Player Q&A

90 seconds with Paul ‘King Canners’ Canoville

After a tough start to life, Paul Canoville became the first black player to join Chelsea back in December 1981 when he was signed from non-league Hillingdon Borough for just £5k. The pacer winger made his debut for the Blues four months later coming on as a substitute for Clive Walker away at Crystal Palace. […]

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90 seconds with David ‘Speedo’ Speedie

Born in Scotland but raised in Yorkshire, Speedie worked as a coalminer before signing professional terms with Barnsley in 1978. Without having scored a single goal for Barnsley in 21 appearances, he was off to Darlington where his talent was apparent to Chelsea Manager John Neal, who signed him for £80,000 in May 1982. In his five year spell at Stamford Bridge […]

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90 seconds with Kevin ‘Rats’ Ratcliffe

The Welsh international defender started his professional career at Everton and made his debut away to Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1977. The commanding central defender cemented his first team place in 1982 and just a year later was made club captain at just 23 years of age. Whilst captain, Ratcliffe won the FA Cup Final in […]

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90 seconds with Brian ‘Choccy’ McClair

The Scotland international started his professional career at Motherwell in 1981 before heading to his boyhood club, Glasgow Celtic. After a very successful spell with The Celts which included a SPL title and Scottish Cup win, Sir Alex Ferguson signed him for £850,000 to play for Manchester United where he spent the next 11-year’s of […]

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