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John Hollins

John Hollins was a complete midfield player who made almost 600 appearances for the club during two separate spells. 

A product of the club's outstanding youth system in the early 1960s, Hollins made his professional debut at the age of 17 and never looked back. 

A mainstay of the teams that won the FA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and League Cup in the space of a few seasons, Hollins was a superb distributor of the ball, covered vast areas of ground and weighed in with his fair share of goals. He scored 64 times in 592 appearances. 

Hollins was remarkably consistent and led by example, regularly transforming defence into attack with well-timed tackles, clever positioning and outstanding vision. His two Player of the Year trophies pointed to his popularity amongst the supporters during one of the most exciting times in Chelsea's history. 

He left Stamford Bridge in 1975 but returned eight years later for a final stint as a player as we won promotion from the Second Division. Shortly afterwards he was replaced John Neal as manager, a position he held for two-and-a-half years during which time we won the Full Members Cup at Wembley.  

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