Joe Fascione, a winger of ours in the 1960s, has died at the age of 74.
Fascione joined Chelsea from Scottish club Kirkintilloch Rob Roy as a teenager and had his first taste of top-flight football in the early rounds of the League Cup in 1964/65, appearing in victories over Birmingham, Notts County and Workington Town in the first year we won the trophy.
A small and skilful winger, Fascione was handed a First Division debut against Arsenal at Highbury early the next season. It could scarcely have gone better as Fascione netted his first Chelsea goal with a glancing header, and then helped Barry Bridges score in a 3-1 success in north London.
A series of impressive displays followed, including in a 4-1 victory over Roma in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, but the rise of Peter Osgood led to a reshuffle and he lost his place in the team.
When Dave Sexton succeeded Tommy Docherty two years later, Fascione was handed another run in the starting XI. Those six matches in the autumn of 1967 proved to be his last meaningful appearances for the Blues, and he left for Durban City in South Africa in the summer of 1969.
In total, Fascione played 34 times for Chelsea and scored one goal during his five years of service.
The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Joe’s family and friends at this sad time.