Sebastian Coe: It's great to be Blue!
Published 00:00 24/05/09 By By Richard Lewis
Sebastian Coe will take his place in the crowd at Wembley on Saturday, turn to his children and tell them how lucky they are to be Chelsea supporters in this golden age.
Coe, Britain's greatest track athlete and the chairman of the London 2012 Olympics, cannot wait for the big day against Everton after missing last year's Champions League Final in Moscow because of a business commitment.
But dad-of-four Coe, 52, has never taken for granted Chelsea's success since Roman Abramovich took charge of the club in 2003.
"I tried to explain to my kids that in their young lives they have seen Chelsea win the Championship twice and any number of Cups," said double Olympic 1500m champion Coe.
"But I, as a Chelsea fan, went 27 years between winning FA Cups.
"I explain to them that is more normal for a football fan to what they witness - so make the most of it."
Since Abramovich's takeover, Chelsea have five major titles - the Premier League twice, the FA Cup once and the League Cup twice.
Their first FA Cup triumph was in 1970 when David Webb scored the winner in a 2-1 defeat of Leeds in a replay at Old Trafford after a 2-2 draw at Wembley.
Coe was at the first match, but 24 years later saw Manchester United thrash Chelsea 4-0 in the final.
The Blues lifted the Cup again in 1997 when they beat Middlesbrough 2-0 with Roberto Di Matteo's goal after 43 seconds.
Coe added: "We were murdered by Manchester United in the second half in 1994 when Mark Hughes ran riot. Then the next time the game was all but over when Di Matteo almost took the roof off the goal."
But Coe will share the sadness of many other Chelsea supporters on Saturday when manager Guus Hiddink (below) bows out after his brief period in charge of the club.
Coe said: "I am very disappointed. That is not to say they will not find a great replacement, but the guy exudes confidence.
"Football fans are a fickle lot, but that standing ovation he received at Stamford Bridge last week was extraordinary.
"He looks like he should be standing on our touchline and I am sorry he won't be. "I am sure there are other issues involved that mere mortals like me that sit in the Shed End will never understand.
"But it strikes me as being a shame - this guy who is so clearly a successful coach, and a thinking guy, and one who has only brought real credit to the club in the last few months.
"I am sorry not to see him there, I just sense the players and crowd clearly responded to him and he was a really good face for our club to have."
Seb Coe went back to school for Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week, which takes place from Jun 29 - Jul 3. To find out more and register, visit www.schoolsportweek.org
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