Clubs played for: Chelsea, Stoke City, Arsenal, Seattle Sounders, Cleveland Force, Chelsea, (1968-1985)
Birthplace: Chelsea, London
Biography: Alan Hudson will be remembered as one of the most flamboyant players ever to have played for the club. Born just a stone's throw away from the Kings Road, he rejected his boyhood club Fulham to sign for Chelsea. A bone infection lost him the tag as the youngest ever debutant for the club, instead he had to wait nine months to make his first team bow. Soon established himself as the team's playmaker, creating goals for Peter Osgood and Ian Hutchinson and he played a key role in the successful Cup Winners' Cup campaign after missing out on the FA Cup final against Leeds United twelve months earlier through injury. His first spell at the club ended at the age age of just 22, when he fell out with Dave Sexton and was sold to Stoke City for £240,000. He returned to Stamford Bridge nine years later but never played a game because of injury and illness. Scored a 'goal that never was' in his first spell against Ipswich Town in 1970. After shooting into the side netting, referee Roy Capley signalled a goal. Alan later settled in the Potteries where he had business interests and wrote for the local paper before suffering alcoholism and bankruptcy. Spent two months in a coma after being knocked down by a car in East London in December 1997 but has made a full recovery. Is now an occasional author and pundit.
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