Back in July I wrote an article for FootballFanCast.com titled ‘Chelsea’s Where are They now?’ which can be seen here. In the article I wrote about what a few former Blues players did after finishing their time at the club, so I thought I would write a follow-up article with a few more former Blues.
Clive Walker was an old fashioned winger who had an abundance of pace as well as an eye for goal. Walker scored an impressive 65 goals in 224 appearances for Chelsea, with one of the most famous goals coming in the penultimate game of the 1982-83 season against fellow strugglers Bolton which ensured the club’s survival in the old Second Division. He also gave two man of the match performances as Chelsea scalped Liverpool in both the 1978 and 1982 FA Cup.
The winger spent time away from the club on loan to Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American League in 1979 and after leaving Chelsea he played for a host of clubs – Sunderland (1984-86), Queens Park Ranger (1986-87), Fulham (1987-90), Brighton and Hove Albion (1990-93), Woking (1993-97), and Cheltenham Town (1997-99) – being one of only two players to play for west London trio Chelsea, Fulham and QPR.
After his footballing career ended Walker worked in an auction house in Surrey. He is currently a co-director of Sporting Experience with Jason Cundy, is an analyst for BBC Radio London and makes occasional appearances on Chelsea TV.
Roy Bentley captained Chelsea when they won their first ever league title in 1955. After joining from Newcastle United it took the forward a while to adapt to an unfamiliar style of play, but after moving into a deeper striker’s role the goals started flowing. Bentley scored 150 goals for the Stamford Bridge club and is currently joint-4th in the list of all-time scorers with the legendary Peter Osgood.
The former Chelsea skipper also earned 12 England caps during his career and scored nine goals, with the goal that denied Scotland a place in the 1950 World Cup and his hat-trick against Wales in 1954 being particular highlights of his international career.
After leaving Chelsea in 1956 Bentley played for both Fulham (1956-60) and QPR (1960-62) – being the only other player apart from Clive Walker to play for the trio. He also had two stints at football management Reading (1963-68) and Swansea City (1969-72).
He had returned to Reading in 1977 as a club secretary and is now retired living in the same town, but is still a popular visitor to Stamford Bridge.
John Spencer suffered an injury-blighted and nomadic career, but probably enjoyed the best years of it in west London with Chelsea (1992-97) scoring 36 goals in 103 appearances.
The forward played for seven other clubs during his career – Glasgow Rangers, Morton, Lai Sun, Chelsea, QPR, Everton, Motherwell and Colorado Rapids. He earned 12 caps with Scotland.
Spencer became an assistant manager at MLS side Houstan Dynamo and held that role for four years between 2006 and 2010. He was also in charge of the US club’s reserve side and led them to the 2008 MLS Reserve Division Championship.
In August 2010 Spencer was named as the head coach of the Portland Timbers and will lead the team as they play their inaugural season in the MLS next year.