Keith Dublin - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea football career.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 January 1985

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      Left Back
      Saturday, 29 January 1966
      High Wycombe, England
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Monday, 7th May 1984 in a 3-1 win at home to Barnsley (Aged: 18)
    • Club Career
      50 League apps (+1 as sub), 0 goals
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Keith DUBLIN - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea football career.


 With a Young Player of the Year award in his pocket and a full season of reserve team football behind him, 18-year-old left-back Keith Dublin was introduced to the Chelsea first team in the penultimate match of the 1983/84 season. His burgeoning reputation within the club certainly seemed justified as, replacing the injured Joey Jones, he made a faultless bow in a 3-1 win over Barnsley only to collect an injury himself which ruled him out of the final match, a triumph at Grimsby which clinched the Division Two championship for the Londoners. The signing of Doug Rougvie pushed Keith further down the Stamford Bridge pecking order and he had to wait almost a year before he made his second appearance. He returned as a substitute in a 2-0 defeat at Ipswich and kept his place in the team for the following ten matches, performing well and looking very much a star of the future, but when new manager John Hollins selected his team for the start of the 1985/86 campaign there was no place for Dublin.


He was recalled for a Full Members Cup tie against Charlton in October and a week later he thought he had scored the winning goal in a League Cup tie with Fulham when his crisp 20-yard shot whistled past Gerry Peyton in the Cottagers' goal only for the referee, perhaps with one eye on the following morning's headlines, to blow the final whistle as the ball was struck. Perhaps the boost of a crucial goal would have altered the course of his season but for Keith the 1985/86 campaign turned into a nightmare. As he struggled to find the form and confidence of the previous season, the supporters were quick to jump on his back and he became a popular whipping boy on the terraces. Hollins eventually withdrew him from the team after just 11 League appearances, although he was a non-playing substitute as Chelsea beat Manchester City at Wembley to win the Full Members Cup in March. Dublin's final season at the Bridge was to prove his most consistent.


After missing out as the campaign began, he returned to the side at the end of October and finally cemented his place in the team. Impressive defensive performances in 0-0 draws with Watford and Aston Villa before Christmas were followed by increasingly confident forays along the left-wing which led to him becoming an important supply line for the strikers as the Blues recovered from an awful start to finish the season in mid-table. However, despite his 28 League appearances that season, Hollins remained unconvinced and moved to sign two excellent left-sided players, Tony Dorigo and Clive Wilson, in time for the following season. Dublin was clearly surplus to requirements and in August 1987 he moved to Brighton and Hove Albion for a fee of £35, 000. (Kelvin Barker)


Years             Team         Games    Goals

1983–1987    Chelsea    51    (0)
1987–1990    Brighton & Hove Albion    132    (5)
1990–1994    Watford    168    (2)
1994–1999    Southend United    179    (9)
1998              Colchester United    2    (0)