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Roy Bentley

Chelsea FC

12 caps, 9 goals

P 12 W 8 D 1 L 3 F 31: A 17
71% successful

1949-55

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1080

Profile

Full name Thomas Frank Roy Bentley
Born 17 May 1924 in Shirehampton, Bristol, Gloucestershire [registered as Thomas F.R. in Bristol, June 1924].
Attended Portway Boys Secondary School, Bristol
Married to Violet M. Upton [registered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, September 1946].
Height/Weight 5' 10", 11st. 7lbs [1950].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies Going For Goal: The Autobiography of Roy Bentley - Roy Bentley (Museum Press, London 1955)
Roy Wonder: Roy Bentley Chelsea Champion - Roy Bentley with Jim Drury (The History Press Ltd, October 2005)
 

Captaining Chelsea's 1955 championship side as centre forward was inevitably a cue for this England international to go into print. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Played school football in Bristol and joined Bristol Rovers FC as an amateur in 1937. He joined rivals Bristol City FC a year later, joining their groundstaff. He turned professional in August 1941. After the war, Bentley joined Newcastle United FC in June 1946 for £8500. Joined Chelsea FC for £12,500 in January 1948. He scored 128 goals in 324 league appearances. Joined rivals Fulham FC in September 1956 for £8600. Signed for Queen's Park Rangers FC in May 1961, he retired from playing in January 1963 when he joined Reading FC.
Club honours Football League Champions 1954-55;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) Appointed manager of Reading FC in January 1963, a position held until February 1969. A month later, he was a scout for Bradford City AFC. Appointed manager of Swansea City FC in August 1969 until October 1972.

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 681st player (682) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward, inside-left/right.
First match No. 246, 13 May 1949, Sweden 3 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, aged 24 years 361 days.
Last match No. 297, 22 May 1955, Portugal 3 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto, aged 31 years 5 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950, 1954 (provisional squad);
British Championships 1949-50, 1952-53, 1954-55;
Team honours British Championships winners 1949-50, 1954-55, shared 1952-53;
Individual honours England B (two appearances)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Returned to Reading FC in 1977 as club secretary until January 1984. Took a similar position at Aldershot FC from December 1984. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.31/32.

 

Roy Bentley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
16+ 12 5 12 0 0 1080 9 120 min 5 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Roy Bentley - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 4 4 0 0 16 5 +11 0 1 4.00 1.25 100.0 +4
Away 6 3 1 2 13 11 +2 0 1 2.167 1.833 58.3 +1
Neutral 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
All 12 8 1 3 31 17 +14 1 3 2.583 1.417 70.8 +5

 

Roy Bentley - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 10 7 1 2 28 15 +13 0 3 2.80 1.50 75.0 +5
Blue 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
Red 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 12 8 1 3 31 17 +14 1 3 2.583 1.417 70.8 +5

 

Roy Bentley - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
WCF 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
World Cup 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 1 2 1.00 0.333 66.7 +1
British Championship 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5 0 1 3.00 1.333 100.0 +3

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 7 4 1 2 20 12 +8 0 1 2.857 1.714 64.3 +2
All 12 8 1 3 31 17 +14 1 3 2.583 1.417 70.8 +5

 

Roy Bentley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1948-50 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
WCP All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
WCF All 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
World Cup Preliminary Competition and World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC/BC 1948-50 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 1 2 1.00 0.333 66.7 +1
WC All 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 1 2 1.00 0.333 66.7 +1
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC/WCP 1949-50 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1952-53 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 0 0 5.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 1954-55 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC All 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5 0 1 3.00 1.333 100.0 +3
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 1 2 1.00 0.333 66.7 +1
BC 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5 0 1 3.00 1.333 100.0 +3

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 5 4 0 1 11 5 +6 1 2 2.20 1.00 80.0 +3

 

Roy Bentley - Match History
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - 12 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 12 full capsx

Age 24
1 246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län Tour AL Start 9
- b 15 May 1949 - Finland 0 England B 4, Helsinki AW squad member
Age 25
- 247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo Tour AW squad member
1 b 18 May 1949 - Netherlands 0 England B 4, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam AW Start 9
- 248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris AW squad member
2 b 18 January 1950 - England B 5 Switzerland B 0, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HW sub ht ?
2 253 15 April 1950 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW Start 64 10
- b 11 May 1950 - Italy B 5 England B 0, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano Tour AL squad member
3 254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa AW Start 9
Age 26
- b 17 May 1950 - Netherlands 3 England B 0, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Tour AL squad member
4 255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles AW Start 88 9
- b 21 May 1950 - Luxembourg 1 England B 2, Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzeburg AW squad member
5 256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro WCF NW Start 9
6 257 29 June 1950 - USA 1 England 0, Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais NL Start 9
- 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro NL squad member
Age 28
7 274 12 November 1952 - England 5 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 47 10
8 275 26 November 1952 - England 5 Belgium 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 8
Age 29
May 1st 1954 was the date set by FIFA for a list of forty names to be submitted, from which the final 22 could be selected for each country's World Cup squad. England's list appeared on April 22 1954, nine days ahead of the deadline. 18 were destined not to make the final cut, including Roy Bentley.
Age 30
9 292 10 November 1954 - England 3 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start

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8
10 293 1 December 1954 - England 3 West Germany 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 28 8
- 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris Tour AL squad member
Age 31
11 296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Tour AD Start 38 8
12 297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1, Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto AL Start 19 8

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