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Former Chelsea youth and reserves coach Dermot Drummy passes away aged just 56

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Everyone at WAGNH is shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Dermot Drummy, whose Chelsea youth and reserves teams brought us great joy, hope, and merriment for over half a decade, from 2009 to 2014.

The tragic news was confirmed on Twitter by his son, Joe.

Dermot Drummy was just 56 years old. Gone far too soon.

“There are no words to convey the sense of shock and loss we all feel at this news. Dermot was a good friend to many of us here at the Academy, including myself. His love and passion for football were infectious, and we will all miss him greatly.”

-Neil Bath; source: Chelsea FC

During his time at Chelsea, Drummy played a key role in establishing Chelsea as one of the very best Academies in the country, if not Europe, winning the club’s first FA Youth Cup title for 49 years in 2010 and starting the period of dominance that the U18s have enjoyed on the pitch with five additional FA Youth Cup trophies to our name since. Drummy also led the Chelsea U19s to the final of the NextGen Series (the precursor to the UEFA Youth League) and won an U21 Premier League title in 2014 before moving to a non-coaching role at the club. More recently, Drummy had been head coach at League Two Crawley Town, leaving his post back in May.

Above all, he was a great person, as the tributes that continue to pour in attest to.

Here’s an absolute great interview he did just a few months ago, talking in great detail about youth coaching and Arsenal and Chelsea.

RIP, Dermot Drummy.