Terry Venables was the heartbeat of the early 1960s team, the majority of which had come up through the youth team under the guidance of Tommy Docherty.
He made his debut in February 1960 shortly after his 17th birthday and was a regular within a year. Chelsea were relegated in 1962, after a season in which Venables was injured and restricted to 12 league games, but were promoted a year later with Venables an ever present.
He was outstanding as we finished fifth, third, and fifth back in the First Division. He dominated the midfield, was strong in the tackle and a brilliant passer of the ball. He also had an eye for goal and against Roma in a Fairs Cup tie in 1965 scored one of the most impudent goals ever seen at Stamford Bridge. With an Italian wall encroaching at a free kick Venables paced out ten yards before receiving the ball at the edge of the wall and turning to score.
Venables also scored in our League Cup Final win, his only major honour with Chelsea.
Sadly though Venables fell out with Docherty after being one of eight players sent home for breaking a curfew before a game at Blackpool in April 1965 and within a year was transferred to Tottenham.