Disappointed Chelsea fans may be buoyed by news that a 1945 photograph depicting their clash with Dinamo Moscow has been uncovered for an auction next month.rnrnPicture courtesy of Bonhams

Disappointed Chelsea fans may be buoyed by news that a 1945 photograph depicting their clash with Dinamo Moscow has been uncovered for an auction next month.

The picture was revealed by UK auctioneers in a bid to provide some welcome cheer to Chelsea football followers after the team?s Champions League loss to Manchester United last night.

It is one of three gelatin silver prints in a lot expected to fetch up to £4,000.

A Bonhams spokesman said: ?For disappointed Chelsea fans this might just be the thing to cheer them up. A happier reminder of the club?s link with Moscow.?

Captured by press photographer Ivan Shagin the image depicts a game played in November 1945, which ended in a 3-3 draw. The match took place in London.

It is one of 145 Russian images to go on sale at Bonhams on 10 June.

Picture courtesy of Bonhams

Chelsea v Dinamo Moscow 1945

  • Gerry Phillips

    I was 17 and lucky enough to be there and I ended up on the greyhound track. The Moscow team came out about fifteen minutes before the kick off with Half a dozen balls and warmed up, never seen before,our teams only came out five minutes before with one ball but we soon copied it.