Tennant Albert Image 1 Chelsea 1948

Tennant Albert Image 1 Chelsea 1948


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Born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire in October 1917, full back Albert Tennant signed for Chelsea just after his 17th birthday in November 1934 having played junior football for Ilkeston’s famous Stanton Ironworks in 1933. However he didn’t make a single first team appearance before the Second World War (although probably a stalwart of the reserve team), and his senior debut for Chelsea’s first eleven came a remarkable 11 years after he had joined them in an FA Cup tie against Leicester City in January 1946. He played 6 FA Cup ties during Chelsea’s FA Cup run which saw them knocked out by Aston Villa the following month (all ties were over 2 legs in the competition), and he made his Football League debut the following season in a 4-1 home defeat to Sheffield United in May 1947. He had a further League appearance 2 years later at Wolves in an end of season 1-1 draw, a match that proved to be his final appearance for the Pensioners in one of the more strange careers among those to have worn the shirt!

NB He is being leap-frogged by Dick Foss in the photograph.

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