Player Profile: Miles Spector
Full Name: Miles David Spector
Born: Saturday, 4th August 1934
Place of Birth: Hendon, England
A Jewish lad from Willesden and a burley centre forward & prolific goal scorer with both head and foot for Hendon, Miles Spector joined Chelsea as an amateur from Hendon in mid 1952 and played 6 times for the first team before ruturning there at the end of 1953.
From "Does your Rabbi Know You're Here?" by Anthony Clavane - "Spector played truant to turn out for Chelsea's reserve team in an Eastern Counties League game against Spurs. He missed a penalty and had a poor first half but, luckily for him, the Blues' manager Ted Drake, arrived at the interval. In the second half, the sixth-former scored a a fine goal. When he was called into the headmaster's study the morning after the game, he feared the worst. Instead of being punished however, he was told he'd been picked to played for Chelsea's first team. He made his debut as an 18 year old school boy, in a 3-2 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. For each of the six times he played, Drake had to telephone the school in advance to get the head's permission. Spector's best preformance was in the FA Cup fourth round win against West Bromwich Albion where he set up 3 of the teams 4 second half goals. When Hendon's club historian wrote a profile of Spector for a magazine, Spector requested that all references to his jewishness be removed."
Chelsea (A) (Jul 1952 to Dec 1953) - cost: unknown
* (A) = Amateur
Debut: Saturday, 7th February 1953, Chelsea 3 - 2 Sunderland AFC
Last Appearance: Saturday, 5th September 1953, Chelsea 1 - 2 Sheffield United
* 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. Miles Spector made 6 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.
|League||7th Feb 1953||Chelsea||3||2||Sunderland AFC||40,720|
|F.A. Cup||9th Feb 1953||West Bromwich Albion||1||1||Chelsea||33,534|
|F.A. Cup||11th Feb 1953||West Bromwich Albion||0||4||Chelsea||27,997|
|F.A. Cup||14th Feb 1953||Chelsea||0||4||Birmingham City||45,872|
|League||21st Feb 1953||Chelsea||0||1||Charlton Athletic||53,176|
|League||5th Sep 1953||Chelsea||1||2||Sheffield United||49,824|
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