Where Are They Now? Barry Bridges

A schools’ sprint champion who was the complete striker and a key player for the club during the Docherty era.

Dropped to allow a young Peter Osgood to play regularly but was reinstated following a fans’ petition.

His Stamford Bridge career came to end a year later however when he was sent home from the airport prior to the first leg of a Fairs Cup tie with Barcelona.

After hanging up his boots, Barry ran a hotel on the Sussex coast before taking over the running of his grandfather’s farm and starting a milk round in his native Norfolk.

He sold both businesses to buy a paper shop in West Earlham. Now semi retired, living in Taverham providing respite care for children with special needs.

Appearances: 205 Goals: 93 (1958-1966)

Career: Chelsea, Birmingham, Queens Park Rangers, Millwall, Brighton (1958-1973).

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