Tuesday 11 June 2013

On this day: De Goey checks in at Chelsea

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Dutch goalkeeper moving to Stamford Bridge

  • Ed de Goey played 123 times for Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League

  • De Goey proved a formidable last line of defence for the Blues

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 11 June 1997 Ed de Goey signs for Chelsea

Ed de Goey joined Chelsea from Feyenoord at the age of 30, having won five major honours at the Eredivisie club.

In his first season in the Barclays Premier League, the tall Dutchman conceded an average of a goal a game in the 28 matches he played and had a crucial role as the Blues won the League Cup and UEFA Cup-Winners Cup that campaign and finished in the top four.

In his second season the Dutchman played in all but three Barclays Premier League matches and kept 14 clean sheets, conceding a goal fewer than in the 1997/98 campaign and was instrumental in the club finishing third, their highest position in 29 years.

In 1999/00, De Goey played 37 times in the league with 16 clean sheets and helped his team lift the FA Cup. His role in the first team thereafter became diminished by the emergence of Carlo Cudicini, and after the 2002/03 season, the shot-stopper moved to Stoke City in the First Division, as the Championship was then known.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Ed de Goey joining Chelsea