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Stamford Bridge icon Hudson puts medal up for sale after 'snub'

By CHARLES SALE Last updated at 12:12 AM on 6th May 2011

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Chelsea legend Alan Hudson is selling his European Cup-Winners' Cup winner's medal after claiming the club had snubbed the golden oldies on the 40th anniversary of their victory.

Hudson, 59, is putting the 1971 medal up for auction at Bonhams sporting memorabilia sale on June 1, where lot 496 is expected to fetch between £7,000 and £9,000.

The ex-England, Chelsea and Stoke midfielder, who has suffered serious health problems since spending 59 days in a coma after being run over in 1997, had been invited to the Chelsea Player of the Year awards dinner on May 19 when the 1971 team are due to be honoured.

But Hudson, who has turned down the invitation, said: 'I'm disgusted at the way Chelsea have ignored us. The invite was just a cursory acknowledgment of the '71 side rather than the proper event they should put on.

'I cannot afford to go, the hotel bill is more than I get in disability benefit. I'm selling my medal as the final straw in my relationship with Chelsea, and I need the money. The club means nothing to me any more after the way I've been treated.'

A Chelsea spokesperson said: 'The '71 Euro triumph is a major theme of the awards evening and all the team have been invited. Alan has written to say he won't be attending, which is a great shame. He is an important member of the Chelsea family.'

Negative press. Is it Daily Mail spin, Huddy making a mountain out of a molehill or have the club made a huge error of judgement?

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Regardless of if Huddy thinks the club are treating him unfairly (and not the first time he's claimed that) what about the fans that have supported him through the years. I remember him saying that the support he received from them helped pull him through after the accident.

The club doesn't actually owe former players anything - though we'd all like to see them treated well by the club.

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Who was it that's done this before. Ex player claiming that the club are doing them wrong to get some cash?

I think Huddy`s done something similar to this before.

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I think he was always quite volatile and hot-tempered (unless I am confusing him with someone else, which I admit is quite possible). Didn't he write an autobiography called "Working Class Ballet"? or "Ballet for the Working Classes?" or something similar. Good title, I thought!

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Without trying to guess if the Club should be doing more or if Alan has a point I would say I would have thought the night could have been all expenses paid, its not as if he hasn't made it clear enough that hes on dissability and I'd have expected them to send a Limo and make a fuss of the old legends,.

Loved him as a player and I always like it when the old boys are looked after.

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Yep bitter twisted old piss head in my book , never has anything good to say about us

I agree, I never hear him say a good thing about the club who in his opinion as I interpret it feels it owes him a living. Wallow on as far as I'm concerned.

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Three years ago this article LINK appeared just before the Champions League Final.

In 2009 there was this.. LINK

It certainly look as if he has a chip on his shoulder as many of you have stated. Ex players should be more than welcome and treated with a great deal of respect. I'm sure 99.9% of them are treated wonderfully, unfortunately you can't please everyone. Especially those who appear to have an agenda.

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Three years ago this article LINK appeared just before the Champions League Final.

In 2009 there was this.. LINK

It certainly look as if he has a chip on his shoulder as many of you have stated. Ex players should be more than welcome and treated with a great deal of respect. I'm sure 99.9% of them are treated wonderfully, unfortunately you can't please everyone. Especially those who appear to have an agenda.

Spot on 99.9 % of them are very well looked after by the club . The Club even has a trust fund for old players .

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Bitter, twisted fellow. I wonder if he's as scathing of Stoke (only played one less game for them than he did for us)........or Arsenal.......or Seattle Sounders..............or Cleveland Force. Played for all of them too didn't he?

I'd love to see your point of view Alan but I can't seem to get my head quite so far up my own arse.

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sh*t guys...give him a break...he was affected mentally as well as physically after his accident....for the good he did us in the day i hope he gets lots of the attention he needs.there there Alan mikeys here....i wont let these hoolies dis you

Trouble is Mikey he was like this before his accident.

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Trouble is Mikey he was like this before his accident.

Your quite right, I don't know what has happened much tbh as its a different era, but I was listening to keys and grey earlier today and a guest was a chelsea player and was stating how difficult this man was and how him and osgood had a huge disagreement. Is this right, sounds like a difficult character though

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Your quite right, I don't know what has happened much tbh as its a different era, but I was listening to keys and grey earlier today and a guest was a chelsea player and was stating how difficult this man was and how him and osgood had a huge disagreement. Is this right, sounds like a difficult character though

I caught a little of that. "a Chelsea player" was none other than John Hollins. Loved hearing him talk about Ossie and Charlie Cooke in particular, and also when asked which modern player he mostly resembled, his reply was "Frank Lampard but without the goals" which is more or less how I've always thought of him.

Looking back it's a shame we let Hollins go when we did. Today he stated that it was down to Eddie Mac who wanted to concentrate on bringing the youngsters through.

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I caught a little of that. "a Chelsea player" was none other than John Hollins. Loved hearing him talk about Ossie and Charlie Cooke in particular, and also when asked which modern player he mostly resembled, his reply was "Frank Lampard but without the goals" which is more or less how I've always thought of him.

Looking back it's a shame we let Hollins go when we did. Today he stated that it was down to Eddie Mac who wanted to concentrate on bringing the youngsters through.

I didn't catch the name, weren't being disrepectful, but I know you no that.

About the youngersquad I was amazed as he was 29 but just shows how much times have changed

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I didn't catch the name, weren't being disrepectful, but I know you no that.

About the youngersquad I was amazed as he was 29 but just shows how much times have changed

No I didn't take it as disrespect - I just assumed you were a lot younger than me!

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I believe Chelsea should give every ex player ,who needs it , a job of somesort, as these guys did so much for chelseas history.

I was alright with Hudson until I went to Stoke a few seasons ago and read the programme where he stated quite plainly that he really wanted Stoke to win.

I have every respect ofr what he did while he was at the club but lets be honest he wasnt there that long. Right now I think the most loyal Chelsea ex players has got to be Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti and god rest his soul if he was alive Peter Osgood.

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