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Chelsea FC Profile: Len Dolding

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Full Name: Desmond Leonard Dolding

Born: Wednesday, 13th December 1922
Place of birth: Nundygroog, India
Height: 5' 9"
Died: Tuesday, 23rd November 1954 (aged 31)
Burial: Buried - Pinner Cemetery, Pinner, London Borough of Harrow, Greater London, England - Plot H3/133

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1945 to 1948

Dolding served as a bomb-aimer in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was on the MCC staff for seven years. His main claim to fame on the cricket pitch was as a 12th Man for England in the Lord's Test of 1949. He played only once for Middlesex, in 1951, but as a right-arm leg-break bowler took part in many games for MCC. On 12 November 1954, Dolding was a passenger in a car that collided with a trolley bus standard in Wembley. The car was being driven by Middlesex teammate Sid Brown. Dolding died on 23 November 1954.

Playing Career:

Chelsea (Jul 1945 to Jul 1948) - cost: unknown
Norwich City

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Tuesday, 12th February 1946, Aston Villa 1 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 23 years 1 months 30 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 27th September 1947, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 0 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1945 / 46 010001
1946 / 47 17000017
1947 / 48 900009


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1946 / 47 100001
1947 / 48 100001

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Len Dolding made 27 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
F.A. Cup12th Feb 1946Aston Villa10Chelsea55,000 match lost
League7th Sep 1946Liverpool74Chelsea49,995 match lost
League9th Sep 1946Sheffield United22Chelsea41,545 match drawn scored 1 goal
League14th Sep 1946Chelsea30Leeds United56,484 match won
League18th Sep 1946Manchester United11Chelsea30,275 match drawn
League21st Sep 1946Grimsby Town21Chelsea21,932 match lost
League28th Sep 1946Chelsea22Charlton Athletic63,859 match drawn
League5th Oct 1946Middlesbrough32Chelsea44,082 match lost
League12th Oct 1946Chelsea25Stoke City67,935 match lost
League19th Oct 1946Portsmouth02Chelsea36,474 match won
League26th Oct 1946Chelsea21Arsenal56,432 match won
League26th Dec 1946Preston North End11Chelsea40,167 match drawn
League28th Dec 1946Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea36,048 match drawn
League18th Jan 1947Leeds United21Chelsea37,884 match lost
League15th Mar 1947Brentford02Chelsea33,244 match won
League22nd Mar 1947Chelsea21Sunderland45,415 match won
League29th Mar 1947Aston Villa20Chelsea35,786 match lost
League4th Apr 1947Chelsea02Blackburn Rovers37,840 match lost
League23rd Aug 1947Blackpool30Chelsea27,389 match lost
League27th Aug 1947Chelsea10Blackburn Rovers36,375 match won
League30th Aug 1947Chelsea10Derby County59,919 match won
League6th Sep 1947Huddersfield Town31Chelsea24,837 match lost
League10th Sep 1947Chelsea11Sunderland30,085 match drawn scored 1 goal
League13th Sep 1947Chelsea11Bolton Wanderers41,242 match drawn
League17th Sep 1947Sunderland23Chelsea31,444 match won
League20th Sep 1947Chelsea31Everton42,955 match won
League27th Sep 1947Wolverhampton Wanderers10Chelsea51,365 match lost

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Link to the CGS Ancestry profile for Desmond Leonard Dolding View CGS profile for Desmond Leonard Dolding on Ancestry
Link to the findagrave profile for Desmond Leonard Dolding View CGS profile for Desmond Leonard Dolding on Find-A-Grave
Link to the CGS Zeemaps location for Desmond Leonard Dolding View location on Zeemaps for Desmond Leonard Dolding

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Chelsea FC Player Len Dolding

Games Won: 9
Win Percentage: 33.33%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 27 appearances, Len Dolding played alongside the following 27 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Jimmy Argue (1)
Ken Armstrong (9)
Sidney Bathgate (11)
Jimmy Bowie (3)
Murdoch Dickie (1)
Dickie Foss (9)
John Galloway (1)
Ray Goddard (6)
Len Goulden (20)
John Harris (27)
Tommy Lawton (22)
Fred Lewis (6)
James Macaulay (10)
Alex Machin (21)
John McInnes (3)
Harry Medhurst (7)
Johnny Paton (6)
Joe Payne (1)
Bill Robertson (20)
Robert Russell (2)
Dick Spence (16)
Willi Steffen (4)
Albert Tennant (1)
Tommy Walker (25)
Alex White (7)
Reg Williams (6)
Danny Winter (25)