Roy Bentley, the former Chelsea striker and captain has died, aged 93.
Bentley won the league title with the Blues in 1955 and spent eight years with the club, scoring 150 goals in 367 appearances.
“A Chelsea legend in the truest sense of the word, his importance in the club’s story has, and never will be, forgotten,” the club said.
The club paid Newcastle £11,000 for him in January 1948 and he top scored in seven consecutive seasons. Bentley is the joint-fifth highest goals total in Chelsea’s history and was appointed captain by manager Billy Birrell towards the end of the 1950/51 season, replacing his friend. Johnny Harris.
Later that summer both he and Harris went on strike over a contractual dispute, and did not play for eight weeks. “The clubs have footballers over a barrel,” he said at the time. “They’ve got the money, and we’re the tools.”
Bentley was glad he had fought his corner and returned to the side to help win the battle against relegation. He earned the then maximum £12 per week from football, but supplemented his income by working part-time as a salesman, and also benefited from advertising Colman’s mustard and milk, as well as featuring in the movie Cosh Boy alongside Joan Collins and Sid James.
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In 1955, his crowning moment came as he became Chelsea’s first title winning captain.
And Bentley addressed around 40,000 spectators at Stamfor Bridge once the league was secure, though the players didn’t actually get their hands on the First Division trophy or medals until the summer.
‘I always found Chelsea fans a great bunch,’ he later said. ‘Running out onto the old Stamford Bridge pitch and seeing the applause spread round the whole ground, all the way up to The Shed at the back, really did make you glow. When we were doing well and the ground was packed with more than 70,000 fans, it was something else.’
Winning the title was a high point and in 1956, to the protest of fans, he was told he was being moved on and he joined Fulham and later played for Queens Park Rangers before retiring in 1962.
Source : TalkSport