This Friday's memorial service to honour and celebrate the life and career of the great Peter Bonetti will take place at Stamford Bridge, with supporters who had already booked seats able to attend.

We lost Peter at the age of 78 in April 2020. The pandemic delayed a memorial service for our legendary goalkeeper but now family, friends, former team-mates and fans will celebrate his numerous achievements, many of which took place at Stamford Bridge when he was our first choice between the posts for the majority of the 1960s and 1970s.

The service, led by Chelsea supporter Reverend Martin Swan who conducted a similar memorial for Peter Osgood in 2006, begins at 2.15pm.Doors for those who have booked one of the free seats will open at 1.15pm and the service will end after Peter’s ashes are interred behind the Shed End goal.‘The Cat’, as Peter was nicknamed due to his agility and graceful movement, played the second-most games in Chelsea history with 729 appearances to his name. He was an innovator in the goalkeeping art and our first goalie to win the FA Cup having been the first to triumph in the League Cup, and was our first to win a European trophy, with outstanding displays in the finals of all three competitions.

His long association with the club continued after his retirement, as a coach and then a matchday host.

On Friday (18 March) we will be remembering a true Chelsea legend.