For over 40 years, Bobby Tambling was to Chelsea what Ian Rush is to Liverpool, Bobby Charlton to Manchester
United, Dixie Dean to Everton and Jimmy Greaves to Tottenham Hotspur.
The man who describes himself as “the old banger compared to the Rolls Royce that was Greaves”, stood alone as the club’s all-time leading scorer, netting 202 goals for the Blues from only 370 appearances.
However, after leaving Stamford Bridge in 1970, Bobby exiled himself from the club for many years and was known as “little more than a name in the matchday programme” to most supporters. That is, until Frank Lampard began to close in on his record while Bobby lay stricken in a hospital bed amidst a two-year
battle for his life.
As Lampard became the new name atop the list of Chelsea’s most prolific goalscorers, Bobby may
have lost his record but he gained a whole host of new fans who suddenly wished to learn more about the man whose name they had read for so many years alongside a prominent statistic.
It was during his battle against illness that Bobby began to pen his life story.
Starting with his humble beginnings in Hayling Island, Goals in Life covers every aspect of Bobby’s spectacular Chelsea career and beyond.
From shining brightest among Tommy Docherty’s Diamonds at Stamford Bridge to sharing a dressing room with George Best in Ireland, Bobby lifts the lid on life on the King’s Road, including one of the most
explosive stories in the history of Chelsea Football Club: the infamous Blackpool Incident which resulted in the break-up of one of the most beloved sides in the club’s history.
The foreword for the book was written by Lampard, whose friendship with Bobby grew with each strike which rippled the back of the net. You know all about one of the men to have surpassed 200 goals for the Blues – now find out all about the other in Bobby Tambling: Goals in Life.
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