These days Chelsea Football Club is full of some of the biggest names in football. The current crop at Stamford Bridge includes the stellar names of Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba and John Terry and these often overshadow some of the older names associated with Chelsea. Roman Abramovich’s Russian revolution has taken the west London club to new heights and it is often easy to forget some of the legends from years gone by. Football may not have been as glamorous 20 or 30 years ago and many of fans previous hero’s have disappeared into the abyss created by football retirement. Chelsea’s side of the 1980’s contained some names that have gone down in Stamford Bridge history, David Speedie for example was a legend in west London. So what has happened to the Chelsea striker since he left the Bridge in 1987?
Speedie joined the Blues in 1982 and it is easily the most notable spell of his career. He formed a prolific strike force with fellow Chelsea legend Kerry Dixon and also had a terrific understanding with the winger Pat Nevin. Speedie boasted strength as well as a high work-rate and an eye for goal. In his 204 appearances for Chelsea, he scored 64 times, including a hat-trick at Wembley in the 1986 Full Members Cup Final.
Speedie joined Coventry City in 1987 for a fee of £750,000 and once again enjoyed a lengthy spell at a club. He was at Highfield Road for 4 seasons and experienced such highs as winning the 1987 F.A Cup final and a 7th place finish in the 1988-89 campaign. Speedie was as loved at Coventry as he was at Chelsea and he remains one of the most popular figures of the modern era at Highfield Road.
The striker became a bit of a journeyman after leaving Coventry with his most notable spells being at Liverpool and Blackburn. He is often criticised for his time at Anfield however there is no doubt that the striker scored some key goals whilst on Merseyside, including one on his debut against arch rivals Manchester United.
After hanging up their boots, some footballers get into management (with mixed results), some become pundits, and some want to get away from the thrills of the game altogether. Speedie appears to have found a happy medium. The ex-Chelsea striker now works as a football agent in a job that sees him take a business route in life whilst still sticking with the sport he loves. In my opinion it is good to see people keeping their interests in football and Speedie proves that you don’t have to be in the thick of it all on the television to do this. Speedie can still also be seen at Stamford Bridge on matchdays parading at half time along with other legends, and like in his day, he is still thoroughly appreciated by the Chelsea faithful.