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The Loss of a Legend: Former Chelsea Player and Manager, John Hollins, Passes Away at 76

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Among the top five players with the most appearances for Chelsea stands the name John Hollins.

The death of John Hollins, a former Chelsea player and manager, at the age of 76, has been officially confirmed by the club.

During his two tenures at Stamford Bridge between 1963 and 1984, Hollins proudly donned the Chelsea jersey close to 600 times, finding the back of the net on 64 occasions.

In 1985, he assumed the mantle of manager, a role he fulfilled for a span of three years.

“As much a hero to this club’s supporters as he was to me personally,” remembered Chelsea board member Daniel Finkelstein.

“Hollins was the beating heart of one of Chelsea’s most legendary squads, embodying its essence not only through his contribution to its victories but also his spirit.

“He elevated the team with his skills on the pitch, and his radiant smile lit up Stamford Bridge. His lifelong commitment to the club — as a player, manager, and matchday ambassador — was greatly admired, and his absence will be deeply felt.”

John Hollins performed admirably under the guidance of Chelsea managers Tommy Docherty and Dave Sexton.

Hollins, a two-time player of the year and a product of the Chelsea youth program, made his grand entry into the first-team at just 17 years old.

During his initial stint with the club, Hollins hoisted the FA Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, and the League Cup, departing in 1975 and making a triumphant return eight years later, leading the team to promotion from the second tier.

With 592 games under his belt, Hollins ranks fifth on Chelsea’s all-time appearances list, surpassed only by John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ron Harris, and Peter Bonetti.

Hollins’ impressive playing career also included stints with fellow London clubs Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal.

Hollins extended his management acumen to Swansea City, Rochdale, Raith, Stockport, Crawley, and Weymouth, leading Swansea City to win the fourth-tier title in 2000.

In a poignant tweet, Hollins’ son Chris, a former BBC presenter, wrote: “My hero, best friend and father departed from us today.

“He was a humble man, but I will proudly say this: He was an exceptional player, a remarkable teammate, and an extraordinary person. His loss will be deeply felt by my mother, sister, his grandchildren, and all of us.”

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GoalDigger June 14, 2023 - 1:47 pm

So many achievements… Chelsea legend indeed! His legacy will live on. Rest in peace Hollins.

Chelsea4Ever June 14, 2023 - 4:02 pm

Cant believe it… Hollins was one of the greats. Chelsea wont be the same without him 🙁

OldSchoolBlues June 14, 2023 - 4:43 pm

I remember watching him play at the Bridge, what a player he was. Condolences to his family. R.I.P. John.

HistoryOfFootball June 14, 2023 - 8:18 pm

Hollins embodied the spirit of Chelsea. A great player and an even better person. We lost a real one today.

PremierLeagueLover June 15, 2023 - 12:31 am

76 years young… too soon. Thanks for everything, John. Football world is in mourning today.

ProudBluesFan June 15, 2023 - 10:17 am

sad news to wake up to.. RIP to a true Chelsea legend. Thanks for the memories Hollins.

FootballFan101 June 15, 2023 - 10:46 am

Ah man… John Hollins, a true blue legend. Rest in peace, sir. u will be missed 🙁


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