Chelsea confirmed that Didier Drogba will be leaving the club this summer. CFC fans will have many great memories of the Ivorian striker although none better than his goal and penalty against Bayern Munich to help Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League trophy.
Here is a list of the players that have scored for Chelsea on their final appearance giving the fans a goalscoring goodbye.
|Didier Drogba||19/05/2012||Bayern Munich||1|
|Jesper Gronkjaer||15/05/2004||Leeds Utd||1|
|Dennis Wise||19/05/2001||Man City||1|
|Dan Petrescu||24/04/2000||Man Utd||1|
|Brian Laudrup||05/11/1998||FC Copenhagen||1|
|Andy Townsend||08/05/1993||Sheffield United||1|
|Jason Cundy||21/03/1992||Sheffield United||1|
|Mickey Thomas||14/05/1985||Norwich City||1|
|Bryan Robson||05/03/1983||Charlton Athletic||1|
|Duncan McKenzie||20/01/1979||Man City||1|
|Dennis Brown||11/11/1964||Swansea City||1|
|Jimmy Greaves||29/04/1961||Nottingham Forest||4|
|Tony Nicholas||24/10/1960||Workington Town||1|
|Seamus O’Connell||11/02/1956||Man City||1|
|Benny Jones||14/04/1952||Aston Villa||1|
|Hughie Gallacher||03/11/1934||Leeds Utd||1|
|Stanley Prout||08/04/1933||Leeds Utd||1|
|Alex Jackson||16/04/1932||Man City||1|
|Robert Turnbull||26/12/1927||Grimsby Town||1|
|Arthur Wileman||09/04/1910||Sheffield Wednesday||1|
|Frank Pearson||28/04/1906||Bristol City||1|
* (Currently still a Chelsea player)
There are 42 players that have scored on their final Chelsea appearance (including John Terry and Raul Meireles). The first person with a goalscoring goodbye was Frank Pearson back in Chelsea’s first ever season. It wasn’t until four years later until Arthur Wileman became the second player.
The first player to score more than once was Wilf Chitty back in 1938 in a game vs Leicester. The only other players to do this are Graham Moore (2 goals vs Birmingham) and Jimmy Greaves who actually scored 4 goals in his farewell appearance vs Nottingham Forest.
23 players signed off at Stamford Bridge, 17 away and 2 at neutral venues. These two players are Didier Drogba and Frank Sinclair (in a 2-0 win vs Middlesbrough in the 1998 League Cup final).
The most common teams for players to score their final goal against are Leicester (4), Man City (4) and Leeds Utd (3).
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