Steve Clarke is one of the most reliable and consistent defenders ever to appear for the club.
Steve was signed from St Mirren for £422,000 in February 1987 and immediately settled into the right-back position which had been something of a problem in recent seasons.
Initially, Steve was an adventurous attacking full-back and he frequently contributed goals and assists. Over the years though he became a more solid and defensively-minded stopper whose great strength was his reading of the game. Towards the end of his career he often played as a centre-half or in a back three.
A popular player, he was voted the supporters Player of Year in 1994, the year we reached the FA Cup final, and there were few players more deserving of being in the team that ended a 26-year wait for a trophy by winning the FA Cup in 1997.
A year later Steve eclipsed that achievement by winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in what turned out to be his 421st and final game for Chelsea.
Steve's contribution to the club continued after his playing days and he was part of the coaching staff when we became champions in 2005 and 2006. He resigned his position in September 2008 to become assistant manager at West Ham United.