Ed de Goey was an experienced goalkeeper when he signed from Feyenoord in the summer of 1997. The fee of £2.25m made him the most expensive keeper in England at that time.
He had won five major honours in Holland, had starred in the 1994 World Cup and crucially for the new Chelsea, had plenty of experience on the European club stage.
After a shaky start in which he seemed unsure of the physical nature of football in England, Ed was outstanding in his first year at Chelsea. He made brilliant saves at crucial times in the League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup, both of which were won in that season.
Ed won a third major trophy at Chelsea, the FA Cup, in 1999-2000, a season in which he broke the club records for most appearances (59) and clean sheets (27), although both of these achievements have since been surpassed.
The following season, though, injury problems saw him lose his place to Carlo Cudicini and over the next three years he made just 25 appearances before joining Stoke City. In all, Ed had kept 72 clean sheets in his 179 games.