Each of the five Chelsea legends in contention for a place on the Shed Wall have received a 21st-century take on their playing abilities in the form of a FIFA Ratings Card. Roy Bentley is the next we showcase here...
Voting to decide which former player joins many other Chelsea greats on the Shed Wall remains open until Friday 22 March. Our former captain and striker Bentley is joined on the shortlist by Bobby Tambling, John Hollins, Jimmy Greaves and Charlie Cooke, and you can cast your vote here.
Bentley’s creativity as well as his goal threat are recognised on his Ratings Card below.
A Chelsea player for eight years from 1948 onwards, eight seasons in which he was the club’s top scorer throughout, Bentley will always be synonymous with our 1955 league championship win – a triumph which was our first major silverware win and the perfect way to crown Chelsea Football Club’s first 50 years in existence.
Having developed a style of play that made him more mobile than most centre-forwards of the time and earned him 12 England caps, including during his nation’s first World Cup in 1950, Bentley netted 21 times during our first title-winning campaign. He was especially outstanding in the air, despite not being the tallest, and it was not only the attack he led. Bentley was captain of that side too, a man everyone looked up to, and he memorably addressed the Stamford Bridge crowd from the directors’ box in old East Stand on the afternoon when the historic championship had been won.