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Peter Houseman


Fulham Broadway

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Top Chelsea winger  -killed 39 years ago today with his wife and friends.

 

Bit from Wikipaedia

He didn't miss a match during the 1969–70 season. His most significant contribution to Chelsea came in their FA Cup success in 1970, with Houseman scoring a total of 6 goals in that season's competition. His first 2 goals came when Chelsea faced Burnley in the fourth round; after a draw a Stamford Bridge, the side travelled to Burnley's home ground, Turf Moor, for the replay and, with eighteen minutes left, were trailing 1–0. Houseman picked up the ball in his own half and dribbled through the Burnley midfield, riding several challenges. He reached the opposition penalty area and smashed a shot into the top corner to equalise. In extra time, Houseman provided the cross for Tommy Baldwin to put Chelsea ahead, and then completed the comeback by scoring the third.

He scored again in the 4–1 away win at Crystal Palace in the fifth round, and then in the semi-final against Watford, with the Second Division side holding Chelsea at 1–1, Houseman again played a key part, crossing for Osgood to give Chelsea a 2–1 lead and then adding two more himself in an eventual 5–1 win. Chelsea faced Leeds United in the final, and it was Houseman who scored Chelsea's first equaliser just before half time, his low shot from 25 yards benefiting from the poor pitch to elude Leeds goalkeeper Gary Sprake, though he spent much of the game trying to cover the team's over-stretched defence. The match ended 2–2 and Chelsea won the replay at Old Trafford to take the cup.

 

RIP

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Remember that Wembley goal like it was yesterday.

A few seasons later the club put on a testimonial for his family which I went to. I'll have a look for the program at the weekend. If it contains anything that can be added to what has been said above I'll scan and post it.

R.I.P. Peter.

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26 minutes ago, OhForAGreavsie said:

Remember that Wembley goal like it was yesterday.

A few seasons later the club put on a testimonial for his family which I went to. I'll have a look for the program at the weekend. If it contains anything that can be added to what has been said above I'll scan and post it.

R.I.P. Peter.

Nice one OFG. Still have programmes where he was a regular No 11 on the back. The days when there were no substitutes -just one 'reserve'. When men were men, jumpers for goalposts etc :D

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