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Former Chelsea player and England manager Terry Venables passes away aged 80

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Former Chelsea player and England manager Terry Venables has died at the age of 80 after fighting with illness over a long period.

Venables played 237 games for Chelsea from 1959-1966 in both First and Second Divisions respectively.

Venables was also a key part of Chelsea’s League Cup triumph in the 1964/65 season, scoring a 70th minute penalty to give Chelsea the lead over Leicester City.

Chelsea would go on to win the final 3-2, with the second leg ending in a 0-0 draw.

Terry Venables also had a huge impact on the international stage as manager leading England to the semi-finals of Euro 96.

A family statement released states “We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness,”

“We would ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives.”

The League Managers Association said: “The LMA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of LMA member and former LMA president Terry Venables.

“Our thoughts are very much with Yvette and all of Terry’s family at this time.”

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