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I came across this old article a week or so ago; seeing Hudson play, as good as he was, I wouldn't put him in the 'Legendary' category as he believes he deserves.  I didn't really follow his trials and tribulations after he left us, other than reading the odd news article re his time at Stoke.  It seems to me as if he pissed his life away and now demands to be compensated because of the poor decisions he made. Other players had sense, saved or invested their earnings while others like him and Best took the road to ruin.   

For those of us who do remember him...was he a 'Legend' in your mind?    

https://www.caughtoffside.com/2020/06/21/i-loathe-hypocrisy-and-that-is-chelsea-fc-the-story-of-alan-hudson-the-local-boy-who-now-supports-liverpool-and-insists-hell-never-forgive-the-blues/

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He was a decent player in his day. He certainly had the talent to be one of the best in the game but he always fell short of expectations. Tony Waddington, who managed Stoke back then, was pretty much the only manager who was able to get the best out of him. Waddington also rejuvenated the career of Geoff Hurst and he turned Jimmy Greenhoff from a journeyman forward into a very good striker.

I don't understand his antipathy towards Chelsea though I saw an article a few years ago in which he complained the club had cut off the privileges to which he felt entitled. If memory serves, he also fell out with Terry Neill at Arsenal during his time there.

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7 hours ago, Stretford Ender said:

He was a decent player in his day. He certainly had the talent to be one of the best in the game but he always fell short of expectations. Tony Waddington, who managed Stoke back then, was pretty much the only manager who was able to get the best out of him. Waddington also rejuvenated the career of Geoff Hurst and he turned Jimmy Greenhoff from a journeyman forward into a very good striker.

I don't understand his antipathy towards Chelsea though I saw an article a few years ago in which he complained the club had cut off the privileges to which he felt entitled. If memory serves, he also fell out with Terry Neill at Arsenal during his time there.

Good player for us but about 10% as good as his own inflated opinion of himself.

The article claims his bad feelings towards Chelsea date from his accident in '97. Wrong. I remember him being on the BBC on cup final day in '94. I taped the build up as they were showing footage of our cup win in 1970 that they hadn't shown for years. He said then he was not a Chelsea fan and felt much more warmly about Stoke. 

 

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9 hours ago, SydneyChelsea said:

There's always a new Alan Hudson article every two years

Usually calling him a 'Chelsea Legend'. Legend is a word bandied about so much these days that it really has lost any semblance of meaning. As @Backbitersays, he was a good player but not up there in the stratosphere as some would have you believe.

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Surely his status as most local player is threatened by Jody Morris? From North End Road if I recall.

 

Someone's gonna have to steal one of those yard sticks with a wheel on the end from a school to settle this one.

Or just use google maps I suppose.

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He didn't have a happy homecoming either did he? Fading memories time again, but we signed him back at the arse end of his career at the same time as John Hollins, along with John Neal's famous five in the summer of 83. While I can recall Hollins playing a role in that team, I've no recollection whatsoever of any contribution from Hudson, and if you miss two opportunities to become a legend at a club (as most of the 69-71 and 83-84 teams are) then perhaps you were never up to it in the first place.

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2 hours ago, MKBlue said:

He didn't have a happy homecoming either did he? Fading memories time again, but we signed him back at the arse end of his career at the same time as John Hollins, along with John Neal's famous five in the summer of 83. While I can recall Hollins playing a role in that team, I've no recollection whatsoever of any contribution from Hudson, and if you miss two opportunities to become a legend at a club (as most of the 69-71 and 83-84 teams are) then perhaps you were never up to it in the first place.

No, he never got a kick under John Neal in 83-4. He did make his mark as a youngster in his first spell, no doubt about that, but his bitterness towards the club is just pathetic.

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6 hours ago, Andy North said:

Makes me wonder who was driving the car that nearly killed him?

Boyhood hero. Hard to go against him now.

Maybe this answers your question.

https://www.caughtoffside.com/2020/06/21/i-loathe-hypocrisy-and-that-is-chelsea-fc-the-story-of-alan-hudson-the-local-boy-who-now-supports-liverpool-and-insists-hell-never-forgive-the-blues/

 

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bitter and twisted man. I'll never forget him and I think Ronnie Harris piling in on Chelsea and Gullit in particular  before the FA cup game with Liverpool in 97 on the radio. He must have been gutted when they won it. He was one of the three wasnt he? Best Law Charlton, Harvey Kendall Ball, Lee Summerby Bell, Osgood Cooke Hudson. Chopper said in an interview I saw that they were the flair players, the ballers as they say nowadays.

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Milton Keynes. Im with you on this one. Not a massive Legend. Great talent, shame about the being runover. Come on the Mears family or Bates ran him over..........one to many Alan you are bitter. Though thank you for being Chelsea.

Shame about the Liverpool  comment. Alan you have to look in a mirror to see were the problem is.

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On he was a great talent.

the club didn't sell him and Ossie because of the East Stand financial problems, they both fell out with Sexton  that's the reason.

he used to drink in the Old Kent Ro ad . I once saw him with some lads near Battersea Bridge with a football,  off for a kick about !

I'll give him a pass on those comments , I don't have the heart to get upset about the guy, he's been through a lot , 

Sexton and Hudson, both endured horrific personal tragedies, Sexton's absolutely heartbreaking

 

 

 

 

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Quality player in this day and one of my favourites at the time. 
Peoples definition of legend differs and he wouldn’t get into my legend list. Legend I think applies to more than your efforts on the pitch but also now you apply yourself off it, this is we’re he fails.

I wonder is Best classed a Utd legend? One of the worlds best during his Utd years but he just became such a waste.

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21 minutes ago, goose said:

Quality player in this day and one of my favourites at the time. 
Peoples definition of legend differs and he wouldn’t get into my legend list. Legend I think applies to more than your efforts on the pitch but also now you apply yourself off it, this is we’re he fails.

I wonder is Best classed a Utd legend? One of the worlds best during his Utd years but he just became such a waste.

Best is definitely a Utd Legend. Some would have him top. Definitely in most people’s top 10

Hudson was one of Chelsea’s ‘better’ players. Top 50 maybe?

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4 hours ago, goose said:

Quality player in this day and one of my favourites at the time. 
Peoples definition of legend differs and he wouldn’t get into my legend list. Legend I think applies to more than your efforts on the pitch but also now you apply yourself off it, this is we’re he fails.

I wonder is Best classed a Utd legend? One of the worlds best during his Utd years but he just became such a waste.

Surprised at that comment Best is probably United's most iconic player of all time. Rooney although their record goal scorer is not held with as much affection as Best, Law, Charlton etc @Stretford Ender would be the guy to ask but he hasn't posted for a while.

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4 hours ago, Phil1905 said:

Pity he slags the club. You can slag the board, owners, etc but when you say ‘Chelsea Football Club’ that’s different. 
 

And the undying love he has for Stoke which is fair enough on a personal level for him but why then on one hand slag us off and on the other expect some kind of pay out and preferential treatment from Chelsea. 

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6 minutes ago, bluehaze said:

Surprised at that comment Best is probably United's most iconic player of all time. Rooney although their record goal scorer is not held with as much affection as Best, Law, Charlton etc @Stretford Ender would be the guy to ask but he hasn't posted for a while.

Definitely their most iconic player and without doubt the best player of all time. I’d say most would say he’s a legend but he was a bit of a wild card and let the club and his teammates down many times.

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