Reflecting on their victory in the Zenith Data Systems Cup final, Coppell says: “After that final, we hadn’t planned a celebration or banquet dinner or anything like that. I seem to remember meeting up with quite a few of the players at a bar in Cheam just to have a few beers. And that was somehow typical of the team.
“It wasn’t: ‘We’ve won a final at Wembley, we should go to the Royal Garden and have a sit- down banquet.’
“I think even later that night, after a couple of beers with the players in Cheam, we went back to Ron’s and he was having an open house with players coming in and out. To a certain extent, it was amateur hour after winning a cup final at Wembley!”
The Chelsea programme is available just three days after the anniversary of Palace's Full Members' Cup victory over Everton - featuring much more from Coppell and a special edition cover of the club's iconic kit.
Featuring all of the usual insight from Darren Ambrose, our detailed build-up, a review of some classic kits and much more, this special edition programme is one to enjoy.
You'll also be able to read Roy Hodgson, Steve Parish and Luka Milivojevic's messages for fans, an update from Under-23s manager Shaun Derry and a look at how Selhurst Park is supporting the NHS through the pandemic.