Cheung Chi Doy

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Cheung Chi Doy
Personal information
Full name Cheung Chi Doy
Date of birth (1941-07-30) July 30, 1941 (age 75)
Place of birth Hong Kong, British Empire
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1960 Tung Wah 24 (13)
1960–1962 Blackpool 3** (1)
1962 Yuen Long 6 (6)
1962–1963 Kwong Wah 17 (9)
1963–1964 Kitchee 25 (54)
1964–1968 Singtao 102 (58)
1968 Vancouver Royals 11 (2)
1968 St. Louis Stars 8 (0)
1968–1971 F.C. Jardine 62 (30)
1971–1972 Fire Services 20 (8)
1972–1978 Happy Valley 143 (51)
National team
Republic of China
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of
** includes one game that was abandoned

Cheung Chi Doy (Chinese: 張子岱; Jyutping: zoeng1 zi2 doi6; born July 30, 1941 in Hong Kong) is a Chinese former professional footballer. He played for Blackpool and the Republic of China (now Chinese Taipei). During the era, Republic of China team was represented by players from Hong Kong.

Cheung was one of the first Asian players to play in Europe. He began his career in the Hong Kong First Division at 14 years of age. In 1960, he went to play for English club Blackpool, where he was a teammate of Jimmy Armfield. He became the first ethnic Chinese player to appear in the top flight of English football.[1] He made two appearances for Blackpool's first team and scored one goal,[2] against Sheffield Wednesday on November 25, 1961. In 1968, he and his brother Cheung Chi Wai joined the Vancouver Royals, playing under Bobby Robson in the North American Soccer League. While he began the season in Vancouver, he finished it with the St. Louis Stars. He also played for Tung Wah, Kitchee and Jardine SA in the Hong Kong First Division.

Ever since the end of Cheung's stint at Blackpool in 1962, he remains the first and, thus far, only Hong Kong-born football player to have ever played for a top-flight European club.


  1. ^ Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  2. ^ Blackpool players at Neil Brown's statistical website

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