Everybody at Chelsea Football Club has been saddened to learn of the passing of former Chelsea winger Mike Harrison, who has passed away at the age of 78.
Harrison came through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and made his debut for the first team, at the age of 16, in an away game against Blackpool in 1957.
A year later he was part of the Chelsea team beaten 7-6 on aggregate by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final of the FA Youth Cup, with Harrison scoring a brace in the first leg.
Big and powerful, Harrison made 19 appearances during the 1958/59 season and scored the first of his nine Chelsea goals in a 2-1 win away at Newcastle United.
The 1961/62 campaign was Harrison’s most productive for the club in terms of appearances as he featured 22 times, as well as scoring three goals, including the winner against Sheffield Wednesday.
It was a season which would end in disappointment for the club, however, as we were relegated to the old Second Division.
Harrison eventually left Chelsea for Blackburn Rovers in 1962, before going on to play for Plymouth Argyle, Luton Town and Dover.
The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Mike’s friends and family at this sad time.