Know Your Legends: Part 2. End of an Era

In the second piece for this series I’ll help you learn about another of Chelsea’s lesser known players who was a fan favourite and special character at the club.

2. Doug Rougvie – Left back, crunching tackle king.

We bought a BEAST!

Doug Rougvie was something of a misfit at Chelsea in the ’80s. He had won a big trophies with Aberdeen, including the Scottish League, SFA Cup, European Cup Winner’s Cup and UEFA Super Cup, no less. Doug Rougvie had pedigree and he cost us as much as Kerry Dixon did, with the Blues forking out a massive £150,000 for a defender. He was 6’3″, maybe 6’4″ of thundering left back. Hold on… a giant left back? Aren’t left backs cultured pieces of talent wrapped in small, pacey packages of ball crossing win? Not in this case. We brought us a Vinny Jones before Vinny knew what violence was. There was much anticipation. Continue reading “Know Your Legends: Part 2. End of an Era”

Know Your Legends: Part 1. Unsung Heroes

You couldn’t chip him.

In this section I’ll help you learn some of Chelsea’s lesser known players who were fan favourites, great servants or just special characters at the club.

1. Kevin Hitchcock – Goalkeeper, penalty king.

Our Kev was at Chelsea for thirteen years and only got himself 96 appearances. This wasn’t because of a lack of ability. He first caught Chelsea’s eye when he saved a Kerry Dixon penalty during a league cup match whilst playing for Huddersfield and we signed him 18 months later following a terrible run of form that cost John Hollins his place in the Chelsea hot seat. Continue reading “Know Your Legends: Part 1. Unsung Heroes”