With the impending returns of Franco Zola and Jose Mourinho, Clive Batty reminds us of some players who came back to haunt us after we sold them …
1. Dave Beasant
‘Lurch’ dropped a few clangers during his time at the Bridge in the early 1990s but always performed well when facing the Blues for his later clubs, Southampton and Nottingham Forest.
2. Jim McCalliog
The Scot only made a handful of appearances for Chelsea and left for Sheffield Wednesday in 1965. The following year he scored for the Owls when they beat us in the FA Cup semi-final and was also on target in a 6-1 mauling of the Blues at Hillsborough.
3. Peter Rhoades-Brown
After joining Oxford in 1983 left-winger Rhoades-Brown scored three goals in six games against the Blues. He had been somewhat less prolific at the Bridge, netting just five times in 109 appearances.
4. Alan Hudson
A classy performer who was sold far too early, Huddy returned to the Bridge with Stoke in April 1974 and, inevitably, scored the winning goal. Indeed in eight games against us for the Potters and Arsenal, he never lost once.
5. Ken Monkou
Chelsea Player of the Year in 1990, Monkou returned to the Bridge with Huddersfield in 1999 and helped the Terriers pull off a shock 1-0 win in the League Cup.
6. Eidur Gudjohnsen
Is it just a coincidence that the Blues have failed to win the league since selling ‘the white Maradona’ to Barcelona in 2006? Whatever, the goal he scored against us at the Nou Camp later that year was a sharp reminder of his finishing prowess.
7. Tommy Langley
In August 1980, the same month that he moved to QPR, Shed favourite Tommy Langley returned to the Bridge to score for the Rs in a 1-1 draw. As if that wasn’t hard enough to swallow, he grabbed the winner at Loftus Road later that season.
8. Clive Allen
A regular scorer against us for QPR, Tottenham and Manchester City in the 1980s, Clive Allen had a short spell with the Blues in the 1991/92 season before moving on deadline day to West Ham. By a twist of fate his debut for the Hammers was back at the Bridge, and he marked it with a cracking goal in a 2-1 defeat.
9. Bobby Smith
As a teenage striker with Chelsea, Bobby Smith made little impact at the Bridge but it was a different story once he moved to Tottenham in 1955. Among the ten goals he scored against us was a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at the Bridge in April 1960, the year before he won the ‘Double’ with Spurs.
10. Tony Hateley
Hateley had notched a remarkable eight goals against Chelsea for Aston Villa before joining the Blues in 1966. After failing to live up to expectations at the Bridge he moved on to Liverpool the following year, and promptly banged in a couple more against us at Anfield in one of his first games for the Reds.
11. Clive Walker
A pacy winger who was a big favourite with the Chelsea crowd, Walker was sold to Sunderland in 1984. The following year his two goals in the League Cup semi-final ended our Wembley hopes and sparked a mini-riot among disappointed Blues fans at the Bridge.
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