Roy Bentley

Roy Bentley

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Roy Bentley

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Roy Thomas Frank Bentley (born 17 May 1924) is a retired English football player who played most notably for Chelsea and the England national side. He later became a manager. Bentley was, for a time, one of England's top centre forwards.

Club career

Early years

Bentley served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and afterwards briefly played for both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers before signing for Newcastle United in 1946. He was with the club for less than two years, but formed a key part of one of the most impressive forward lines of the era, alongside Jackie Milburn, Len Shackleton and Charlie Wayman. He reached an FA Cup semi-final with the club in the 1946–47 season, but they were beaten 4-0 by eventual winners Charlton Athletic.

Chelsea

In January 1948, Bentley signed for London side Chelsea for £12,500, partially because he had been advised by his doctor that a move south would be a remedy for the lung problems he occasionally suffered from. He arrived at Chelsea as a replacement for Tommy Lawton - who, coincidentally, also moved to Chelsea in search of a cure for lung trouble - and was initially compared unfavourably with his predecessor. His Chelsea career took off slowly as he struggled to adapt to an unfamiliar style of play. They lost 2-4 at home to Huddersfield Town on his debut and he scored just three goals in his first four months with the club.

From there, however, Bentley's fortunes changed. He was an early exponent of...
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