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Chelsea FC Profile: Miles Spector

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Full Name: Miles David Spector

Born: Saturday, 4th August 1934 (age: 88)
Place of birth: Hendon, England

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1952 to 1953

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."

Playing Career:

Hendon (A)
Chelsea (A) (Jul 1952 to Dec 1953) - cost: unknown
Hendon (A)

* (A) = Amateur

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 7th February 1953, Chelsea 3 - 2 Sunderland

Age on debut: 18 years 6 months 3 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 5th September 1953, Chelsea 1 - 2 Sheffield United


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1952 / 53 230005
1953 / 54 100001


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl

* 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.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League7th Feb 1953Chelsea32Sunderland40,720 match won
F.A. Cup9th Feb 1953West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea33,534 match drawn
F.A. Cup11th Feb 1953West Bromwich Albion04Chelsea27,997 match won
F.A. Cup14th Feb 1953Chelsea04Birmingham City45,872 match lost
League21st Feb 1953Chelsea01Charlton Athletic53,176 match lost
League5th Sep 1953Chelsea12Sheffield United49,824 match lost

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Chelsea FC Player Miles Spector

Games Won: 2
Win Percentage: 33.33%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 6 appearances, Miles Spector played alongside the following 17 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Ken Armstrong (6)
Roy Bentley (6)
Bobby Campbell (4)
Bill Dickson (5)
Billy Gray (1)
Ron Greenwood (1)
John Harris (2)
Jim Lewis (2)
John McNichol (6)
Eric Parsons (5)
Bill Robertson (2)
Derek Saunders (1)
Jack Saunders (5)
Peter Sillett (1)
Charlie Thomson (4)
Sid Tickridge (3)
Stan Willemse (6)