PETER SILLETT

Peter Sillett

Peter Sillett played 288 games for Chelsea over nine seasons after signing from Southampton in 1953 for just £12,000. In his time at Stamford Bridge, he scored 34 goals, which made him the highest scoring defender in the club's history until being overtaken recently by John Terry.

The majority of Sillett's goals were either free kicks or penalties and the most famous was the spot kick that won the crucial top-of-the-table clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1955. There were just 15 minutes remaining with the game scoreless when the kick was awarded. Sillett knew his kick would put Chelsea close to our first ever championship but he showed no nerves and calmly smashed the ball home.

Sillett scored six goals in just 21 games in the championship-winning season including two in a 4-2 win at West Brom and the goal against Wolves was his only penalty. There was, however, much more to his game. He was a tireless and tough-tackling defender and was once described by Sir Stanley Matthews as the best full-back in the world.

Sillett remained at Stamford Bridge until June 1962 when new manager Tommy Docherty decided to introduce a younger team.

Peter died aged 65 in 1998 after a long fight against cancer.


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