Chelsea legend Derek Saunders dies at the age of 90

Chelsea legend Derek Saunders dies at the age of 90

- Ex Chelsea player Derek Saunders has died at the age of 90

- Saunders who was a member of the Blues 1955 Championship winning team died on March 3

- His former club Chelsea took to social media to announce his demise and expressed condolences

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Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea have been hit with a blow following the demise of their former player Derek Saunders.

Saunders was a member of Chelsea's 1954-55 Championship-winning team as he was one of only two players to play in every game that season.

His position as a defender meant that he rarely scored goals, but he scored a crucial one against West Bromwich Albion to put Chelsea 3-2 ahead after they had trailed 0-2; they eventually won 4-2.

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Chelsea have however sent their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased who was their ex player.

Derek Saunders joined Chelsea in June 1953 and immediately turned professional making his club debut against Sheffield United in September that year.

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His first goal for the Blues came in the March in a 5-0 hammering of West Bromwich Albion, the same side he scored his one goal against in the championship season that followed.

After hanging up his boots, Saunders coached Chelsea’s reserves for a period before becoming a coach and groundsman at Westminster School.

He later worked at Hampstead Cricket Club in north London before retiring to the Essex coast.

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