Frank Blunstone

The 1955 championship winning side relied greatly on experience but there was one player who supplied the youthful drive, left-winger Frank Blunstone.

Frank was signed from Crewe Alexandra as an 18-year-old in March 1953 and became an instant hero, scoring the winner in a 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

In his early days at Chelsea, Frank's career was interrupted by National Service commitments and it was his release from army duties in the late autumn of 1954 that coincided with our long unbeaten run to the brink of the League Championship. By now he had won the first of five England caps, setting up two goals for club-mate Roy Bentley in a 3-2 win over Wales.

Frank's Chelsea career was interrupted by a broken leg but he remained a key player for the club and set up many goals for Jimmy Greaves and a young Bobby Tambling. He also helped us win promotion back to the First Division in 1963 before his career was curtailed by a second leg break and he retired at the age of 30.

After initially joining the Chelsea coaching staff, Frank later managed Brentford and was assistant manager at Manchester United under Tommy Docherty. He now lives in Cheshire.

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