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Frank Blunstone

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Date of birth17 October 1934(age 82)
Place of birthCrewe, England
Playing positionOutside left

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Frank Blunstone (born 17 October 1934 in Crewe) is an English former international footballer who played for Crewe Alexandra and Chelsea as an outside left.

After surprisingly rejecting Wolverhampton Wanderers in favour of his home-town club, he signed professional terms with Crewe in early 1952. Following a string of impressive performances in Division Three North, he was signed by Chelsea manager Ted Drake for £7,500 a year later while still doing national service.

He made his Chelsea debut in a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, at White Hart Lane in February 1953, scoring the decisive third goal. His early years at the club saw little success for the team, but in 1954-55 Chelsea became First Division champions, with Blunstone an important part of the side, though he continued to juggle appearances for Chelsea with his national service.

Blunstone won five England caps between 1954 and 1956. He made his debut against Wales, creating two goals for team-mate Roy Bentley in a 3-2 win. He also played in England's famous 7-2 win over Scotland at Wembley.

He retired from football in 1964 aged only 30, having made 347 appearances for Chelsea and scored 54 goals, and immediately joined the Chelsea coaching staff. He was later appointed Brentford manager in 1969 and led the team to the 5th round of the FA Cup in 1971 and promotion to the Third Division a year later. After a disagreement with the chairman, he joined Manchester United as assistant to his old boss at Chelsea, Tommy Docherty. Blunstone later had brief spells as assistant manager of Derby County and manager of Greek club Aris.

As of 2005, he was living in Weston, near Crewe.

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