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|Full Name||Richard Spence|
|Date of Birth||18 July 1908|
|Place of Birth||Barnsley, Yorkshire|
|Debut||6 October 1934|
|Games (goals)||246 (66)|
Richard "Dick" Spence (18 July 1908 - March 1983) was an English international winger who played for Chelsea either side of World War II, before spending several years as a member of the club's coaching staff.
Born and raised in Yorkshire, Spence began his professional club career with Barnsley, before joining Chelsea in October 1934 for £5000. Standing at only 5' 7" tall, he was a tricky and nimble winger who could play on either flank, and also chipped in with important goals. He scored 19 goals in his debut season for the club — no Chelsea winger has scored more in a season — and was one of the club's reliable players at a time when many of its more high-profile stars were relatively inconsistent. He played in 221 games for Chelsea, scoring 66 goals.
After serving in the Metropolitan Police during World War II, he resumed his playing career with Chelsea (making him one of only two players to play for Chelsea both before and after the War). He had the distinction of being Chelsea's oldest ever outfield player, playing his final first team match for the club against Bolton Wanderers in September 1947 at the age of 39 years, 57 days. Following that, he joined the Chelsea coaching staff, on which he remained for the next two decades, and was an important part in the new youth coaching set-up at the club, helping to unearth such talents as Jimmy Greaves, Terry Venables and Bobby Tambling. He died in March 1983, aged 74.
He was twice capped for England, against Austria and Belgium, both in 1936. The presence of Stanley Matthews in the side, along with other talented wingers, was a key factor in Spence not winning more England caps.
- See also: List of Dick Spence goals