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Chelsea FC Profile: Frank Upton

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Full Name: Frank Upton

Nickname(s): The Tank

Born: Thursday, 18th October 1934
Place of birth: Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
Height: 6' 0"
Died: Tuesday, 17th May 2011 (aged 76)
Place of death: Findern, Derbyshire, England
Burial: Cremated - Markeaton Crematorium. No known memorial.

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1961 to 1965

In the late 1970s he returned to Stamford Bridge to join the coaching staff and was also the caretaker manager for a day after Ken Shellito’s departure in December 1978, before Danny Blanchflower was given the job.

Playing Career:

Northampton Town
Derby County
Chelsea (Aug 1961 to Sep 1965) - cost: £15,000 - Released
Derby County
Notts County
Worcester City

* Released = Contract not renewed by Chelsea

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 19th August 1961, Chelsea 2 - 2 Nottingham Forest

Age on debut: 26 years 10 months 1 days

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Monday, 26th April 1965, Blackpool 3 - 2 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1961 / 62 10000010
1962 / 63 37400041
1963 / 64 24300027
1964 / 65 314008


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1962 / 63 300003

* 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. Frank Upton made 86 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League19th Aug 1961Chelsea22Nottingham Forest20,857 match drawn
League23rd Aug 1961Manchester United32Chelsea45,559 match lost
League26th Aug 1961Aston Villa31Chelsea35,840 match lost
League31st Mar 1962Bolton Wanderers42Chelsea15,495 match lost
League7th Apr 1962Chelsea11Manchester City18,629 match drawn
League11th Apr 1962Leicester City20Chelsea15,184 match lost booked
League14th Apr 1962West Bromwich Albion40Chelsea14,573 match lost
League21st Apr 1962Chelsea22Ipswich Town28,462 match drawn
League23rd Apr 1962Wolverhampton Wanderers11Chelsea14,597 match drawn
League28th Apr 1962Burnley11Chelsea29,078 match drawn
League18th Aug 1962Rotherham United01Chelsea11,268 match won
League22nd Aug 1962Chelsea30Scunthorpe United18,377 match won
League25th Aug 1962Chelsea50Charlton Athletic24,683 match won scored 1 goal
League28th Aug 1962Scunthorpe United30Chelsea11,196 match lost booked
League1st Sep 1962Stoke City00Chelsea19,470 match drawn
League8th Sep 1962Chelsea10Sunderland32,901 match won scored 1 goal
League10th Sep 1962Chelsea20Southampton18,890 match won
League15th Sep 1962Leeds United20Chelsea27,620 match lost
League19th Sep 1962Southampton21Chelsea18,717 match lost
League22nd Sep 1962Chelsea22Swansea Town22,693 match drawn
League29th Sep 1962Portsmouth02Chelsea22,627 match won
League6th Oct 1962Chelsea60Cardiff City25,434 match won scored 1 goal
League13th Oct 1962Huddersfield Town10Chelsea23,936 match lost
League20th Oct 1962Chelsea32Middlesbrough32,551 match won
League27th Oct 1962Derby County13Chelsea12,653 match won Captain
League3rd Nov 1962Chelsea42Newcastle United34,428 match won
League10th Nov 1962Walsall15Chelsea8,492 match won
League17th Nov 1962Chelsea20Norwich City28,816 match won
League24th Nov 1962Grimsby Town03Chelsea10,823 match won
League15th Dec 1962Chelsea30Rotherham United19,735 match won
League22nd Dec 1962Charlton Athletic14Chelsea21,307 match won
League26th Dec 1962Luton Town02Chelsea11,867 match won
F.A. Cup5th Jan 1963Tranmere Rovers22Chelsea17,162 match drawn
F.A. Cup30th Jan 1963Chelsea31Tranmere Rovers20,505 match won
League9th Feb 1963Swansea Town20Chelsea13,359 match lost
League23rd Feb 1963Cardiff City10Chelsea16,108 match lost
League2nd Mar 1963Chelsea12Huddersfield Town32,427 match lost
F.A. Cup6th Mar 1963Charlton Athletic03Chelsea37,522 match won
League9th Mar 1963Middlesbrough10Chelsea24,781 match lost
F.A. Cup16th Mar 1963Manchester United21Chelsea48,298 match lost
League23rd Mar 1963Newcastle United20Chelsea39,418 match lost
League27th Mar 1963Chelsea31Derby County19,553 match won
League30th Mar 1963Chelsea01Walsall19,625 match lost
League1st Apr 1963Chelsea31Luton Town21,211 match won
League6th Apr 1963Norwich City41Chelsea20,205 match lost
League12th Apr 1963Chelsea20Bury45,069 match won
League13th Apr 1963Chelsea21Grimsby Town21,768 match won
League16th Apr 1963Bury20Chelsea11,936 match lost
League20th Apr 1963Plymouth Argyle21Chelsea17,027 match lost
League18th May 1963Sunderland01Chelsea47,918 match won
League21st May 1963Chelsea70Portsmouth54,558 match won
League9th Nov 1963West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea16,267 match drawn
League16th Nov 1963Chelsea31Arsenal47,050 match won
League23rd Nov 1963Leicester City24Chelsea23,315 match won
League30th Nov 1963Chelsea40Bolton Wanderers19,969 match won
League7th Dec 1963Everton11Chelsea39,538 match drawn
League14th Dec 1963West Ham United22Chelsea21,950 match drawn
League21st Dec 1963Chelsea32Sheffield United19,505 match won
League26th Dec 1963Blackpool15Chelsea17,563 match won
League28th Dec 1963Chelsea10Blackpool34,380 match won
F.A. Cup4th Jan 1964Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea49,382 match drawn
F.A. Cup8th Jan 1964Chelsea20Tottenham Hotspur70,123 match won
League11th Jan 1964Liverpool21Chelsea46,460 match lost
League18th Jan 1964Chelsea10Aston Villa23,968 match won
F.A. Cup25th Jan 1964Chelsea12Huddersfield Town39,036 match lost
League1st Feb 1964Tottenham Hotspur12Chelsea51,007 match won
League8th Feb 1964Chelsea23Wolverhampton Wanderers26,131 match lost
League22nd Feb 1964Chelsea40Ipswich Town20,703 match won
League29th Feb 1964Sheffield Wednesday32Chelsea19,416 match lost
League14th Mar 1964Arsenal24Chelsea25,513 match won
League21st Mar 1964Chelsea31West Bromwich Albion19,434 match won
League23rd Mar 1964Manchester United11Chelsea43,172 match drawn
League28th Mar 1964Birmingham City34Chelsea14,485 match won
League30th Mar 1964Chelsea10Nottingham Forest26,086 match won
League31st Mar 1964Nottingham Forest01Chelsea16,453 match won
League6th Apr 1964Chelsea10Leicester City25,315 match won
League11th Apr 1964Bolton Wanderers10Chelsea18,868 match lost
League18th Apr 1964Chelsea10Everton37,963 match won
League Cup23rd Sep 1964Birmingham City03Chelsea15,300 match won
League Cup26th Oct 1964Chelsea40Notts County6,596 match won
League Cup16th Dec 1964Chelsea20Workington7,936 match won
F.A. Cup9th Jan 1965Chelsea41Northampton Town44,335 match won
League22nd Mar 1965Chelsea30Sheffield United31,837 match won
League Cup5th Apr 1965Leicester City00Chelsea26,957 match drawn
League24th Apr 1965Burnley62Chelsea15,213 match lost
League26th Apr 1965Blackpool32Chelsea16,008 match lost

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1964 / 65 10 (1)
1965 / 66 1 (1)
Total11 (2)

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals

1964 / 65 2

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Frank Upton made 11 appearances for Chelsea, of which 2 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly29th Apr 1965Charlton Athletic23Chelsea11,657 match won
Friendly8th May 1965New South Wales (Barbados)05Chelsea25,116 match won scored 1 goal
Friendly15th May 1965Northern New South Wales26Chelsea13,226 match won Sub on
Friendly16th May 1965Victoria XI01Chelsea16,000 match won Sub off
Friendly19th May 1965Western Australia16Chelsea9,500 match won
Friendly22nd May 1965South Australia12Chelsea14,000 match won
Friendly23rd May 1965Australian Select XI22Chelsea20,665 match drawn scored 1 goal
Friendly30th May 1965Australian World Cup Team11Chelsea16,000 match drawn
Friendly2nd Jun 1965South Coast XI 01Chelsea4,600 match won
Friendly6th Jun 1965Queensland04Chelsea15,400 match won Sub off
Friendly1st Aug 1965Gothenburg Alliance42Chelsea15,000 match lost Sub on

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-First-Team Goals


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

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

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Chelsea FC Player Frank Upton

Games Won: 46
Win Percentage: 53.49%
Starts as Captain: 1
Total Bookings: 2
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 86 appearances, Frank Upton played alongside the following 41 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Frank Blunstone (66)
Peter Bonetti (67)
John Boyle (2)
Peter Brabrook (6)
Barry Bridges (71)
Dennis Brown (5)
Dennis Butler (6)
David Cliss (3)
John Dunn (12)
Joe Fascione (2)
George Graham (5)
Tommy Harmer (8)
Allan Harris (27)
Ron Harris (33)
Mike Harrison (7)
Marvin Hinton (23)
John Hollins (5)
Peter Houseman (6)
Derek Kevan (7)
Tommy Knox (8)
Andy Malcolm (7)
Jim McCalliog (4)
Eddie McCreadie (57)
Errol McNally (7)
Graham Moore (41)
John Mortimore (82)
James Mulholland (4)
Bert Murray (72)
Peter Osgood (1)
Mel Scott (6)
Ken Shellito (45)
John Sillett (3)
Peter Sillett (3)
Billy Sinclair (1)
Jimmy Smart (1)
Dennis Sorrell (1)
Bobby Tambling (74)
Ron Tindall (3)
Terry Venables (73)
Ian Watson (5)
Allan Young (1)