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Dave Sexton 1930 - 2012 RIP


By Since66
November 26 2012

Prior to yesterday’s kick-off Chelsea Football Club announced the sad passing of one of Chelsea’s greatest managers, Dave Sexton. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sympathy to Dave’s family and friends and to Manchester United and QPR where Dave served so stawardly.

Dave took over the Chelsea hot-seat in 1967 from Tommy Docherty and three years later he guided Chelsea to their first FA Cup trophy (the first of many) after two titanic games against Leeds United.

The first game at Wembley, on a beach of a pitch, ended 2-2 and in the replay at Old Trafford some two weeks later, Chelsea came from behind and even with Peter Bonetti playing on one leg won 2-1 after extra-time.

Who can forget Ossie’s flying header at the Stretford End and Webby’s headed goal from a HUGE Ian Hutchinson long throw?


The following season Dave guided Chelsea to the European Cup Winners Cup final where again after a replay, Chelsea with two superb goals from Ossie and John Dempsey, beat the ‘hot’ favourites Real Madrid. Had Madrid not equalised with the last kick of the game two days earlier, Chelsea would have won 1-0, saving the thousands of Chelsea fans the effort and headache of working out how to stay in Athens for a couple of more days.

In the 1971/72 season, Chelsea were hot favourites to lift a third successive trophy when they reached the final of the League Cup at Wembley. Unfortunately Stoke City and George Eastham had other ideas winning the game 2-1 to record their first trophy success in the club’s history.

Ossie scored again, his third successive Cup Final goal.

There were to be no more trophies.

Discord set in and from what I can remember (through a mighty 30 year odd cloud) there was an almighty bust-up between Ossie and Sexton developing into ‘it’s either me or him’ situation.

Sadly Ossie lost and he moved to Southampton then Sexton also sold Charlie Cooke to Crystal Palace and Alan Hudson was never the same player again in the Blue of Chelsea.

Hudson eventually moved to Stoke City.

Dave was dismissed by Chelsea in October 1974.

In honour of Dave Sexton’s memory the players gathered in the centre-circle and a spontaneous gesture of applause broke out around Stamford Bridge lasting more than the minute expected.

Dave Sexton

Thank you



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