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Terry Venables

Chelsea FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 0 D 2 L 0 F 3: A 3
50% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Terence Frederick Venables
Born 6 January 1943 at 313 Valence Avenue, Dagenham, Essex [registered in Romford, Essex, March 1943], to Fred & Myrtle, grew up in Bonham Road, five doors down from Ken Brown, and across the road from the footballing clan, the Allen's. He attended Valence and Lymington Schools.
Married twice, firstly to Christine McCann on 4 April 1966 at St Cedd's Church, West Ham [registered as Terrance, in West Ham, Essex, June 1966], secondly to Yvette S. Bazire [registered in Kensington & Chelsea, December 1991].
Death Saturday, 25 November 2023, aged 80 years 324 days
Height/Weight 5' 8¼", 11st. 8lbs [1965].


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

Biographies Venables: The Inside Story - Harry Harris & Steve Curry (Headline Books, London 1994)
Venables: The Autobiography - Terry Venables & Neil Hanson
(Michael Joseph Ltd, London 1994)

Venables' England: The Making of the Team - Terry Venables (Pan Macmillan 1996)
Fiction Written under the pseudonym P.B. Yuill, alongside Gordon Williams. Venables' wrote the Hazell series from 1973-76, soon to be made for television ITV series.

Club Career

Club(s) Began with Dagenham Schools before joining Chelsea FC as an amateur in July 1958, turning professional in August 1960. Played 202 league matches, scoring 26 goals, before joining Tottenham Hotspur FC in May 1966 for 80,000 pounds, scoring nineteen times in 115 league matches. Joined Queen's Park Rangers FC for 70,000 pounds in June 1969, he played 179 league appearances, scoring another nineteen times. Onto Crystal Palace FC in September 1974 in a player-swap deal, where he played fourteen league matches. QPR attempted to re-buy Venables in November 1974 after missing his worth. Palace manager Malcolm Allison called time on Venable's playing career on 1 January 1975.
Club honours Football League Cup winners 1964-65; FA Cup winners 1966-67; Football League Division Two runners-up 1972-73;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None


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

Management Career

Club(s) Started as coach at Crystal Palace FC at the beginning of 1975 and becoming the club's manager in June 1976. Venables was hot property and a wanted man. Arsenal FC attempted to lure him at the time too in the summer of '76, and Chelsea FC too, a year later. Venables was involved in the England U21 set-up under Ron Greenwood in January 1978, when he became Dave Sexton's coach. Birmingham City FC attempted to replace Alf Ramsey with Venables, Jimmy Armfield wanted him as his assistant at Leeds United AFC and the Australian national team wanted him, all in 1978. In December 1979, a one million pound four-year contract to coach the New York Cosmos was not enough to entice Venables away from England. Venables remained loyal to Palace, but Palace were not loyal to him, so he left to take over as Queen's Park Rangers FC manager on 14 October 1980 and soon he became its second largest shareholder in November 1981. In the 1983 summer, Arsenal FC wanted him again, as did Tottenham Hotspur FC. He did however join Barcelona FC in May 1984 until his dismissal in September 1987, returning to Tottenham Hotspur FC as manager on 23 November 1987, becoming its Chief Executive in July 1991, where he remained until his acrimonious split in June 1993. Appointed England team coach 28 January 1994 under a contract expiring at the conclusion of the European Championship 1996 final tournament; Venables had decided at the Euro 96 draw in December 1995, that he would not be seeking to renew his contract the following summer. Took over as the national coach of Australia in November 1996, and at the same time the Chairman of Portsmouth FC.  He left Australia in 1997 after failure to reach the World Cup 1998 Finals, and soon left Portsmouth too.  In March 1998, he returned to Crystal Palace FC as a manager, but it promised to be a false dawn for the club as he left the following January.  Venables' remained out of work until December 2000, when he became Bryan Robson's assistant at Middlesbrough FC to help stave them from relegation. They both left the club on 12 June 2001.  Another year away from the game and he returned to manage Leeds United AFC from 8 July 2002 until his sacking on 21 March 2003.  Returned to the England set-up in August 2006 as McClaren's assistant, and left at the time of McClaren's sacking.
Club honours FA Youth Cup winners 1977-78; Football League Division Two winners 1978-79, 1982-83; FA Cup runners-up 1981-82, winners 1990-91; La Liga Champions 1984-85; European Cup runners-up 1985-86; Copa de la Liga winners 1985-86; FA Charity Shield shared 1991;
Individual honours Premio Don Balon for best coach 1985;

England Career

Player number 830th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left
First match No. 384, 21 October 1964, England 2 Belgium 2, a friendly match at the Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 21 years 289 days.
Last match No. 386, 9 December 1964, Netherlands 1 England 1, a friendly match at Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam, aged 21 years 338 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1966 (standby);
Team honours None
Individual honours England U23 (four appearances), England amateur (one appearance), England Youth, England schoolboy.
Distinctions The only player to represent England at all levels.  Could easily have played for the Wales team, through the birth of his mother.

Beyond England

Held various business interest, some successful, some not. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.


Terry Venables - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
- 2 0 2 0 0 120 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Terry Venables - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 0.00 50.0 =0
Away 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All- Friendly - White 2 0 2 0 3 3 =0 0 0 1.50 1.50 50.0 =0


Terry Venables - Match History
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - 2 full appearances

manager: Alf Ramsey - 2 full capsx

Age 21
1 384 21 October 1964 - England 2 Belgium 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 10
2 386 9 December 1964 - Netherlands 1 England 1, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Fr AD Start 10
Age 23
Alf Ramsey named his provisional list of forty players on April 7. He then named a provisional squad of 28 on 6 May to attend Lilleshall. Terry Venables was one of the twelve cut, but asked to remain on standby.