Frank Blunstone

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Frank Blunstone
Personal information
Date of birth (1934-10-17) 17 October 1934 (age 80)
Place of birth Crewe, England
Playing position Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1953 Crewe Alexandra 48 (12)
1953–1964 Chelsea 317 (47)
National team
1954–1956 England U23 5 (3)
1954–1956 England 5 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1973 Brentford
1979–1980 Ethnikos
1980 Aris
1984 Brentford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Frank Blunstone (born 17 October 1934 in Crewe[1]) is an English former international footballer who played for Crewe Alexandra and Chelsea as an outside left.[2]

After surprisingly rejecting Wolverhampton Wanderers in favour of his home-town club, he signed professional terms with Crewe in early 1952. Following a string of impressive performances in Division Three North, he was signed by Chelsea manager Ted Drake for £7,500 a year later while still doing national service.[2]

He made his Chelsea debut in a 3–2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, at White Hart Lane in February 1953, scoring the decisive third goal. His early years at the club saw little success for the team, but in 1954–55 Chelsea became First Division champions, with Blunstone an important part of the side, though he continued to juggle appearances for Chelsea with his national service.

Between 1954 and 1956, Blunstone was capped on five occasions by England under-23's, scoring three goals,[3] and also won five caps for the senior England team. He made his debut against Wales, creating two goals for team-mate Roy Bentley in a 3–2 win. He also played in England's famous 7–2 win over Scotland at Wembley.[4]

He retired from football in 1964 aged only 30, having made 347 appearances for Chelsea and scored 54 goals, and immediately joined the Chelsea coaching staff. He was later appointed Brentford manager in 1969 and led the team to the 5th round of the FA Cup in 1971 and promotion to the Third Division a year later. In 1973, after a disagreement with the Brentford chairman, he joined Manchester United which reunited him with his old boss at Chelsea, Tommy Docherty. Blunstone officially became assistant manager at United in 1976 after the departure of Paddy Crerand, but he had been that in all but name since his arrival at Manchester United. Blunstone was also heavily involved in the reserve team at United, working alongside reserve team managers, Bill Foulkes from 1973 to 1974, and then alongside Foulkes' successor, Jack Crompton, from 1974 to 1977. Blunstone later had brief spells as assistant manager of Derby County and manager of Greek clubs Ethnikos and Aris.[2]

As of 2005, he was living in Weston, near Crewe.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  2. ^ a b c Profile at englandfc.com
  3. ^ "England – U-23 International Results – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Frank Blunstone – Player Profile". football-england.com. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Paul Newham (13 July 2005). "Alex legend aids athlete's mission". Crewe Alex news. Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paddy Crerand
Manchester United F.C. assistant manager
1976–1977
Succeeded by
Tommy Cavanagh