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Chelsea FC Profile: Derek Saunders

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Full Name: Derek William Saunders

Born: Friday, 6th January 1928
Place of birth: Ware, Hertfordshire, England
Height: 5' 10"
Died: Saturday, 3rd March 2018 (aged 90)
Place of death: Frinton on Sea, Essex, England
Burial: Cremated - Mar 2018, Weeley Crematorium, Colchester Road, Weeley, Essex.

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1953 to 1959

Playing Career:

Ware (A)
Walthanstow Avenue (A)
Chelsea (Jun 1953 to May 1959) - cost: unknown - Retired

* (A) = Amateur

* Retired = Retired from playing at the end of Chelsea contract, or for reason stated

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 5th September 1953, Chelsea 1 - 2 Sheffield United

Age on debut: 25 years 7 months 30 days

100th Appearance: Saturday, 10th December 1955, Chelsea 2 - 1 Newcastle United

200th Appearance: Friday, 4th April 1958, Chelsea 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 24th January 1959, Chelsea 1 - 2 Aston Villa


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1953 / 54 33100034
1954 / 55 42300045
1955 / 56 37700145
1956 / 57 41200043
1957 / 58 31300034
1958 / 59 19102022


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1953 / 54 100001
1954 / 55 100001
1956 / 57 600006
1958 / 59 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 Saunders made 223 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League5th Sep 1953Chelsea12Sheffield United49,824 match lost
League8th Sep 1953Arsenal12Chelsea54,946 match won
League12th Sep 1953Huddersfield Town31Chelsea29,613 match lost
League15th Sep 1953Chelsea02Arsenal60,652 match lost
League19th Sep 1953Chelsea12Aston Villa47,487 match lost
League26th Sep 1953Wolverhampton Wanderers81Chelsea36,134 match lost
League17th Oct 1953Chelsea11Middlesbrough23,513 match drawn
League24th Oct 1953West Bromwich Albion52Chelsea32,254 match lost
League31st Oct 1953Chelsea52Liverpool32,867 match won
League7th Nov 1953Tottenham Hotspur21Chelsea44,795 match lost
League28th Nov 1953Chelsea10Preston North End40,922 match won
League5th Dec 1953Newcastle United11Chelsea41,728 match drawn
League12th Dec 1953Chelsea31Manchester United37,153 match won
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
League23rd Jan 1954Chelsea22Huddersfield Town45,041 match drawn
League6th Feb 1954Aston Villa22Chelsea29,452 match drawn
League13th Feb 1954Chelsea42Wolverhampton Wanderers60,289 match won
League20th Feb 1954Sunderland12Chelsea45,755 match won
League27th Feb 1954Chelsea01Sheffield Wednesday54,498 match lost
League6th Mar 1954Middlesbrough33Chelsea27,920 match drawn
League17th Mar 1954Chelsea50West Bromwich Albion46,089 match won scored 1 goal
League20th Mar 1954Liverpool11Chelsea35,947 match drawn
League27th Mar 1954Chelsea10Tottenham Hotspur49,315 match won
League3rd Apr 1954Burnley12Chelsea20,312 match won
League10th Apr 1954Chelsea20Bolton Wanderers49,433 match won
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
League21st Aug 1954Leicester City11Chelsea38,541 match drawn
League23rd Aug 1954Chelsea10Burnley30,239 match won
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
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
League9th Oct 1954Huddersfield Town10Chelsea29,556 match lost
League16th Oct 1954Chelsea56Manchester United55,966 match lost
League23rd Oct 1954Blackpool10Chelsea19,694 match lost
League30th Oct 1954Chelsea12Charlton Athletic54,113 match lost
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
League18th Dec 1954Chelsea31Leicester City33,215 match won
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
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
League5th Mar 1955Aston Villa32Chelsea24,822 match lost
League9th Mar 1955West Bromwich Albion24Chelsea7,764 match won scored 1 goal
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
League9th Apr 1955Chelsea10Wolverhampton Wanderers75,043 match won
League16th Apr 1955Portsmouth00Chelsea40,230 match drawn
League23rd Apr 1955Chelsea30Sheffield Wednesday51,421 match won
League30th Apr 1955Manchester United21Chelsea34,933 match lost
League20th Aug 1955Chelsea02Bolton Wanderers44,454 match lost
League24th Aug 1955Huddersfield Town13Chelsea28,308 match won
League27th Aug 1955Arsenal11Chelsea56,034 match drawn
League29th Aug 1955Chelsea00Huddersfield Town25,883 match drawn
League3rd Sep 1955Chelsea15Portsmouth48,273 match lost
League5th Sep 1955Blackpool21Chelsea30,563 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 booked
League24th Sep 1955Wolverhampton Wanderers21Chelsea43,017 match lost
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
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
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
F.A. Cup28th Jan 1956Burnley11Chelsea44,897 match drawn
F.A. Cup1st Feb 1956Chelsea11Burnley26,661 match drawn
League4th Feb 1956Chelsea23Wolverhampton Wanderers37,740 match lost
F.A. Cup6th Feb 1956Burnley22Chelsea21,921 match drawn
League11th Feb 1956Manchester City22Chelsea26,642 match drawn
F.A. Cup13th Feb 1956Burnley00Chelsea42,757 match drawn
F.A. Cup15th Feb 1956Burnley02Chelsea27,210 match won
F.A. Cup18th Feb 1956Everton10Chelsea61,572 match lost
League22nd Feb 1956Chelsea31Charlton Athletic8,473 match won
League25th Feb 1956Tottenham Hotspur40Chelsea46,767 match lost
League3rd Mar 1956Chelsea24Manchester United32,050 match lost
League10th Mar 1956Burnley50Chelsea18,670 match lost
League21st Mar 1956Chelsea12Birmingham City12,637 match lost
League24th Mar 1956West Bromwich Albion30Chelsea20,219 match lost
League14th Apr 1956Chelsea61Everton13,825 match won
League21st Apr 1956Newcastle United11Chelsea24,280 match drawn
League18th Aug 1956Burnley20Chelsea21,960 match lost
League22nd Aug 1956Sheffield Wednesday40Chelsea36,543 match lost
League25th Aug 1956Chelsea10Preston North End21,832 match won
League1st Sep 1956Leeds United00Chelsea38,679 match drawn
League5th Sep 1956Chelsea12Manchester United29,082 match lost
League8th Sep 1956Cardiff City11Chelsea30,000 match drawn
League15th Sep 1956Chelsea10Birmingham City40,530 match won
League19th Sep 1956Chelsea00Sheffield Wednesday21,971 match drawn
League29th Sep 1956Chelsea33Portsmouth31,620 match drawn
League6th Oct 1956Chelsea24Tottenham Hotspur55,788 match lost
League13th Oct 1956Everton03Chelsea34,897 match won
League20th Oct 1956Chelsea33Wolverhampton Wanderers43,558 match drawn
League27th Oct 1956Bolton Wanderers22Chelsea21,299 match drawn scored 1 goal
League3rd Nov 1956Chelsea13Charlton Athletic28,722 match lost
League10th Nov 1956Sunderland13Chelsea27,182 match won
League17th Nov 1956Chelsea41Luton Town30,823 match won
League24th Nov 1956Aston Villa11Chelsea27,000 match drawn
League1st Dec 1956Chelsea22Blackpool45,327 match drawn
League8th Dec 1956Manchester City54Chelsea24,412 match lost
League15th Dec 1956Chelsea20Burnley18,371 match won
League25th Dec 1956Chelsea11Arsenal32,094 match drawn
League26th Dec 1956Arsenal20Chelsea22,326 match lost
League29th Dec 1956Chelsea11Leeds United43,860 match drawn
League1st Jan 1957Manchester United30Chelsea42,116 match lost
F.A. Cup5th Jan 1957Leyton Orient02Chelsea27,576 match won
League12th Jan 1957Chelsea12Cardiff City28,828 match lost scored 1 goal
League19th Jan 1957Birmingham City01Chelsea30,157 match won
F.A. Cup26th Jan 1957Tottenham Hotspur40Chelsea66,398 match lost
League2nd Feb 1957Chelsea24West Bromwich Albion29,361 match lost
League9th Feb 1957Portsmouth22Chelsea22,964 match drawn
League20th Feb 1957Tottenham Hotspur34Chelsea20,849 match won scored 1 goal
League23rd Feb 1957Chelsea22Bolton Wanderers13,647 match drawn
League2nd Mar 1957Wolverhampton Wanderers31Chelsea33,000 match lost
League9th Mar 1957Chelsea42Manchester City35,664 match won
League16th Mar 1957Charlton Athletic31Chelsea20,701 match lost
League23rd Mar 1957Chelsea02Sunderland36,160 match lost
League30th Mar 1957Luton Town04Chelsea15,065 match won
League6th Apr 1957Chelsea11Aston Villa28,025 match drawn
League13th Apr 1957Blackpool10Chelsea17,176 match lost
League19th Apr 1957Newcastle United12Chelsea30,708 match won scored 1 goal
League20th Apr 1957Chelsea51Everton28,317 match won scored 2 goals
League22nd Apr 1957Chelsea62Newcastle United20,795 match won
League27th Apr 1957Preston North End10Chelsea13,592 match lost
League24th Aug 1957Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea52,580 match drawn Captain
League28th Aug 1957Chelsea23Manchester City43,722 match lost Captain
League31st Aug 1957Chelsea51Birmingham City43,806 match won Captain
League4th Sep 1957Manchester City52Chelsea27,943 match lost Captain
League7th Sep 1957Everton30Chelsea45,066 match lost Captain
League11th Sep 1957Chelsea22West Bromwich Albion29,824 match drawn Captain
League14th Sep 1957Newcastle United13Chelsea44,560 match won Captain
League18th Sep 1957West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea36,835 match drawn Captain
League21st Sep 1957Chelsea61Burnley42,449 match won Captain
League28th Sep 1957Preston North End52Chelsea18,044 match lost Captain
League5th Oct 1957Chelsea10Sheffield Wednesday38,722 match won Captain
League12th Oct 1957Chelsea42Aston Villa40,769 match won Captain
League19th Oct 1957Wolverhampton Wanderers21Chelsea37,524 match lost Captain
League26th Oct 1957Chelsea00Arsenal66,007 match drawn Captain
League2nd Nov 1957Blackpool21Chelsea17,817 match lost Captain
League9th Nov 1957Chelsea13Luton Town34,102 match lost Captain
League23rd Nov 1957Chelsea40Leicester City27,757 match won Captain
League30th Nov 1957Bolton Wanderers33Chelsea18,815 match drawn Captain
League7th Dec 1957Chelsea21Leeds United17,038 match won Captain
League14th Dec 1957Manchester United01Chelsea36,853 match won Captain
League21st Dec 1957Chelsea24Tottenham Hotspur39,747 match lost Captain
League25th Dec 1957Chelsea74Portsmouth27,036 match won Captain
League26th Dec 1957Portsmouth30Chelsea32,236 match lost Captain
League28th Dec 1957Birmingham City33Chelsea37,976 match drawn Captain
F.A. Cup4th Jan 1958Doncaster Rovers02Chelsea19,888 match won Captain
League11th Jan 1958Chelsea31Everton29,490 match won Captain
League18th Jan 1958Chelsea21Newcastle United37,327 match won Captain
F.A. Cup25th Jan 1958Chelsea33Darlington40,759 match drawn Captain
F.A. Cup29th Jan 1958Darlington41Chelsea15,150 match lost Captain
League1st Feb 1958Burnley21Chelsea20,599 match lost Captain
League8th Feb 1958Chelsea02Preston North End42,704 match lost Captain
League29th Mar 1958Chelsea00Sunderland32,929 match drawn Captain
League4th Apr 1958Chelsea00Nottingham Forest44,288 match drawn Captain
League5th Apr 1958Luton Town02Chelsea15,285 match won Captain
League23rd Aug 1958Manchester United52Chelsea52,382 match lost Captain
League27th Aug 1958Chelsea42Tottenham Hotspur59,203 match won Captain
League30th Aug 1958Chelsea62Wolverhampton Wanderers62,118 match won Captain
League3rd Sep 1958Tottenham Hotspur40Chelsea50,299 match lost Captain
League6th Sep 1958Portsmouth22Chelsea31,795 match drawn Captain
League10th Sep 1958Chelsea65Newcastle United46,601 match won Captain
League13th Sep 1958Chelsea21Aston Villa44,023 match won Captain
League17th Sep 1958Newcastle United12Chelsea50,283 match won Captain
League20th Sep 1958West Ham United42Chelsea31,127 match lost Captain
League27th Sep 1958Chelsea41Nottingham Forest48,093 match won Captain
Europe30th Sep 1958BK Frem13Chelsea19,200 match won Captain
League4th Oct 1958Burnley40Chelsea22,902 match lost Captain
League18th Oct 1958Luton Town21Chelsea24,864 match lost Captain
League25th Oct 1958Chelsea52Leicester City40,369 match won Captainscored 1 goal
League1st Nov 1958Preston North End20Chelsea21,532 match lost Captain
Europe4th Nov 1958Chelsea41BK Frem13,104 match won Captain
League8th Nov 1958Chelsea20Leeds United31,757 match won Captain
League15th Nov 1958Manchester City51Chelsea19,778 match lost Captain
League22nd Nov 1958Chelsea03Arsenal57,910 match lost Captain
League25th Dec 1958Blackburn Rovers03Chelsea32,149 match won Captain
League27th Dec 1958Chelsea02Blackburn Rovers46,312 match lost Captain
F.A. Cup24th Jan 1959Chelsea12Aston Villa55,994 match lost Captain

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


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

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-First-Team Goals


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

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Derek's cremation was confirmed by his neighbours via the Senior Minister at Frinton Free Church. There is no known memorial.

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Chelsea FC Player Derek Saunders

Games Won: 89
Win Percentage: 39.91%
Starts as Captain: 56
Total Bookings: 1
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 223 appearances, Derek Saunders played alongside the following 50 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Les Allen (33)
Ken Armstrong (133)
Wally Bellett (27)
Roy Bentley (122)
Paul Berry (3)
Micky Block (28)
Frank Blunstone (125)
Andy Bowman (1)
Peter Brabrook (112)
Bobby Campbell (1)
Len Casey (21)
David Cliss (2)
Mike Collins (1)
Colin Court (1)
Stan Crowther (3)
Alan Dicks (32)
Bob Edwards (1)
Derek Gibbs (8)
Jimmy Greaves (49)
Ron Greenwood (48)
John Harris (61)
Mike Harrison (7)
Cliff Huxford (3)
Len Kell (3)
Ray Kitchener (1)
Bobby Laverick (7)
Jim Lewis (75)
Bill Livingstone (16)
Ian MacFarlane (37)
Reg Matthews (73)
Phil McKnight (1)
John McNichol (144)
John Mortimore (52)
Brian Nicholas (26)
Tony Nicholas (47)
Seamus O'Connell (17)
Eric Parsons (114)
Bill Robertson (112)
Jack Saunders (7)
Mel Scott (25)
John Sillett (25)
Peter Sillett (160)
Bobby Smith (14)
Miles Spector (1)
Les Stubbs (107)
Charlie Thomson (37)
Ron Tindall (90)
Dick Whittaker (25)
Stan Wicks (76)
Stan Willemse (116)