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Chris Garland

Personal information
Date of birth24 April 1949(age 67)
Place of birthBristol, England
Playing positionForward

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Christopher "Chris" Garland (born 24 April 1949 in Bristol) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Bristol City, Chelsea and Leicester City between the 1960s and 1980s. He was capped once by England at under-23 level.

A forward, Garland began his professional career with Bristol City, for whom he played from 1965 to 1971. While with City he won his only international cap, for England under-23 against their Bulgarian counterparts in 1970. He scored 31 goals in 143 League games for the club, before joining Chelsea for £100,000 at the start of the 1971 72 season, although he did not score until December, when he scored a crucial goal in a League Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur. He also played in the final, in which Chelsea lost to Stoke City.

Garland moved on to Leicester City in 1974 having scored 31 goals in 114 appearances for Chelsea (including 22 goals in 92 League matches. Less than two years later, after playing 55 League games for Leicester, he returned to Bristol City, who had just won promotion to the First Division after 65 years away. He helped keep them there for four seasons before they were finally relegated in 1980 - this was the first of three successive relegations, an indignity that no other English professional club had suffered at the time.

In 1982, after relegation to the Fourth Division, Garland and seven teammates, known as the "Ashton Gate Eight", took voluntary redundancy as part of a last-ditch plan to save the club, which was on the verge of folding. Garland would go on to be re-employed by Bristol City for one more season, becoming one of the few players (along with Tom Ritchie) who would play for the club in all four divisions. He ended his career in non-league football with clubs including Gloucester City and Minehead.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1998.

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