Paul Canoville

5Mar

Paul Canoville was Chelsea’s first black player and his story is incredible. Subjected to racist abuse on the terraces, Paul had to show huge strength of character and dignity to win over too many of his own supporters.

Highlights of Paul’s all too brief Chelsea career included a hat-trick against Swansea, but he played a crucial part in the legendary 4-4 draw away to Sheffield Wednesday in the Milk Cup in 1985, coming on as a second half substitute with Chelsea 3-0 down. Paul scored twice, his first after just eleven seconds, as Chelsea salvaged a draw.

In arguably one of his most forthright, honest and moving interviews yet, Paul talks about his time as one of John Neal's great side; the players, the matches and the goals and his struggles with racism, drug addiction and homelessness after football. 

Gary Chivers

23Jan

Having joined Chelsea as a youth player, Gary Chivers made his debut as an 18 year old against Middlesbrough in April 1979. By a strange quirk of fate Gary’s last match for the club was also against Middlesbrough a mere four years later, with the club escaping a drop in to Division Three by the skin of their teeth. In between, Gary enjoyed or more accurately endured some of the leanest, up and down eras of Chelsea Football Club.  

In an engaging interview, Gary talks about players such as Ron Harris, Ray Wilkins, Mike Fillery, Duncan McKenzie and Johan Cruyff and the managers he played for such as Danny Blanchflower and Geoff Hurst as well as some of the matches he played in.

John Boyle

10Jan

Born in Motherwell, Scotland, John Boyle signed for Chelsea as a 15-year-old whilst on holiday in London. He made his Chelsea debut on 20th January 1965 in a League Cup semi-final against Aston Villa as an 18-year-old which Chelsea won 3-2. 

John Boyle was something of an unsung hero and yet vital player for the successful ‘Kings of the Kings Road’ Chelsea side of the 1960s and early 1970s and will be remembered by many supporters as a tenacious ball winning midfielder.

An absolute gentleman with a softly spoken Scottish brogue, John reflects on his time playing for Chelsea, some of the great players and managers of that era, his relationship with the fans and some of the huge domestic and European matches he played in for Chelsea

Danny ‘Eccles’ Harkins

6Jan

Martin King interviews Danny 'Eccles' Harkins, arguably one of Chelsea's most iconic supporters.

A Chelsea supporter since the 1950's, Danny Harkins became the leader of the 'Shed' in the 1960's when terrace culture and skinhead culture took root at football and Chelsea in particular. 

Taking 'ends', running the gauntlet at Millwall and Spurs, travelling on the Football Specials to follow Chelsea over land and sea...and Leicester; Danny spills the beans on a lifetime supporting Chelsea through thick and thin and how the football terrace culture started and took shape.

John Bumstead

27Nov

John Bumstead or Johnny B as he was affectionately known by the supporters, played for Chelsea from 1978 until 1991, making 409 appearances, the 9th highest appearance maker for Chelsea and scoring 44 goals. There are few Chelsea players who have experienced the rollercoaster of what it was like to play for Chelsea in that 13 year period and he remained loyal to his boyhood club until being transferred to Charlton.

Johnny B was the ultimate selfless team player, a steely competitor, fearless and courageous playing at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield, doing the simple things very well and he hardly ever had a bad game for the club. 

If you were to sum John Bumstead up, I can think of no better description than understated excellence.

Colin Pates

19Nov

Colin Pates made 346 appearances for Chelsea between 1979 & 1988, 137 as Captain. The era Colin played in for Chelsea, was among the most turbulent in the Club’s history with the lows of relegation and the highs of promotion; Division 1 title challenges; winning the Full Member’s Cup and beating the mighty Liverpool FC, European Champions at the time, in the FA Cup.

Colin was made captain at the age of 22 and showed maturity beyond his years by moulding together the different groups within the dressing room. More than that, his classy displays as a ball-playing defender who read the game superbly, matched his impressive captaincy of a club on its way back to the top.

Pates was a player who served the club with commitment and distinction for nearly ten years, having supported them as a boy.

Tommy Baldwin

13Nov

Tommy Baldwin made 239 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 92 goals from 1966-1974 winning FA Cup & European Cup Winners Cup medals in 1970 & 1971. 

Tommy Baldwin, Peter ‘Ossie’ Osgood and Charlie Cooke were the heart of the infamous ‘Kings of the Kings Road’ Chelsea side, both on and off the pitch. They had flair and entertained on the pitch and did likewise off it; drinking in the Kings Road with actors and actresses every night; a real showbiz team. 

Such is the esteem in which Baldwin is held by Chelsea supporters, a terrace chant created in his honour many years ago is still sung regularly to this day. ‘His name is Tommy Baldwin, he’s the leader of the team…' very few who saw him play would argue with that and we all know what would happen if you did!

Kerry Dixon

6Nov

With 193 goals to his name, Kerry Dixon is Chelsea's third highest goal scorer of all time, behind only Bobby Tambling and Frank Lampard. Over nine seasons between 1983 and 1992, Kerry became one of the best loved players ever to appear for Chelsea. In a typically forthright and up front interview Kerry talks to Martin King & Stamford Chidge about his career at Chelsea; his relationship with Ken Bates; playing for England; his best goals and what it was like to hear 40,000 Chelsea supporters chanting "One Kerry Dixon" at Wembley when he was playing for Luton!

Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris

30Oct

795 appearances and a career going from the 1960’s Docherty’s Diamonds to the gloom of 1980. There can’t be any better servants of Chelsea than Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris.

Chelsea's first FA Cup & European Cup Winners' Cup winning Captain, 'Chopper's' 18 year Chelsea career as an uncompromising, talented defender was notorious for getting his "late tackles in early".

Martin King & Stamford Chidge talked to Ron 'Chopper' Harris about the Cup wins, playing with Peter Osgood and against George Best, 'Dirty' Leeds and his love affair with Chelsea and the fans that has lasted well over 50 years.

Bobby Tambling

22Oct

Bobby Tambling is most widely known for being Chelsea’s record goal scorer for over 40 years; scoring 202 goals in only 370 games from 1958-1970. 

Martin King and Stamford Chidge were privileged to interview Bobby about playing and learning from the great Jimmy Greaves; the differences in approach between Tommy Docherty and Dave Sexton; the game at Villa Park where he scored 5 goals; the pain of defeat against Spurs in the 1967 FA Cup Final and missing out in the 1970 final as well as following the careers of Kerry Dixon and Frank Lampard wondering which one might break his goal scoring record. Bobby Tambling’s love for Chelsea and the supporters who cheered his name week in week out is palpable as you will find out listening to this interview…

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