TAMBLING SAYS THANKS
Bobby Tambling took to the Stamford Bridge pitch at half-time in Saturday's game against Fulham to express his gratitude for the morale-boosting support he has received from Chelsea fans.
The legendary former striker wore a replica of one of the shirts he sported during the 1960s when he scored 202 goals, making him one of only two players to have recorded a double century for the club. The words on the back were a simple message - 'Thank You'.
When Tambling was a special guest of the club at a home game back in April he greeted the crowd from a wheelchair, but having responded well to treatment over the summer, this weekend he lapped the pitch by foot to a great reception.
He was one of the many players from the 1962/63 Chelsea squad who gathered at the Bridge on Thursday for a dinner to mark 50-years since that famous side he captained won promotion. He watched Saturday's win over Fulham from the directors' box.
In the Last Word column in the matchday programme for the game, Tambling wrote:
'I'm very pleased to have this opportunity to say thanks for the wonderful support you've given me, not just through my illness, but down the years, going all the way back to when I was playing.
'When I was at Stamford Bridge for two games at the end of last season, you gave me a tremendous welcome and it acted as a wonderful motivation for me. It made me want to improve and gave me a lift to do as much as I could to recover.'
-The whole of the Last Word column and the rest of the programme for the Fulham game are available to download now.