Stan Willemse

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Stan Willemse
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Stan Willemse, May 1955
Personal information
Full name Stanley Bernard Willemse
Date of birth (1924-08-23)23 August 1924
Place of birth Brighton, England
Date of death 5 August 2011(2011-08-05) (aged 86)
Place of death Brighton, England
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1949 Brighton & Hove Albion 91 (3)
1949–1956 Chelsea 198 (2)
1956–1958 Leyton Orient 59 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stanley Bernard "Stan" Willemse (23 August 1924 – 5 August 2011)[1] was an English footballer who played as a left-back in the Football League for Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea and Leyton Orient.[2]

Born in Brighton,[1] Willemse served in the Royal Marines during the Second World War,[3] and began his football career with Brighton & Hove Albion before signing for Londoners Chelsea in 1949 for £6,000, a sum which helped fund rebuilding work at Brighton's Goldstone Ground.[4] He earned a reputation as a hard-tackling defender whilst with the club, and formed the backbone of the team which won the League Championship in 1954–55, alongside the likes of Roy Bentley, Ken Armstrong, Eric Parsons and Derek Saunders, playing 39 games that season.[3]

Willemse also featured in the representative London XI side which reached the final of the 1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.[5] He only remained at Chelsea for one more season after that, and signed for Leyton Orient in 1956.[3]

When Chelsea won the title again in the 2004–05 season, Willemse and fellow 1955 title-winner Roy Bentley carried out the trophy at Stamford Bridge for it to be presented to captain John Terry.[6] As of 2005, he was living in Brighton.[3]

Willemse died in Brighton on 5 August 2011 at the age of 86.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stan Willemse". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "STAN WILLEMSE 1924-2011". Chelsea F.C. Archived from the original on 24 November 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Henderson, Charlie (30 April 2005). "Champions of a different era". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Jamie (30 April 2005). "Chelsea's Class Of 1955". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Ponting, Ivan (27 August 2011). "Stan Willemse: Formidable defender who helped Chelsea to their first League title in 1954/55". The Independent. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Match Reports 07 May 2005, Chelsea 1 – Charlton". Chelsea F.C. Retrieved 19 April 2014.