Eddie Newton

Eddie Newton came through the youth team at Chelsea, played alongside some of the best players the club has seen and featured in three cup-winning sides, scoring in the 1997 FA Cup final.

Having impressed during a loan spell at Cardiff City in 1992, Newton returned in time to make his Chelsea debut in the last game of the season. He made an immediate impact scoring a brilliant goal.

Over the next two seasons he established himself as a progressive midfielder with an eye for goal. He was a star of the team that reached the FA Cup final in 1994 against Manchester United but unfortunately gave away a penalty with the game still scoreless.

A further setback occurred two seasons later when Newton broke his leg just as he was being tipped to break through into the England squad. When he recovered from injury, it was as a defensive holding midfielder in Ruud Gullit’s all-star team that he returned to Wembley for the 1997 FA Cup Final. Here he laid the ghost of 1994 by scoring the second, clinching, goal, ironically his first of the season. A year later, Newton had League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup medals as well.

From then on though he was hampered by a succession of injuries. Newton joined Birmingham City but made only a handful of appearances before retiring in 2001. After a spell coaching in the Chelsea Academy, he became assistant manager alongside former teammate Roberto Di Matteo, first at MK Dons, then at West Brom, then at Chelsea before taking on a role in the Academy.

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