John Coady - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea games.

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Date: 22 November 1987

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      Left Back/Left Midfielder
      Thursday, 25 August 1960
      Dublin, Ireland.
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 18th April 1987 scoring in a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers (Aged: 26)
    • Club Career
      9 League apps (+7 as sub), 2 goals
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John COADY - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea games.


The sheer folly of manager John Hollins' decision to sell the trusty Joey Jones and Mickey Thomas at the beginning of his managerial tenure was never better exposed than with his purchase of left-sided all-rounder John Coady. Having tried a number of different players to fill the respective voids left by the Welsh legends, Hollins eventually signed the cheery Irishman from part-timers Shamrock Rovers for £25,000 in December 1986. Coady was working as a postman prior to his move to London but despite his best endeavours, his delivery on the football pitch was rarely as reliable.


His Chelsea career could barely have got off to a better start, however, as he scored past David Seaman to earn the Blues a point from a clash at QPR in April 1987, but his efforts were undoubtedly hampered by Hollins' inability to decide on his best position, opting to play him both on the left of defence and midfield as well as in the centre of the pitch on occasions. John had reason to be pleased with his input into the final month of Chelsea's 1986/87 season, following up his goal at Loftus Road with assists for Gordon Durie against Leicester and for David Speedie in the final match of the campaign against Liverpool, but in spite of his promising start there were clear limitations and it was no surprise when Hollins sought to solidify his team's left-side with the signings of Tony Dorigo and Clive Wilson in the summer of 1987.


Faced with such competition it was no surprise that Coady was unable to make a significant impact throughout the following campaign, although he got his season off to a flyer when his fine strike against Luton Town set the Blues on their way to a 3-0 victory in his first appearance of the season. That was as good as it got, though. The winning goal in a Simod Cup clash with Barnsley gave him something to smile about (in fact he celebrated that goal with a slightly embarrassing wildness, all things considered!) but he was only called upon to start a total of four league games, with a further six substitute appearances including a five-minute stint in goal against Oxford, replacing Eddie Niedzwiecki after the impeccable Welshman's troublesome knee gave way for the last time on a football pitch. Coady kept a clean-sheet as the Blues won - and this was no coincidence after Niedzwiecki's injury - their last game for almost six months. They were relegated at the end of that campaign and early the following season John Coady returned home to Ireland, signing for Derry City for a nominal fee. (Kelvin Barker)


1982-1986    Shamrock Rovers    86    (14)
1986-1988    Chelsea    9    (2)
1988-1992    Derry City    ?    (?)
1992-1993    Shamrock Rovers    19    (1)
1993-1994    Monaghan United F.C.    29    (1)
1994-1996    Dundalk    58    (3)
1996-1997    Home Farm    31    (3)
1997-1998    Drogheda    25    (2)
1998-1999    Monaghan United F.C.    ?    (?)