To continue our celebration this weekend of Roy Bentley’s 90th birthday, the official Chelsea website today carries some video clips of the great centre-forward in action.
We wished Bentley many happy returns yesterday (Saturday) by asking some of those who saw him in action for Chelsea and England what made him one of the club’s legends. Today we feature Roy playing in a small selection from his 367 games for Chelsea and 12 appearances for the national side.
The famous news service British Pathé have recently made their extensive archive of news reports from the 20th Century available via YouTube, and Chelsea and our first league championship-winning captain feature.
The FA Cup eluded the club until 1970 but Bentley and his team-mates in the early 1950s came closer than many Chelsea teams prior to then with two runs to the semi-final in three seasons, both ended by Arsenal after replays at White Hart Lane.
The video below shows a sixth-round tie against Manchester United in front of a huge Stamford Bridge crowd, with Bentley on-target in a win and an inaccurate prediction at the end by the reporter.
It proved inaccurate because Chelsea were knocked out in heart-breaking fashion in a famous all-London semi- final, despite two Bentley goals. The news report of that match is below.
In 1952 it needed three games to get past Leeds and into the quarter-final. The middle game, the first replay, is shown below.
Chelsea eventually knocked out the West Yorkshire side with a big 5-1 win in the second replay held at neutral Villa Park, Bentley among the goals.
That brought another game against Yorkshire opposition in the quarter-final, with Bentley scoring the only goal against Sheffield United.
The clip below is from Bentley’s England career, and one of his goals as Belgium are beaten away exactly 64 years ago today in a warm-up for the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
An England friendly against the same opposition at Wembley showcases well Bentley’s ability as a mobile forward who could do damage from the flanks as well as the down the middle.
And Bentley’s renowned ability in the air is plain to see as he scores twice in a home international versus Wales.
Finally, below is the crowning glory of Bentley’s Chelsea career. He did not score on the day the club won the Football League in 1955 but he was top scorer with 21 goals that season, and the captain can be seen with the rest of the team and manager Ted Drake at the end of the report as they take the applause from the crowd on the Stamford Bridge pitch.