Stamford Chidge & Martin King interview Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris, a Chelsea legend notorious for his exhausting tackling and Chelsea’s Captain within the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and most profitable captain for practically 30 years.

795 appearances and a profession going from the 1960’s Docherty’s Diamonds to the gloom of 1980. There can’t be any higher servants of Chelsea than Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris. Chelsea’s first FA Cup & European Cup Winners’ Cup successful Captain, ‘Chopper’s’ 18 12 months Chelsea profession as an uncompromising, gifted defender was infamous for getting his “late tackles in early”.

Martin King & Stamford Chidge talked to Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris concerning the Cup wins, enjoying with Peter Osgood and in opposition to George Greatest, ‘Soiled’ Leeds and his love affair with Chelsea and the followers that has lasted nicely over 50 years.

An FA Youth Cup winner in 1961 Chopper made his senior debut in February 1962 in a 1–0 win in opposition to Sheffield Wednesday. By 1963, he had established himself as an everyday within the aspect, a place he would maintain for the following eighteen years. Throughout that point, Harris solidified his status as an uncompromising – but gifted – defender with a collection of sturdy (and typically infamous) performances.

His first honours with Chelsea got here with a League Cup win over Leicester City in 1965. He grew to become club captain the next 12 months when Terry Venables left for Tottenham Hotspur and have become the youngest ever captain to steer out a aspect within the 1967 FA Cup Remaining, though Chelsea misplaced 2–1 to Tottenham.

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He acquired his glory three years later main Chelsea to their first FA Cup in 1970 in opposition to Chelsea’s arch rivals Leeds United. In the course of the replay at Outdated Trafford Chopper acquired his ‘late tackles in early’ significantly on Leeds’ playmaker Eddie Grey after simply eight minutes leaving Grey a digital passenger for the remainder of the match: Chelsea famously successful 2–1 after extra-time.

1971 noticed Harris raise Chelsea’s first main European trophy – the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup – in one other replayed ultimate in opposition to Actual Madrid in Athens.

As Chelsea’s well-known Kings of the Kings Highway aspect was damaged up amid player and manager bust ups and monetary meltdown because of the proposed Stamford Bridge redevelopment Harris remained ever-present within the aspect all through a decade which noticed them relegated twice and promoted as soon as.

Over an 18 12 months interval Chopper was not often out of the primary crew. In 10 seasons he averaged 41 league video games out of 42 and in 5 different seasons he averaged over 37 video games. He lastly left Chelsea in 1980 having performed a report 795 video games, a report unlikely to ever be surpassed and he remained the Membership’s most profitable Captain till Dennis Smart within the 1990’s.

Ron Harris Chelsea Statistics

Appearances 795
Video games Received 332
Win Share 41.76%
Objectives Scored 14
Penalties Scored 0
Matches as Captain 338
Matches Began 784
Substitute Appearances 11
Substituted 8
Bookings 40
Sendings Off 1
Straight Purple Playing cards 1

Enjoying honours

  • European Cup Winners’ Cup – Winners: 1970–71
  • FA Cup – Winners: 1969–70; Runner-up: 1966–67
  • Soccer League Cup – Winners: 1964–65; Runner-up: 1971–72
  • FA Charity Defend – Runner-up 1970
  • Soccer League Second Division – Runner-up: 1962–63, 1976–77
  • FA Youth Cup – Winners: 1960–61

Particular person honours

Season Division FA Cup League Cup Europe Whole
Div App Objective App Objective App Objective App Objective App Objective
1961–62 1st 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1962–63 2nd 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1963–64 1st 41 2 3 0 1 0 45 2
1964–65 42 2 5 0 6 0 53 2
1965–66 36 2 6 0 0 0 10 0 52 2
1966–67 42 0 7 0 3 0 52 0
1967–68 40 0 5 0 1 0 46 0
1968–69 40 0 5 0 3 0 4 0 52 0
1969–70 30 0 8 0 3 0 41 0
1970–71 38 1 3 0 4 0 9 0 55 1
1971–72 41 0 3 0 9 0 4 1 57 1
1972–73 42 1 3 0 7 0 52 1
1973–74 36 2 2 0 1 0 39 2
1974–75 42 0 2 0 4 0 48 0
1975–76 2nd 40 0 4 0 1 0 45 0
1976–77 19 0 2 0 1 0 22 0
1977–78 1st 37 1 4 0 1 0 42 1
1978–79 40 0 1 0 1 0 42 0
1979–80 2nd 39 2 1 0 2 0 42 2
Whole 655 13 64 0 48 0 27 1 795 14

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