Here’s a short list of some of the Blues’ ex-professionals and what they have done since retiring from the game, if you have any to offer of your own feel free to add them in the comments section below:
Charlie Cooke was once a skilful winger in a flamboyant Chelsea side which is most remembered for winning the FA Cup in 1970 against Leeds United and for their Cup Winners’ Cup victory over Real Madrid in 1971.
The Scotsman had two spells at Stamford Bridge between 1966-1972 and 1974-1978, but what happened to him after he left?
Cooke moved to the USA and played in the now defunct NASL (North American Soccer League) for teams such as Memphis Rogues, LA Aztecs and the California Surf during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. He also managed the Memphis Rogues for a time as his old team mate Eddie McCreadie’s successor.
The ex-Chelsea star’s last appearance as a player came in the US indoor leagues for the Dallas Sidekicks in 1985.
Cooke, now 67-years-old is the director of the Charlie Cooke Soccer School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school’s camps aims to make football fun for youngsters between the ages of 4-11 years old.
Kerry Dixon is Chelsea’s second highest goal scorer of all time with 193 goals, just nine goals behind Bobby Tambling who is in first place.
The forward played for the Stamford Bridge outfit between 1983 and 1992. He arrived in the same summer as Nigel Spackman, Joe McLaughlin, Pat Nevin and Eddie Niedzwiecki under the tenure of John Neal.
He formed a successful understanding with both Nevin and his fellow strike partner David Speedie, the trio scored over 200 goals between them during Dixon’s first three seasons at the west London club in the First Division.
Since retiring as a player the former England international tried his hand at management at Doncaster Rovers as well as having stints as a coach at Boreham Wood, Letchworth and Hitchin Town.
These days King Kerry is still involved with the club as works for Chelsea TV, does Stamford Bridge stadium tours and is the official patron of cfcnet.co.uk. He also does work at a local level in Dunstable running a football school.
A few more quirky ones:
Gavin Peacock initially was known best as a pundit after retiring from football for his work on Football Focus, Score, Match of the Day 2 and BBC’s Radio Five. However, devout Christian Peacock departed England in 2008 left for Canada on a religious journey to become either a vicar, priest of pastor (depending on the denomination he chooses).
Gary Chivers after retiring from football in 1995 he played some non-league football in Sussex before becoming a chauffer. Chivers now works in the football related media as well as private coaching.
Micky Droy after the defender quit football he ran a successful electrical business before retiring and moving out to Florida in the USA.
Frank Leboeuf also went to the US, but had aspirations of being an actor. He has appeared in a British film called Taking Sides (2001) which starred Harvey Keitel. He’s currently in pre-production for a feature film about the Russian Mafia in New York called Ocean Hotel.