the game 2-0.

But Roberts’ attempt to stop Di Matteo’s effort came under criticism as the ball went straight down the middle of the goal.

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And fans have now joked Roberts actually started working for Chelsea in 1997.

One user on Twitter said: “Ben Roberts is the new Chelsea goalkeeper coach? He originally started working for them in the first minute of the 1997 FA Cup final.”

A second user wrote: “Ben Roberts is Chelsea,” and accompanied it with a pair of images from the final which showcased the shot at goal and the attempt to save it.

A third user added: “Ben Roberts, already a small part of Chelsea history, he was the goalkeeper in the 1997 FA Cup final for Middlesbrough when Di Matteo scored the fastest FA Cup final goal.”

Meanwhile, a fourth user said: “Ben Roberts now working for Chelsea, as he was on FA Cup Final day 1997.”

Potter is bringing five coaches with him from Brighton, as SunSport provided the low down on his inner circle of confidantes Chelsea will hope will get them back on top.


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