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|Full Name||David James Webb|
|Date of Birth||9 April 1946|
|Place of Birth||Stratford, London|
|Debut||2 March 1968|
|Games (goals)||299 (33)|
|Other clubs|| Leyton Orient|
Queens Park Rangers
|Honours||None as manager|
|Other clubs|| A.F.C. Bournemouth|
David James Webb (born 9 April 1946) was a defender who played for Chelsea from 1968 to 1974, and had a short stint as manager in 1993. Twice voted the club's Player of the Year, he is best known for scoring the winning goal in the 1970 FA Cup Final.
Webb started out with West Ham United, but was released as a teenager and signed for Leyton Orient in 1963. After 62 appearances (and three goals) for Orient, he transferred to Southampton in March 1965. In February 1968, he joined Chelsea in a £40,000 deal which also saw Joe Kirkup move in the opposite direction. Such was Webb's desire to join Chelsea, he even agreed to take a pay cut before signing.
Webb made his Chelsea debut in a 3-1 win over Manchester United in March 1968, and his enthusiasm and commitment to the cause soon made him popular among the Chelsea fans. He was an ever-present in the Chelsea side which reached the FA Cup final in 1970, notching important goals against Queens Park Rangers and Watford en route.
In the final itself, Webb was given a torrid time by Leeds United's Eddie Gray as Chelsea struggled to a 2-2 draw. In the replay Webb switched positions with Ron Harris, who quickly immobilised Gray with a crunching early challenge. With the game at 1-1 deep into extra time, an Ian Hutchinson long throw skimmed off Jack Charlton's head and Webb was at the far post to head the ball in and secure Chelsea's first FA Cup success. A year later, Webb helped Chelsea to their first European honour - the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup - with a replayed final victory over Real Madrid in Athens.
Though a defender who could play at full-back or in central defence, Webb occasionally provided cover in other positions. He once played an entire game in goal, against Ipswich Town on 27 December 1971, when Peter Bonetti and John Phillips were both injured and reserve goalkeeper Steve Sherwood was delayed in traffic. Webb kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win. Webb also filled in as an emergency striker, and scored a hat-trick against Ipswich at Portman Road on 26 December 1968. In another stint at centre forward in March 1972 he enjoyed a run of four goals in two games, including another brace against Ipswich.
As Chelsea's fortunes declined during the 1970s, Webb became disillusioned, especially after the sale of Keith Weller to Leicester City, and requested a transfer. He was sold to Queens Park Rangers for £100,000 at the end of the 1973-74 season. In total he made 299 appearances for Chelsea and scored 33 goals.
At QPR Webb was re-united with Dave Sexton and John Hollins, and helped the club finish as league runners-up in the 1975-76 season, their highest ever league position. He left Rangers for Leicester in 1977, before winding down his playing career with Derby County and Bournemouth.
In 1980 Webb was appointed player-manager of Bournemouth, and led the club to promotion to the Third Division in 1981-82. However, he was sacked following a 9-0 defeat to Lincoln in December 1982. This was followed by an unsuccessful spell at Torquay United and a more successful stint at Southend United, whom Webb guided to the Second Division after two successive promotions. Webb stepped down after a 12th place finish in the 1991-92 season, which remains the Shrimpers' highest ever league placing.
Return to Chelsea
Webb returned to Chelsea as manager in February 1993 on a short-term contract following the sacking of Ian Porterfield. The team were in freefall, having not won a league game for two months. His reign began with a 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers, but Chelsea beat Arsenal in his next match and ended the season in a secure 11th place. Webb's contract was not renewed by the club, who instead opted to hire Glenn Hoddle.
Days after leaving Chelsea, Webb was back in management with Brentford. He remained with the Bees for four years, taking them into the play-offs twice, although they were unable to win promotion. He resigned in 1997 after a play-off final defeat to Crewe Alexandra. He has since had short spells as manager of Yeovil and Southend United, and was most recently assistant manager to Steve Tilson at Southend during the 2009-10 season.
- See also: List of David Webb goals
|Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Robertson (1905–06) • Lewis (1906–07) • Calderhead (1907–33) • Knighton (1933–39) • Birrell (1939–52)|
Drake (1952–61) • Docherty (1961–67) • Sexton (1967–74) • Suart (1974–75) • McCreadie (1975–77) • Shellito (1977–78)
Blanchflower (1978–79) • Hurst (1979–81) • Neal (1981–85) • Hollins (1985–88) • Campbell (1988–91)
Porterfield (1991–93) • Webb (1993) • Hoddle (1993–96) • Gullit (1996–98) • Vialli (1998–00) • Ranieri (2000–04)
Mourinho (2004–07) • Grant (2007–08) • Scolari (2008–09) • Hiddink (2009) • Ancelotti (2009–11)
Villas-Boas (2011–12) • Di Matteo (2012) • Benítez (2012–13) • Mourinho (2013–15) • Hiddink (2015–16)
|Player of the Year|
|1967: Bonetti | 1968: Cooke | 1969: Webb | 1970: Hollins | 1971: Hollins | 1972: Webb | 1973: Osgood | 1974: Locke|
1975: Cooke | 1976: Wilkins | 1977: Wilkins | 1978: Droy | 1979: Langley | 1980: Walker | 1981: Borota | 1982: Fillery
1983: Jones | 1984: Nevin | 1985: Speedie | 1986: Niedzwiecki | 1987: Nevin | 1988: Dorigo | 1989: Roberts
1990: Monkou | 1991: Townsend | 1992: Elliott | 1993: Sinclair | 1994: Clarke | 1995: Johnsen | 1996: Gullit
1997: Hughes | 1998: Wise | 1999: Zola | 2000: Wise | 2001: Terry | 2002: Cudicini | 2003: Zola | 2004: Lampard
2005: Lampard | 2006: Terry | 2007: Essien | 2008: J.Cole | 2009: Lampard | 2010: Drogba | 2011: Čech | 2012: Mata
2013: Mata | 2014: Hazard