Stamford Chidge & Martin King interview Tommy Baldwin, one of the beloved gamers of the notorious ‘Kings of the Kings Street’ Chelsea aspect of the late 1960’s & early 1970’s. Tommy discusses his love of Chelsea and recollects the highs and lows of a profession which included defeat to Spurs within the 1967 FA Cup remaining and the triumphs of the 1970 FA Cup Closing & 1971 European Cup Winners Cup remaining plus his relationship on and off the pitch with the likes of Peter Osgood and the followers who sang his title week in week out…‘His title is Tommy Baldwin, he’s the chief of the crew…

Tommy Baldwin was born in Gateshead and performed for Wrekenton Juniors earlier than becoming a member of Arsenal in 1962. In 1966, he was transferred to Chelsea in part-exchange for George Graham. Taking part in in an attacking position, he scored 17 targets in his first season, together with one on his debut in opposition to Manchester City, and performed within the 1967 FA Cup Closing as Chelsea misplaced 2–1 to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Three years later Chelsea returned to Wembley for an additional FA Cup remaining, this time in opposition to Leeds United, and Baldwin performed a giant half in making certain Chelsea lifted the trophy after an epic replay at Previous Trafford. He additionally featured in each video games as Chelsea beat Spanish giants Actual Madrid to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971, additionally in a replay.

Tommy’s time at Chelsea coincided with the rise of the ‘Kings of the Kings Street’ crew with he, Peter ‘Ossie’ Osgood and Charlie Cooke on the forefront each on and off the pitch. They’d aptitude and entertained on the pitch and did likewise off it; ingesting within the Kings Street with actors and actresses each night time, they have been an actual showbiz crew.

Tommy Baldwin was given the nickname ‘Sponge’ inside the crew. Most of the media thought that the nickname was in reference to his continuous operating. The actual purpose behind the nickname nevertheless, was his capability to soak up alcohol!

Accidents, lack of kind and disagreements with manager Dave Sexton over his post-match way of life mixed to scale back his alternatives to play, and he was loaned out to Man Utd in 1974 having made 239 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 92 targets.

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Such is the esteem during which Baldwin is held by Chelsea supporters, a terrace chant created in his honour a few years in the past continues to be sung frequently to at the present time. ‘His title is Tommy Baldwin, he’s the chief of the crew…only a few who noticed him play would argue with that and everyone knows what would occur for those who did!

Chelsea:   1966-1967     Performed   32     Scored   16   targets
     1967-1968     Performed   39     Scored   15   targets
     1968-1969     Performed   25     Scored   16   targets
     1969-1970     Performed   19     Scored   5   targets
     1970-1971     Performed   18     Scored   2   targets
     1971-1972     Performed   20     Scored   10   targets
     1972-1973     Performed   11     Scored   1   targets
     1973-1974     Performed   19     Scored   9   targets
     1974-1975     Performed   4     Scored   0   targets

Chelsea Profession Abstract

Debut: Saturday, 1st October 1966, Manchester City 1 – 4 Chelsea

Age on debut: 21 years 3 months 21 days

one hundredth Look: Saturday, twelfth October 1968, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 1 Chelsea

two hundredth Look: Saturday, 4th November 1972, Liverpool 3 – 1 Chelsea

Final Look: Saturday, ninth November 1974, Chelsea 0 – 0 Leicester City

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