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Chelsea will be reunited with Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic when we take on Bournemouth tonight, but do you remember these former Blues who also featured for the Cherries?

The duo played a cameo role in our most recent Premier League title triumph, which came in the 2016/17 season, as the Bosnian keeper served as a more than capable back-up to Thibaut Courtois and the versatile Dutch defender came back to offer vital cover in a number of positions.

Following that success, they both moved on to Bournemouth, where they have thrived under the tutelage of Eddie Howe, but they are far from our only links with the Cherries.

David Webb was the very definition of a cult hero at Chelsea: hard as nails defender; once scored a hat-trick; kept a clean sheet as a goalkeeper; winning goal in the 1970 FA Cup final against Leeds United. He is also fondly remembered at Bournemouth, having spent 14 months as the club’s player-manager in the early-Eighties, when he led them to promotion to the old Division Three.

Nigel Spackman is one of 13 players to have two separate spells with Chelsea, the second of which included playing under Webb in the first-ever Premier League season. However, he is best remembered for his first stint, when he formed one half of a hard-working, tenacious midfield pairing with John Bumstead which helped us to promotion in 1984. He’d joined the Blues the previous summer from his first professional club, Bournemouth, where he played alongside the likes of George Best and Charlie George.

Another of his midfield partners in west London was Gavin Peacock, who had previously spent a year at Bournemouth under Harry Redknapp. As a Blue he famously scored home and away against Manchester United in 1-0 victories during the 1993/94 campaign, as well as netting the goals which took us to Wembley Stadium for our first FA Cup final appearance in 24 years, although it ended in a 4-0 defeat against the Red Devils.

Mark Stein also appeared in that game, although he is best remembered at Chelsea for scoring in seven consecutive top-flight games, which was a Premier League record at the time. After he left Chelsea he continued to bang in the goals with some regularity during his two years with Bournemouth, when their current boss Howe was a young defender of some promise before injury brought a premature end to his career.

The final days of Gary Chivers' playing days were at Dean Court under Tony Pulis, who was taking his first steps in football management with Bournemouth. Years earlier, Chivs fulfilled a boyhood dream when he made the grade at Chelsea, the club he had cheered on from the Shed End when he was growing up, and he appeared in almost 150 matches for the Blues. One of his four goals for the club was a wonderful team goal against Newcastle United, which he may well have mentioned once or twice in his current role as a matchday host at Stamford Bridge!

Two defenders who went on to win silverware at Chelsea after enjoying loan spells at Bournemouth in the early part of their careers were Michael Duberry and Ryan Bertrand. The former helped us keep clean sheets in each of our three trophy triumphs in 1998, including against Real Madrid in the European Super Cup, while the left-back famously lifted the Champions League in 2012 after making his continental bow in the final against Bayern Munich.

Trevor Aylott joined Chelsea as a 13-year-old and made a dream start in the first team when he scored on his first two appearances – curiously, both goals were netted in the 55th minute – against Bristol City and a Nottingham Forest side soon to conquer both England and Europe. Sadly, they were the only two goals the Bermondsey boy scored for the Blues and he later went on to spend four years with Bournemouth.

Lastly, we come to Joe Sheerin, whose career in Chelsea’s first team remains the shortest ever, as he came on for the final 30 seconds away to Wimbledon in April 1997 – although most Blues fans would settle for that! The centre-forward moved on to Bournemouth early in 2000 and he marked his home debut with a spectacular goal against Oldham Athletic, but that was good as it got for him at Dean Court.

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