In advance of our League meeting at Anfield on New Year's Day, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those few who have represented both Chelsea and the reds.
Direct from the Bridge to L4?
Midfielder Nigel Spackman was signed from Chelsea for £400,000 in February 1987, after 179 games for the Blues, including being on the losing side as his soon-to-be boss King Kenny clinched the League title at Stamford Bridge nine months earlier.
Among his finest appearances in a red shirt was his debut as a sub in the 1987 Littlewoods Cup Semi-final win over Southampton, and the 5-0 drubbing of Nottingham Forest in 1988. He never scored for us in his 63 first-team games, although he did hit the post twice in our 1-0 defeat of Manchester United in September 1988. After moving on to QPR in February 1989, he later returned to Chelsea to play under Glenn Hoddle, making a further 88 appearances for the Blues.
Tony Hateley became our record transfer when he joined us from Chelsea in June 1967 for the then-princely sum of almost £100,000. He got off to a flyer at Anfield, grabbing 27 goals in 52 appearances in his first season. Unfortunately, injuries took their toll, and he was sold to Coventry City only fifteen months after arriving at the club. He was a fine header of the ball in his prime, as was his son, England international striker Mark.
Moving in the opposite direction?
Outside-left Alf Hanson made 177 reds appearances before moving to Chelsea in July 1938 for £7,500. He had arrived at Anfield from Bootle, and was also an England baseball international! His brother was Bolton Wanderers keeper Stan, and the two men were made captains for the day when the Trotters lost 2-1 at Anfield shortly before Alf?s move down south.
A blue boss?
Wing-half Bobby Campbell made only 25 reds appearances between 1959 and 1961, during our spell in the Second Division. He was later manager of Chelsea for three years, taking them to the Second Division title in 1989, and a fifth place finish in the top-flight the following season.
A popular wool?
Joey Jones was a fans? favourite in the 1970?s, playing exactly a hundred first-team games, mostly at left-back. He was immortalised in a famous banner at the European Cup Final in Rome in 1977: ?Joey ate the frogs legs, made the Swiss roll, now he's munching Gladbach?. After rejoining Wrexham in 1978, he later moved on to Chelsea, helping them to promotion back to the top division in 1984.
A speedy reds career?
David Speedie was only at Anfield for two years, although he got off to a blistering start in February 1991, scoring on his debut at Manchester United, and then grabbing a brace against Everton six days later. He came from Coventry City, who he had joined after a successful five years with Chelsea in the mid-1980?s, scoring 64 times in 205 games for the West London outfit.
A Savage double agent?
Right-half Ted Savage made 105 reds appearances during the 1930?s after signing from Lincoln City in May 1931, scoring his only two goals for us on his debut, as a forward, against Grimsby Town. He moved to Old Trafford in December 1937.