ROY BENTLEY

Roy Bentley

Roy Bentley is one of only two players to captain Chelsea to the League Championship. He is the joint third highest goalscorer in our history with 150 goals from his 367 appearances and was top scorer in each of his eight seasons at the club.

Yet his career at the club started slowly and he scored just three times in his first 15 games after joining from Newcastle United for £11,000 in January 1948.

It was only the following season when Roy began to play slightly deeper than most centre-forwards of the time, a tactic that unsettled defenders, that he found the net regularly. He scored 23 goals and earned the first of his 12 England caps.

Roy was outstanding in the Championship win both as a captain and a goalscorer, netting 21 times including twice in a crucial 4-3 win in a fractious match at eventual runners-up Wolverhampton Wanderers, and a hat-trick in another 4-3 victory, this time over Newcastle United.

After a disappointing season in which Chelsea never threatened to defend their title, Roy was allowed to leave the club as manager Ted Drake began to break up what was an ageing squad.

Roy signed for neighbours Fulham early in the 1956/57 season and later also played for QPR. He retired in 1962 and later managed Reading and Swansea. He is still a regular and extremely popular visitor to Stamford Bridge.


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