Nelson excited by reunion of Legends

Trevor Nelson, the acclaimed DJ and a long-time Chelsea supporter, has spoken about his love of our team of the late nineties, as well as his affection for Ray Wilkins, in whose memory this Friday’s Legends game is dedicated.  

A select group of past Chelsea players, the bulk of whom starred in the teams that won three trophies in a single calendar year in 1998, are returning to Stamford Bridge to take on Inter Forever.

It promises to be a memorable evening in west London and Nelson, whose support of the club spans four decades, is excited at the prospect of such a memorable generation of players coming together once again.

‘The Vialli team was my favourite Chelsea team to watch,’ he says.

‘I remember being there in those two or three seasons with my mates and thinking even after we had lost, what a great game it had been. I had been so entertained.

‘Those players were thinkers. We didn’t have the most athletic team. They weren’t the fastest team in the league or anything like that. We weren’t up and down like Man U, but when we had the ball and we were going forward everybody knew what they were going to do.

‘On its day, that team could beat any team, certainly in this country. We got the ball and quite a few people fancied scoring!

‘If you look at some of the goals we scored then, it was beautiful to watch,’ adds Nelson casting his mind back.

‘Zola was pivotal, but he had a lot of support. Vialli, Hughes, Flo, Petrescu, Le Saux had gone and come back, Poyet.

‘In midfield we also had Di Matteo who was great. Dennis Wise is one of the most underrated Chelsea players in history: two footed and scored some very memorable goals.

‘Leboeuf was in that team too. I loved him. He was cavalier. What a great team to watch…’

When Nelson started supporting the Blues, winning major trophies was at the back of everyone’s mind as we yo-yoed between the first and second tiers of English football. But there was a shining star amid plenty of mediocrity. His name was Ray Wilkins.

‘He was one of my first heroes, that man,’ Nelson remembers.

‘The first game I came to Stamford Bridge, unbelievably, was 1977. He was our captain. He was so young and he was spraying balls around. We were in the Second Division but he was the one player who was class.

‘He was like a rock star in our team. The day he left for Man United, I think I cried! He was the best player we’d had for 15 years, and we didn’t have another player of his class in the whole of the 80s.’