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Players at Chelsea

Today’s blog is in honor of recently passed John Hollins who is a star player for Chelsea football club. After Peter Osgood he was one of my favourite players when growing up.

He initially played as a midfielder, before becoming an effective full-back later in his career. John Hollins played in the Football League, predominantly for Chelsea, with whom he won the FA Cup, Football League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He remembered Chelsea's 1965 League Cup win and the greatest goal ever seen.

Chelsea won the League Cup for the first time in its history following a two-legged victory over Leicester City. They won the league title with a younger side, managed by Tommy Docherty. His leadership had directed the club in its finest hour. The second leg was played at Leicester's Filbert Street on 5 April and ended in a 0–0 draw, giving Chelsea a 3–2 aggregate win and the League Cup championship.

Chelsea took the lead in the match twice, first through Bobby Tambling and then through a penalty kick by captain Terry Venables, but Leicester City equalized on both occasions, via defender Colin Appleton and forward Jimmy Goodfellow.

With ten minutes left, Chelsea's Eddie McCreadie received the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and went on a sixty-yard run, dribbling past several Leicester players before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

The match ended 3–2 in Chelsea's favour. This was in spite of the fact that Chelsea only had ten players on the pitch for most of the match.

McCreadie was actually Chelsea's starting left-back by trade; however, due to an injury to forward Barry Bridges, Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty had been forced to deploy McCreadie as an emergency forward, instead of in his usual spot, for the first leg.

Have a great day!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Storyline (n) = plot, narrative, story, theme, scenario, subplot, action

Dribbling (n) = is the art of moving the ball past your opponent without allowing him to tackle you, allowing you to keep possession. Dribbling makes it easier to accomplish scoring a goal.

Slotting (v) = positioning, locating, fitting, inserting, slipping, sliding, drop in

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