Chelsea remove the names of two club heroes from Stamford Bridge entrances

Chelsea have made the decision to remove signs from the two entrances named after former players at Stamford Bridge.

Former owner Ken Bates decided to name the entrances after ex-Blues stars Nigel Spackman and David Speedie.

Both played for the club during the 1980s, helping them to win the Second Division in 1984.

They were the only two entrances in the stadium named after former players and the decision has now been made to replace the names with directional and way-finding signage.

Daily Mail report Chelsea sent both players a letter informing them of their decision to remove the signs.

The move is a popular one amongst, with neither player universally popular with the fans.

Spackman’s relationship with supporters was soured when he sided with Liverpool ahead of the 2008 Champions League semi final, where he spent two years in between spells with Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Speedie was accused of making racist remarks at an after dinner speech back in 2004.

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The changes will be carried out while fans await their return to the stadium.

It is now seven months since supporters were allowed in to Stamford Bridge with the government delaying a return, amid a rising number of cases.

Speaking at the end of September, Cabinet office Michael Give announced pilot schemes to get fans back into grounds would be paused indefinitely.

He said: "We're looking at how we can, for the moment, pause that programme.

"But what we do want to do is to make sure that, as and when circumstances allow, get more people back.

"The virus is less likely to spread outdoors than indoors but again it's in the nature of major sporting events that there's a lot of mingling."

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden, doubled down on the risks of fans attending.

“Ultimately against the back drop of rising infections, now is not the time to do it. There are risks associated with outdoors, now is not the time to do it,” he said.

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