Jack Cock

Jack Cock was Chelsea’s first great superstar and was in many ways the first celebrity footballer. He had won the Military Medal during the First World War before joining Chelsea in 1919.

Moving to London gave Cock’s talents a greater platform than merely football and he was frequently seen on stage as a music hall singer at the nearby Granville Theatre. In 1920 he played himself in a silent movie ‘The Winning Goal,’ and was later to star in ‘The Great Game.’

These pastimes though, did not distract from Jack’s considerable talents as a footballer. Cock was extremely talented and a natural athlete and in many ways the complete centre-forward. He possessed a powerful shot in either foot and was a fine header of the ball.

Cock scored twice on his debut and totalled 22 goals in his first season in what was, until the 1960s, the best ever Chelsea team, as we finished third and reached the FA Cup semi final. That year saw him win his two England caps. In his first international, he scored after 30 seconds, still the fastest debut goal by any England international.

After two more seasons as top scorer, Cock went through a lean spell at the start of the 1922-1923 campaign and was allowed to join Everton. Stamford Bridge was not the same for many years.