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Thursday 08 August 2013

On this day in 1997: Le Saux back at the Bridge

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Graeme Le Saux re-joining Chelsea from Blackburn

  • Graeme Le Saux joined Chelsea in 1997 after four years in the top flight with Blackburn

  • The England defender previously joined Blackburn from Chelsea in March 1993

  • Le Saux was influential as Blackburn won the Premier League title in the 1994/95 season rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 8 August 1997: Graeme Le Saux makes Chelsea return

Chelsea secured the services of England international Graeme Le Saux from Blackburn Rovers, four years after the defender left the Blues to join the Lancashire club.

Le Saux initially joined Chelsea from a junior club in his native Jersey as an 18-year-old in 1987 and he made his first team debut in the 1988/89 campaign. After four years of being on the fringes of the starting XI, Le Saux moved to Blackburn Rovers in March 1993, and he flourished at left-back under the guidance of manager Kenny Dalglish.

The Channel Islander became a vital part of the Rovers team and he helped Blackburn win the Barclays Premier League title for the first time in the 1994/95 campaign, making 39 League appearances that season.

Le Saux played 129 times in the Premier League for Blackburn before returning to his first professional club ahead of the 1997/98 season. He established himself as a regular upon his return to Stamford Bridge and the Blues finished in the top six of the league for the next seven seasons, including two third-place finishes during that time. He also helped the Blues win the League Cup, UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup and FA Cup in a hugely successful second stint at the club.

The defender joined Southampton in July 2003, after the Blues qualified for the UEFA Champions League that year. Overall, Le Saux made 327 Barclays Premier League appearances, scoring 12 goals.

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Key Points

  • 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 title-winning Blackburn Rovers defender Graeme Le Saux returning to Chelsea after four years away from Stamford Bridge