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Former Chelsea captain, leader, Cup-winner Terry Venables has passed away


Soccer - Football League Division One - Chelsea Photocall Photo by PA Images via Getty Images

A legendary figure of English football, Terry Venables passed away over the weekend at the age of 80. The former Chelsea player, and later England manager, had been battling a long illness. Tributes have been made from all across the football world, remembering “El Tel” for his charisma, his innovation, his leadership, and of course his successes on and off the pitch, in England and in Europe. (And also for making a young Graham cry once.)

Venables joined Chelsea as a teenager and would go on to make over 200 appearances in the 1960s, as one of the key members of Docherty’s Diamonds who won the 1965 League Cup, among other accolades.

Rest in peace, Terry.

(We can only hope our current crop of diamonds shine up to be anywhere near the same legendary level as the likes of Bonetti and Tambling and Bridges and Chopper and Osgood and Venables and the rest.)

1965 League Cup Final second leg
Venables, McCreadie, Mortimer, Hinton, Hollins with the 1965 League Cup trophy
Photo by Bill Ellmann/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

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