Saintly silver service
Inside Blue Sat 16 Dec 2017
This Saturday we welcome back two Champions League-winning Blues to Stamford Bridge, but Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu are far from the only players to lift silverware for Chelsea and represent Southampton.
While Bertrand was selected as a starter in Munich, becoming the first player to make their Champions League debut in the final, Romeu was an unused substitute as we became the first London side to become champions of Europe.
Both men have since gone on to become an integral part of the Southampton side, so we remind you of a few other former Saints who also helped Chelsea secure silverware.
Southampton’s loss was Chelsea’s gain when Ted Drake convinced Peter and his brother John to join the club in 1953. Although he was a solid right-back, it was his prowess from dead-ball situations which established him as a club legend, namely with the penalty which saw off title rivals Wolves on the way to helping the Blues become First Division champions in 1955. Sillett was the club’s highest-scoring defender before being surpassed by John Terry.
Following in the footsteps of Sillett, Webb moved from the South Coast to Chelsea and wrote his name in club folklore by scoring a famous goal. This time it was the winner in the 1970 FA Cup final replay, as a gruelling tie with Leeds United was finally settled by the head of our centre-back. He also enjoyed a brief but successful spell as caretaker manager of the Blues, keeping us in the top flight in our maiden Premier League campaign.
The King of Stamford Bridge abdicated his throne in 1974 to head south for The Dell, where he helped the Second Division side shock Manchester United, managed by his old boss Tommy Docherty, to win the FA Cup. That came six years after the graceful centre-forward had won the trophy with Chelsea, having scored in every round, and Ossie was also on target to help the Blues defeat Real Madrid in the Cup Winners’ Cup final.
Bes gets a bit of an unfair reputation as an error-prone keeper – and don’t mention the salad cream incident – but for the majority of his time at the Bridge he was an outstanding goalkeeper for the Blues, particularly in the 1989/90 season when the club finished fifth in Division One and lifted the Full Members’ Cup. He joined Southampton from Chelsea in 1993 and won the club’s Player of the Year award three years later.
Speedie followed in the footsteps of Sir Geoff Hurst by firing in a hat-trick at Wembley Stadium as the Blues edged a nine-goal thriller with Manchester City in the Full Members Cup final of 1986. His partnership with Kerry Dixon during the Eighties was so good that Southampton tried to rekindle it years later, but there was no turning back the clock.
The Welshman helped bring the glory days back to Stamford Bridge. His classic little and large partnership with Gianfranco Zola was the catalyst for our run to FA Cup glory in 1997, and a year later he scored a brilliant winner against Vicenza to send us into the Cup Winners’ Cup final. That was his last hurrah for the Blues and he moved to the South Coast, where he set the Premier League record for most bookings in a season with 14.