Greaves in the past

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Melbourne Stadium, Chelmsford

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford boat Chelsea, Tottenham and England legend Jimmy Greaves as a former player, Chelmsford City competed in the 1977 Anglo-Italian Cup alongside Bath, Yeovil, Parma and Bari, finishing with the fewest points. In his autobiography, Greaves describes the tournament as the highlight of his time with the club, playing in front of crowds of 24,000 people. Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Peter Collins also played for Chelmsford, with Spurs paying £5,000 for his services in 1968, going on to win the UEFA Cup and the League Cup.

Chelmsford’s previous ground, New Writtle Street, was shared by Southend United at the start of the Second World War, subsequently helping with the war effort by becoming a blimp site. There were several plans made for development of the ground once the war was over, but it was eventually sold to developers in 1997 and, after some initial ground sharing with Maldon Town and Billericay Town, they moved to their current home.