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Stan Willemse Chelsea FC



  Stanley Bernard Willemse
Birth 23 August 1924 in Brighton, Sussex [registered in Steyning, December 1924]
First marriage to Lilian Bevis [registered in Horsham, June 1943]
Second marriage to Hilda Joyce Willemse [registered in Lambeth, September 1966]
Death 5 August 2011 at Bramber Nursing Home in Peacehaven, Sussex, last living at Flat 23, Clare Walk, Slinfold Close, Brighton.
Funeral 23 August 2011 at Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road in Brighton

Playing Career

Club(s) Began at his local club, Brighton & Hove Albion FC in 1946, before he joined Chelsea FC on 8 July 1949 for a £6,000 transfer fee, and after being put on the transfer list, he joined Leyton Orient FC on 20 June 1956 for another £5,000 fee. Stan announced his intention to retire at the end of the current season in January 1958, to concentrate on his book-making business
Club honours  
Individual honours Football League (one appearance, 1954)

England Career

Player number did not appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1954 (provisional)
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (one appearance, May 1954)

Beyond England


The Numbers
Parties unused
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Match History
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - no full appearances manager: Walter Winterbottom - no full appearancesx

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Age 29
286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadion JNA, Beograd tour AL unused sub
party member - Yugoslavia 16 May 1954
287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest   AL party member
one appearance - Switzerland 23 May 1954
1 May 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 party. England's list appeared on 22 April 1954, nine days ahead of the deadline. Then five of these players, including Stan Willemse, were still with the party when it was first reduced to 27 names on May 31. Three days later, when a party of seventeen was announced, it excluded Stan Willemse.