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Chelsea FC Profile: Derek Gibbs

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Full Name: Derek William Gibbs

Born: Saturday, 22nd December 1934
Place of birth: Fulham, London, England
Height: 5' 10"
Died: Thursday, 19th November 2009 (aged 74)
Burial: Buried - Porthcawl Cemetery, Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales - Plot J61

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1955 to 1960

Born in Fulham, Derek started his career with South Ruislip and then Ruislip Manor before being spotted by Chelsea. He was then a centre-half and aged 15 when asked to visit Stamford Bridge for a trial. He only just made it. An accident at work crushed a foot and at first it was thought he would never play again. At Chelsea, he was switched to wing-half and then to inside-forward after scoring nine goals in two reserve games when tried at inside-right in an emergency.

Playing Career:

Chelsea (Apr 1955 to Nov 1960) - From Chelsea Juniors
Leyton Orient
Queens Park Rangers

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Tuesday, 1st January 1957, Manchester United 3 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 22 years 0 months 10 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 29th October 1960, Preston North End 0 - 2 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1956 / 57 400004
1957 / 58 400004
1958 / 59 8200010
1959 / 60 400004
1960 / 61 300003


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1956 / 57 100001
1957 / 58 100001
1958 / 59 110002
1959 / 60 100001
1960 / 61 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. Derek Gibbs made 25 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League1st Jan 1957Manchester United30Chelsea42,116 match lost
League9th Mar 1957Chelsea42Manchester City35,664 match won scored 1 goal
League16th Mar 1957Charlton Athletic31Chelsea20,701 match lost
League23rd Mar 1957Chelsea02Sunderland36,160 match lost
League5th Apr 1958Luton Town02Chelsea15,285 match won
League7th Apr 1958Nottingham Forest11Chelsea25,130 match drawn scored 1 goal
League12th Apr 1958Chelsea22Bolton Wanderers27,994 match drawn
League19th Apr 1958Leeds United00Chelsea20,515 match drawn
League29th Nov 1958Everton31Chelsea30,638 match lost
League6th Dec 1958Chelsea10Birmingham City27,773 match won
League13th Dec 1958West Bromwich Albion40Chelsea19,557 match lost
League25th Dec 1958Blackburn Rovers03Chelsea32,149 match won
League27th Dec 1958Chelsea02Blackburn Rovers46,312 match lost
League3rd Jan 1959Wolverhampton Wanderers12Chelsea36,093 match won scored 1 goal
League17th Jan 1959Chelsea22Portsmouth24,356 match drawn
F.A. Cup19th Jan 1959Newcastle United14Chelsea57,038 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup24th Jan 1959Chelsea12Aston Villa55,994 match lost
League31st Jan 1959Aston Villa31Chelsea33,360 match lost
League14th Nov 1959Manchester City11Chelsea24,364 match drawn
League21st Nov 1959Chelsea13Arsenal52,748 match lost scored 1 goal
League27th Feb 1960Sheffield Wednesday11Chelsea41,403 match drawn
League18th Apr 1960Tottenham Hotspur01Chelsea37,205 match won
League20th Aug 1960Aston Villa32Chelsea43,776 match lost scored 1 goal
League19th Sep 1960Blackburn Rovers31Chelsea21,508 match lost
League29th Oct 1960Preston North End02Chelsea14,174 match won

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Link to the CGS Ancestry profile for Derek William Gibbs View CGS profile for Derek William Gibbs on Ancestry
Link to the findagrave profile for Derek William Gibbs View CGS profile for Derek William Gibbs on Find-A-Grave
Link to the CGS Zeemaps location for Derek William Gibbs View location on Zeemaps for Derek William Gibbs

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Chelsea FC Player Derek Gibbs

Games Won: 8
Win Percentage: 32%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 25 appearances, Derek Gibbs played alongside the following 40 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Les Allen (4)
Sylvan Anderton (4)
Ken Armstrong (3)
Wally Bellett (7)
Paul Berry (2)
Micky Block (3)
Frank Blunstone (14)
Peter Bonetti (4)
Peter Brabrook (23)
Terry Bradbury (2)
Johnny Brooks (4)
Len Casey (3)
David Cliss (1)
John Compton (4)
Peter Corthine (1)
Stan Crowther (10)
Alan Dicks (1)
Bobby Evans (3)
Jimmy Greaves (19)
Allan Harris (1)
Cliff Huxford (4)
Bobby Laverick (3)
Charlie Livesey (2)
Bill Livingstone (2)
Ian MacFarlane (2)
Reg Matthews (20)
John McNichol (3)
John Mortimore (16)
Tony Nicholas (1)
Bill Robertson (1)
Derek Saunders (8)
Mel Scott (12)
Ken Shellito (2)
John Sillett (12)
Peter Sillett (22)
Les Stubbs (4)
Bobby Tambling (1)
Ron Tindall (15)
Terry Venables (3)
Dick Whittaker (4)