CLIVE WALKER

Clive Walker

Clive Walker was a pacy, exciting winger who, on his day could terrorise even the most experienced of defenders. That he never truly lived up to his early promise could perhaps be explained by the fact that he was playing in some of the worst teams in Chelsea history.

Clive made his debut at the tail end of the 1976/77 promotion season and broke into the first team the following year. He soon made a name for himself by scoring spectacular goals, in particular a brilliant effort in an FA Cup win over Liverpool.

Although Walker continued to impress he could do nothing to ward off relegation. As the team stagnated in the Second Division he was often the best talent on show. It was in the penultimate game of 1982/83 that Clive scored arguably the most important goal in the club's history. It was the only goal of the game against Bolton, when defeat would surely have seen us relegated to the Third Division.

At the start of the following season Walker was playing some of the best football of his time at Chelsea when he was injured, and with the team playing so well in his absence, failed to regain his place.

Clive was transferred to Sunderland in May 1984 and went on to play over 1,000 games in a career that lasted until he was 40.


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