Chelsea is grieving the loss of Tommy Baldwin, a revered figure in the club’s history, who passed away at 78.
Baldwin, who had also played for Arsenal, Manchester United, and Brentford during his career, died after battling a prolonged illness.
The club released a statement expressing their sorrow and offering their condolences to Baldwin’s family and friends.
During his time at Chelsea from 1966 to 1974, Baldwin made a significant impact, scoring 73 goals in 187 appearances.
Known for his sharpshooting abilities and unwavering support for the team, Baldwin was an integral part of the Chelsea squad that clinched the FA Cup in 1970 and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971.
However, his time at the club came to an end in 1974 following a disagreement with then-manager Dave Sexton.
Baldwin subsequently had brief spells at Millwall and Manchester United before delving into non-league football with Gravesend & Northfleet.
Additionally, he also had a stint with the Seattle Sounders in the United States before his passing.
After retiring from playing, he remained involved in football, working as a coach at Brentford and later becoming a familiar face at Stamford Bridge, where he served as a match-day host.
Despite his achievements at Chelsea and elsewhere, Baldwin never received a call-up to the England national team.