Posted on: Tue 17 Dec 2013

Two-time Chelsea Player of the Year Pat Nevin was the guest of honour at the Chelsea Foundation Senior Fans' Christmas Party.

The former Chelsea and Scotland winger - who tormented defenders during five years at the club in the 1980s, and was part of the side which won the Second Division title in 1983/84 - joined almost 100 senior Chelsea fans for the free event organised by the Chelsea Foundation.

Now in its eighth year, the event gave the 'Alive and Kicking Group' [supporters aged 70 and above] the opportunity to come along to the ground and spend an afternoon being entertained by a genuine Blues legend.

Having overcome travel problems to take his place on stage alongside club historian Rick Glanvill, Nevin was delighted to have spent the afternoon in the company of the veteran Chelsea supporters.

'It was absolutely fantastic and the thing the fans probably didn't realise was it took me 26 hours to get here!' said Nevin.

'My plane tried to take off twice but we had technical problems so I ended up taking over a day to get here.

'Someone said to me you shouldn't bother going, but I said 'no, I've got a very important event to attend' as I knew it would be such fun.They asked some fantastic questions and listened attentively, it was a pleasure to be here.

'Chelsea has a great community side to it and the Foundation is very important to the club and that comes through from the owner to every member of staff who understand what the club is about and how important the fans and ex-players are.'

Foundation event

The event proved a roaring success among those in attendance, with Nevin following in the footsteps of former Blues Roy Bentley, Peter Bonetti, Ron Harris and ex-manager Tommy Doherty by attending the celebration.

And Glanvill, who as well as being club historian is also the author of a number of Chelsea books, believes Nevin has set the standard for all future events with his range of stories from his time with the club.

'I think Pat raised the bar,' said Glanvill. 'He was captivating and the audience loved him, we've had some great ex-players take part before but Pat was brilliant and the supporters had a great time.

'As club historian I'm so happy to be involved with the Foundation and the work they do with the 'Alive and Kicking Group'.

'I believe the work they do is unique to any football club with the way they look after the elderly, and the event is one of the things I look forward to most throughout the year.'

The marvellous turnout only served to emphasise just how high a regard former Chelsea players are held in by the supporters, and it was lovely to see the older fans overcome with joy at meeting one of their heroes.

'Players like Pat are revered at Chelsea,' said Glanvill. 'They are like ribbons that are woven through the tapestry of the club, and what him and his former team-mates really appreciate now is the fact that they are remembered and respected by the club and always brought back on special occasions.'