Chelsea star who received three trophies with Blues unrecognisable with new haircut
Chelsea legend Ed de Goey seems to be fully totally different virtually 20 years after hanging up his boots.
The Dutch goalkeeper began his profession at Sparta Rotterdam earlier than shifting to Feyenoord and later Chelsea for £2.25million in 1997. He was a key participant within the Blues’ League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup victories a yr later.
Despite being the primary selection stopper for 3 years and conserving essentially the most clear sheets within the Premier League throughout the 1999/00 season, De Goey fell out of favour following the signing of Carlo Cudicini. He performed simply 25 occasions in his last three years at Stamford Bridge earlier than becoming a member of Stoke in 2003 as a free switch.
He shortly turned a daily at Stoke, making 38 appearances in his first season. However, he misplaced his place to Steve Simonsen within the 2005/06 marketing campaign and was launched on the finish of the yr.
After retiring, De Goey moved into teaching, working with QPR and Eredivisie facet RKC Waalwijk. He joined Dutch fifth-tier facet VOC Rotterdam in 2018, the place he stays right now.
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And the Mirror report how Chelsea followers have been left jaw-dropped by images of the previous Blues keeper which had been lately shared on social media. Once recognized for his signature beard and lengthy hair, De Goey’s new look sees him with out facial hair and sporting a a lot shorter haircut, a lot to the astonishment of followers.
De Goey, a cult hero amongst the west Londoners, had no inkling that his departure from the staff was imminent again in 2003. In a 2020 chat with the membership’s web site, he stated: “No, I didn’t know at all.
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“The strange thing was, in a meeting with [Claudio] Ranieri he told me I was getting older and he wanted more young keepers.
“But then straight after my assembly he referred to as the younger goalkeeper [Rhys Evans], who performed for England Under-21s too, and informed him to go away as effectively!
“If you go for the youth, why let him go? I had combined emotions to go away. But I could not do something about it, he was the supervisor and what he determined goes.”