John Boyle

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John Boyle
0Full Name John Boyle
0Date of Birth 25 December 1946
0Place of Birth Motherwell, Scotland
0Position Midfielder
0Chelsea career 1964-1973
0Debut 20 January 1965
0Games (goals) 266 (12)
0Other clubs Brighton & Hove Albion
Tampa Bay Rowdies

John Boyle (born 25 December 1946) is a retired Scottish footballer who played for Chelsea from 1964 to 1973, having signed as a junior.

Chelsea career

With the European Cup Winners' Cup, May 1971
Born in Motherwell, he signed for Chelsea as a 15-year-old whilst on holiday in London. Boyle was one of the lesser-known, but nevertheless important, members of the successful Chelsea side of the period, usually playing in the midfield ball-winner role. He made his Chelsea debut in a League Cup semi-final against Aston Villa and ultimately picked up a winners medal in that competition the same year after also playing in Chelsea's two-legged final victory over Leicester City.

He played in Chelsea's FA Cup Final loss to Tottenham Hotspur two years later but missed out when they won their FA Cup final against Leeds United in 1970 due to an injury. He made amends the following season, playing in both matches of Chelsea's successful European Cup Winners' Cup final against Real Madrid in Athens.

After Chelsea

He left Chelsea in September 1973 and briefly played for both Brighton & Hove Albion and Orient before retiring in 1975. He later had a spell coaching North American Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1977. He also managed at Dartford F.C. and was a landlord of the "Simon the Tanner" public house in Bermondsey.

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