In advance of our first meeting of the season at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those few who have represented both Chelsea and the reds.
Most recent double agents
Nicolas Anelka moved to Stamford Bridge from Bolton Wanderers in January in a £15m deal, and he has so far notched seven times in 35 outings for the Blues. He struck five times in 22 reds games while on loan at Anfield in the second half of the 2001/02 season.
Bolo Zenden joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £7.5m in August 2001, netting four times in 59 games before being loaned out to Middlesbrough, whom he later joined on a free transfer. He arrived at Anfield in July 2005 on another free and struck twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille.
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 nine months earlier as his soon-to-be boss King Kenny clinched the League title at Stamford Bridge. Among his finest appearances in a red shirt were his debut as a sub in the 1987 Littlewoods Cup Semi-final win over Southampton, and the 5-0 drubbing of Nottingham Forest in April 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 Queens Park Rangers 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, having bagged six goals in 27 League games for the Blues. 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, and a total of 28 strikes in 56 outings. 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. He struck twice in 78 League games for the Blues.
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, whom 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, whom he had also played for in our 1986 title-decider. He nabbed six goals in fourteen reds games in all. Keeper Alec Chamberlain had loan spells at both clubs during the 1990's, without making the first team in either instance.
Other double agents
Scottish inside-forward Willie Fagan and legendary red Billy Liddell both guested for the Blues during the Second World War. Fagan netted 57 goals in 185 reds games after signing from Preston North End in October 1937. Liddell joined the reds in July 1938 while still only sixteen, and left the club 23 years later, having struck 228 times in 534 games. Their only club honour was the League title in 1947, although they both also played in the FA Cup Final three years later.
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 and also guested for Chelsea during wartime.