Bobby Tambling

Bobby Tambling

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Robert Victor 'Bobby' Tambling (born 18 September 1941 in Storrington, Sussex) is a retired English footballer, who played most notably for Chelsea and Crystal Palace in the 1960s and 1970s. He is Chelsea's all-time top scorer, netting 202 goals for them.

Playing career


A prolific goalscoring winger and striker, Tambling was signed by Chelsea as a junior in 1957 and made his debut for the club two years later against West Ham United as a 17-year-old, in which he scored the winning goal in a 3-2 victory. With the departure of the club's principal goalscorer, Jimmy Greaves, for AC Milan in 1961, Tambling got his chance to establish himself in the side. He scored 22 league goals in the following season, and struck up a prolific strike partnership with fellow youth product, Barry Bridges. In spite of this, however, the club were still relegated to the Second Division at the end of the 1961-62 season.

The club's relegation saw the arrival of new manager Tommy Docherty, who made Tambling captain of the side and introduced other talented young players, such as Terry Venables, Peter Bonetti and Eddie McCreadie. Tambling scored 35 league goals - almost half the club's total for that season - as Chelsea returned to the First Division at the first attempt. In doing so, he became the youngest captain to lead a side to promotion. His scoring feats also earned him an England call-up, and he made his debut against Wales on 21 October 1962.Rothmans Football Yearbook...
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