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Roy Bentley

Roy Bentley

Clubs played for: Newcastle United, Chelsea, Fulham. England International.

Born: 1924

Birthplace: Bristol


Position: Striker/defender

Biography: Signed for Chelsea for 12,500 because a doctor advised him a move south would help a lung problem. Ironically, it was the same reason that persuaded the man he was replacing, Tommy Lawton, to join the club as well. Bentley struggled to adapt to the Blues' style of play, but as soon as he did he ended his first season at the club as leading scorer with 23 goals. This was something that he did for each of his eight seasons at Stamford Bridge. The highlight of his time at the club was skippering them to their 1954-55 League Championship success. Went onto become one of the first members of the aging squad to be sold. Managed both Reading and Swansea, and returned to the Royals as secretary in 1977. Then moved onto Aldershot, but ended his working life filling a similar role at a golf club and a lake fishing business, both now run by Ron Harris, now lives in retirement in Reading. Captain of Chelsea when they won the League for the first time in 1955. Now retired and living in Reading.

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