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Chelsea FC Profile: Eric Parsons

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Full Name: Eric George Parsons

Nickname(s): The Rabbit

Born: Friday, 9th November 1923
Place of birth: Worthing, West Sussex, England
Height: 5' 7"
Died: Monday, 7th February 2011 (aged 87)
Place of death: Worthing, West Sussex, England
Burial: Cremated - Worthing Crematorium. No known memorial

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1950 to 1956

Parsons joined Chelsea in November 1950 for a then club record fee of £23,000. A pacy winger, Parsons was unfortunate to play in an era of great English wingers, such as Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney, which limited his international opportunities to two "England B" caps. Nevertheless, Parsons formed an important part of Ted Drake's Chelsea side of the early 1950s, as both goalscorer and creator. Despite this, he was occasionally barracked by sections of the Chelsea crowd. He played in every game of Chelsea's Championship-winning side in 1955 and contributed 11 goals, including two in the 3–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday which clinched the title. During the title celebrations and speeches following the win over Wednesday, he finally won over the crowd at Stamford Bridge, who chanted "We want Rabbit."

Playing Career:

West Ham United
Chelsea (Nov 1950 to Nov 1956) - cost: £23,000

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 2nd December 1950, Liverpool 1 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 27 years 0 months 23 days

100th Appearance: Saturday, 2nd October 1954, Chelsea 3 - 3 West Bromwich Albion

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 27th October 1956, Bolton Wanderers 2 - 2 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1950 / 51 500005
1951 / 52 11200013
1952 / 53 33700040
1953 / 54 29100030
1954 / 55 42300045
1955 / 56 33500139
1956 / 57 500005


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1951 / 52 100001
1952 / 53 8300011
1953 / 54 900009
1954 / 55 11100012
1955 / 56 710008
1956 / 57 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. Eric Parsons made 177 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League2nd Dec 1950Liverpool10Chelsea28,717 match lost
League9th Dec 1950Chelsea20Fulham43,835 match won
League23rd Dec 1950Chelsea11Middlesbrough35,313 match drawn
League25th Dec 1950Portsmouth13Chelsea23,645 match won
League26th Dec 1950Chelsea14Portsmouth41,909 match lost
League18th Aug 1951Blackpool12Chelsea31,172 match won
League22nd Aug 1951Chelsea13Arsenal59,143 match lost
League25th Aug 1951Chelsea13Liverpool44,055 match lost
League29th Aug 1951Arsenal21Chelsea48,768 match lost
League1st Sep 1951Portsmouth10Chelsea23,901 match lost
League5th Sep 1951Chelsea01Derby County25,191 match lost
League26th Dec 1951Manchester City31Chelsea49,791 match lost
League5th Jan 1952Fulham12Chelsea43,880 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup12th Jan 1952Chelsea22Chester City42,954 match drawn
League26th Jan 1952Chelsea01Wolverhampton Wanderers40,586 match lost
F.A. Cup2nd Feb 1952Chelsea40Tranmere Rovers59,101 match won
League9th Feb 1952Sunderland41Chelsea37,928 match lost
League1st Mar 1952West Bromwich Albion01Chelsea24,431 match won
League23rd Aug 1952Manchester United20Chelsea43,629 match lost
League27th Aug 1952Chelsea11Derby County34,467 match drawn
League30th Aug 1952Chelsea20Portsmouth53,470 match won scored 1 goal
League3rd Sep 1952Derby County32Chelsea15,227 match lost
League6th Sep 1952Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea29,877 match drawn
League10th Sep 1952Chelsea40Blackpool47,632 match won
League13th Sep 1952Chelsea40Aston Villa56,653 match won
League15th Sep 1952Blackpool31Chelsea28,892 match lost
League20th Sep 1952Sunderland21Chelsea40,388 match lost
League27th Sep 1952Chelsea12Wolverhampton Wanderers63,781 match lost
League11th Oct 1952Chelsea53Preston North End51,426 match won scored 2 goals
League18th Oct 1952Burnley11Chelsea27,692 match drawn
League25th Oct 1952Chelsea21Tottenham Hotspur62,688 match won
League1st Nov 1952Sheffield Wednesday10Chelsea48,186 match lost
League8th Nov 1952Chelsea02Cardiff City52,139 match lost
League15th Nov 1952Newcastle United21Chelsea37,178 match lost scored 1 goal
League22nd Nov 1952Chelsea02West Bromwich Albion33,304 match lost
League13th Dec 1952Manchester City40Chelsea20,733 match lost
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1953Derby County44Chelsea24,867 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup14th Jan 1953Chelsea10Derby County38,115 match won scored 1 goal
League17th Jan 1953Chelsea10Bolton Wanderers36,572 match won scored 1 goal
League24th Jan 1953Aston Villa11Chelsea31,860 match drawn
F.A. Cup31st Jan 1953Chelsea11West Bromwich Albion58,912 match drawn
F.A. Cup4th Feb 1953West Bromwich Albion00Chelsea37,974 match drawn
League7th Feb 1953Chelsea32Sunderland40,720 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup9th Feb 1953West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea33,534 match drawn
F.A. Cup11th Feb 1953West Bromwich Albion04Chelsea27,997 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup14th Feb 1953Chelsea04Birmingham City45,872 match lost
League18th Feb 1953Wolverhampton Wanderers22Chelsea13,957 match drawn
League21st Feb 1953Chelsea01Charlton Athletic53,176 match lost
League28th Feb 1953Preston North End21Chelsea30,501 match lost scored 1 goal
League7th Mar 1953Chelsea02Burnley39,214 match lost
League23rd Mar 1953Chelsea30Liverpool17,337 match won
League28th Mar 1953Cardiff City33Chelsea19,830 match drawn
League3rd Apr 1953Chelsea11Arsenal72,614 match drawn scored 1 goal
League4th Apr 1953Chelsea12Newcastle United40,218 match lost
League11th Apr 1953West Bromwich Albion01Chelsea32,703 match won
League18th Apr 1953Chelsea11Middlesbrough40,042 match drawn
League25th Apr 1953Liverpool20Chelsea47,699 match lost
League29th Apr 1953Chelsea31Manchester City48,594 match won
League19th Sep 1953Chelsea12Aston Villa47,487 match lost
League24th Oct 1953West Bromwich Albion52Chelsea32,254 match lost
League31st Oct 1953Chelsea52Liverpool32,867 match won
League7th Nov 1953Tottenham Hotspur21Chelsea44,795 match lost
League14th Nov 1953Chelsea21Burnley39,731 match won
League21st Nov 1953Bolton Wanderers22Chelsea30,635 match drawn
League28th Nov 1953Chelsea10Preston North End40,922 match won
League5th Dec 1953Newcastle United11Chelsea41,728 match drawn
League12th Dec 1953Chelsea31Manchester United37,153 match won scored 1 goal
League19th Dec 1953Chelsea51Blackpool34,865 match won
League26th Dec 1953Chelsea20Cardiff City61,336 match won
League28th Dec 1953Cardiff City00Chelsea36,958 match drawn
League2nd Jan 1954Charlton Athletic11Chelsea29,017 match drawn
F.A. Cup9th Jan 1954West Bromwich Albion10Chelsea35,294 match lost
League16th Jan 1954Sheffield United13Chelsea22,569 match won scored 1 goal
League23rd Jan 1954Chelsea22Huddersfield Town45,041 match drawn
League6th Feb 1954Aston Villa22Chelsea29,452 match drawn
League13th Feb 1954Chelsea42Wolverhampton Wanderers60,289 match won scored 1 goal
League20th Feb 1954Sunderland12Chelsea45,755 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Feb 1954Chelsea01Sheffield Wednesday54,498 match lost
League6th Mar 1954Middlesbrough33Chelsea27,920 match drawn scored 2 goals
League17th Mar 1954Chelsea50West Bromwich Albion46,089 match won
League20th Mar 1954Liverpool11Chelsea35,947 match drawn scored 1 goal
League27th Mar 1954Chelsea10Tottenham Hotspur49,315 match won
League3rd Apr 1954Burnley12Chelsea20,312 match won
League10th Apr 1954Chelsea20Bolton Wanderers49,433 match won scored 1 goal
League16th Apr 1954Chelsea01Manchester City59,794 match lost
League17th Apr 1954Preston North End10Chelsea27,172 match lost
League19th Apr 1954Manchester City11Chelsea30,620 match drawn
League24th Apr 1954Chelsea12Newcastle United46,991 match lost scored 1 goal
League21st Aug 1954Leicester City11Chelsea38,541 match drawn
League23rd Aug 1954Chelsea10Burnley30,239 match won scored 1 goal
League28th Aug 1954Chelsea32Bolton Wanderers52,756 match won
League31st Aug 1954Burnley11Chelsea52,756 match drawn
League4th Sep 1954Chelsea11Cardiff City42,688 match drawn
League6th Sep 1954Chelsea01Preston North End36,947 match lost
League11th Sep 1954Manchester City11Chelsea36,230 match drawn
League15th Sep 1954Preston North End12Chelsea27,549 match won scored 1 goal
League18th Sep 1954Chelsea02Everton59,199 match lost
League20th Sep 1954Sheffield United12Chelsea14,137 match won
League25th Sep 1954Newcastle United13Chelsea45,659 match won
League2nd Oct 1954Chelsea33West Bromwich Albion67,440 match drawn scored 1 goal
League9th Oct 1954Huddersfield Town10Chelsea29,556 match lost
League16th Oct 1954Chelsea56Manchester United55,966 match lost
League23rd Oct 1954Blackpool10Chelsea19,694 match lost booked
League30th Oct 1954Chelsea12Charlton Athletic54,113 match lost scored 1 goal
League6th Nov 1954Sunderland33Chelsea42,416 match drawn
League13th Nov 1954Chelsea21Tottenham Hotspur52,960 match won
League20th Nov 1954Sheffield Wednesday11Chelsea25,913 match drawn
League27th Nov 1954Chelsea41Portsmouth40,358 match won
League4th Dec 1954Wolverhampton Wanderers34Chelsea32,095 match won
League11th Dec 1954Chelsea40Aston Villa36,162 match won scored 1 goal
League18th Dec 1954Chelsea31Leicester City33,215 match won scored 1 goal
League25th Dec 1954Arsenal10Chelsea47,178 match lost
League27th Dec 1954Chelsea11Arsenal65,922 match drawn
League1st Jan 1955Bolton Wanderers25Chelsea30,988 match won
F.A. Cup8th Jan 1955Chelsea20Walsall40,020 match won
League22nd Jan 1955Chelsea02Manchester City34,160 match lost
F.A. Cup29th Jan 1955Bristol Rovers13Chelsea35,952 match won scored 1 goal
League5th Feb 1955Everton11Chelsea50,658 match drawn
League12th Feb 1955Chelsea43Newcastle United50,667 match won
F.A. Cup19th Feb 1955Notts County10Chelsea41,930 match lost
League26th Feb 1955Chelsea41Huddersfield Town35,786 match won scored 1 goal
League5th Mar 1955Aston Villa32Chelsea24,822 match lost scored 1 goal
League9th Mar 1955West Bromwich Albion24Chelsea7,764 match won
League12th Mar 1955Chelsea00Blackpool55,227 match drawn
League19th Mar 1955Charlton Athletic02Chelsea41,415 match won
League23rd Mar 1955Cardiff City01Chelsea16,649 match won
League29th Mar 1955Chelsea21Sunderland33,203 match won
League2nd Apr 1955Tottenham Hotspur24Chelsea53,159 match won
League8th Apr 1955Chelsea11Sheffield United50,978 match drawn scored 1 goal
League9th Apr 1955Chelsea10Wolverhampton Wanderers75,043 match won
League16th Apr 1955Portsmouth00Chelsea40,230 match drawn
League23rd Apr 1955Chelsea30Sheffield Wednesday51,421 match won scored 2 goals
League30th Apr 1955Manchester United21Chelsea34,933 match lost
League20th Aug 1955Chelsea02Bolton Wanderers44,454 match lost
League24th Aug 1955Huddersfield Town13Chelsea28,308 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Aug 1955Arsenal11Chelsea56,034 match drawn
League29th Aug 1955Chelsea00Huddersfield Town25,883 match drawn
League3rd Sep 1955Chelsea15Portsmouth48,273 match lost
League10th Sep 1955Sunderland43Chelsea45,241 match lost
F.A. Charity Shield14th Sep 1955Chelsea30Newcastle United12,802 match won
League17th Sep 1955Chelsea00Aston Villa35,221 match drawn
League24th Sep 1955Wolverhampton Wanderers21Chelsea43,017 match lost scored 1 goal
League1st Oct 1955Chelsea21Manchester City44,583 match won
League8th Oct 1955Charlton Athletic12Chelsea40,949 match won
League15th Oct 1955Chelsea20Tottenham Hotspur48,195 match won
League22nd Oct 1955Preston North End23Chelsea17,799 match won scored 1 goal
League29th Oct 1955Chelsea00Burnley39,069 match drawn
League5th Nov 1955Birmingham City30Chelsea30,499 match lost
League12th Nov 1955Chelsea20West Bromwich Albion41,898 match won
League19th Nov 1955Manchester United30Chelsea22,192 match lost
League26th Nov 1955Chelsea10Sheffield United30,032 match won
League3rd Dec 1955Everton33Chelsea33,473 match drawn scored 2 goals
League10th Dec 1955Chelsea21Newcastle United37,327 match won
League17th Dec 1955Bolton Wanderers40Chelsea24,129 match lost
League24th Dec 1955Chelsea20Arsenal43,022 match won
League26th Dec 1955Cardiff City11Chelsea26,794 match drawn
League27th Dec 1955Chelsea21Cardiff City36,740 match won
League31st Dec 1955Portsmouth44Chelsea28,995 match drawn
F.A. Cup7th Jan 1956Hartlepools United01Chelsea16,700 match won
League14th Jan 1956Chelsea23Sunderland43,999 match lost
League21st Jan 1956Aston Villa14Chelsea24,732 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup28th Jan 1956Burnley11Chelsea44,897 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup1st Feb 1956Chelsea11Burnley26,661 match drawn
League4th Feb 1956Chelsea23Wolverhampton Wanderers37,740 match lost
F.A. Cup6th Feb 1956Burnley22Chelsea21,921 match drawn
F.A. Cup13th Feb 1956Burnley00Chelsea42,757 match drawn
League3rd Mar 1956Chelsea24Manchester United32,050 match lost scored 1 goal
League10th Mar 1956Burnley50Chelsea18,670 match lost
League21st Mar 1956Chelsea12Birmingham City12,637 match lost
League24th Mar 1956West Bromwich Albion30Chelsea20,219 match lost
League30th Mar 1956Luton Town22Chelsea24,276 match drawn
League31st Mar 1956Chelsea01Preston North End31,450 match lost
League18th Aug 1956Burnley20Chelsea21,960 match lost
League15th Sep 1956Chelsea10Birmingham City40,530 match won scored 1 goal
League19th Sep 1956Chelsea00Sheffield Wednesday21,971 match drawn
League22nd Sep 1956West Bromwich Albion21Chelsea24,290 match lost
League27th Oct 1956Bolton Wanderers22Chelsea21,299 match drawn

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1954 / 55 1

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Eric Parsons made 1 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly16th Aug 1954Chelsea33Chelsea6,977 match drawn Sub on 46 mins

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Eric Parsons made 0 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

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Eric passed away at the Victoria Lodge Care Home in Worthing, West Sussex.

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Chelsea FC Player Eric Parsons

Games Won: 67
Win Percentage: 37.85%
Total Bookings: 1
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 177 appearances, Eric Parsons played alongside the following 49 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Les Allen (2)
Ken Armstrong (158)
Sidney Bathgate (17)
Wally Bellett (5)
Roy Bentley (160)
Hugh Billington (2)
Frank Blunstone (100)
Jimmy Bowie (4)
Peter Brabrook (18)
Bobby Campbell (31)
Len Casey (4)
Mike Collins (1)
Jimmy D'Arcy (5)
Alan Dicks (14)
Bill Dickson (52)
Bob Edwards (8)
Billy Gray (41)
Ron Greenwood (58)
John Harris (104)
Billy Hughes (3)
Harry Hughes (1)
Benny Jones (7)
Len Kell (1)
Fred Lewis (1)
Jim Lewis (31)
Bill Livingstone (1)
Ian MacFarlane (4)
Phil McKnight (8)
John McNichol (140)
Harry Medhurst (6)
Frank Mitchell (6)
Brian Nicholas (5)
Tony Nicholas (1)
Seamus O'Connell (16)
Ralph Oelofse (6)
Bill Robertson (122)
Derek Saunders (114)
Jack Saunders (28)
Peter Sillett (68)
Bobby Smith (28)
Miles Spector (5)
Les Stubbs (83)
Charlie Thomson (48)
Sid Tickridge (23)
Ron Tindall (12)
Dick Whittaker (1)
Stan Wicks (66)
Stan Willemse (149)
Reg Williams (2)