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Chelsea get friendly fixture request from 1962 transfer

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In today's climate of huge transfer fees the paying of money in instalments over a few years is not uncommon, as is arranging pre-season friendly matches, but Chelsea may have taken it a bit far after in not holding up part of the bargain 52 years after the original transfer.

Eddie McCreadie's move from East Stirlingshire to Stamford Bridge in 1962 was completed after the two clubs agreed a fee of £5,000 and two friendly matches, one at Firs Park and one at the Blues' home. One side of the bargain was held up in 1963 when Chelsea traveled up to Scotland, but the return match was never played.

Now the chairman of the Scottish League Two club, Tony Ford, has revealed that he got into contact with Chelsea with regards to holding the friendly that was not played. He mentions that he has enlisted former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin to help encourage the game to take place.

"When Eddie McCreadie went from the Shire to Chelsea the agreement was that there would be a couple of friendlies, home and away, and while the one here happened the away game didn't - and now it's 50 years later," he is quoted as saying by the BBC.

"At the end of the day, we kept our end of the bargain. The ball is in their court, in a friendly way. We've enlisted the help of Pat Nevin, who's done some work for Chelsea TV, and he's banging the drum for us. You never know what might happen, there's always a chance."

McCreadie's move to the Blues was a terrific success and he made more than 300 appearances during his time there, before being made manager after the club were relegated to from old Second Division. In his two years in charge at Stamford Bridge he won the side two consecutive promotions to get back to the top flight in England and made an 18-year-old Ray Wilkins the club captain.

Whether Chelsea agree to hold the friendly is another matter, but McCreadie is unlikely to be too bothered if Jose Mourinho's men line-up as it was revealed in a rare interview that he had completely turned his back on football and become a devout Christian. Chelsea's pre-season tour is likely to take in Asia or the USA, though it has yet to be confirmed, and a clash with the Scottish minnows is not likely to be a major money-spinner.

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