Micky HAZARD

Micky Hazard - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea football career.

Photo/Foto: Stuart Franklin

Date: 25 November 1989

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Friday, 05 February 1960
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Sunderland, England.
  • CLUBS
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1985-1990
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 21st September 1985 in a 2-1 win at home to Arsenal (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      78 League apps (+3 as sub), 9 goals
  • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Club Career Dates
      1978-1985 & 1993-1995.
    • League Debut
      19th. April 1980 in 3-0 win over Everton aged 20.
    • Club Career
      102 league games 15 goals.
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Micky HAZARD - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea football career.

 

 What John Hollins wanted when he signed Micky Hazard was a replica of Glenn Hoddle. What he got was a birds-eye view of why the little Wearsider had spent the last five years never quite establishing himself alongside Hoddle in the Tottenham side. He became Chelsea's record signing when he moved to West London for £300, 000 in September 1985 and was an instant hit with the supporters who appreciated his cultured style. However, he had trouble displacing the ever-reliable Nigel Spackman and John Bumstead and within weeks of his arrival he found himself on the bench. He opened his goal scoring account for The Blues as a substitute against Fulham in the Milk Cup and scored his only league goal of the campaign a fortnight later when he converted a penalty in a 4-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. Micky by his own admission struggled to come to terms with Chelsea's 'up-and-at-'em' style of play and his first season was something of a disappointment but he returned for a run in the team late in the season and his defence-splitting pass which released Kerry Dixon for his first goal in a win at Old Trafford illustrated just what he was capable of.

 

Hazard scored twice on his return to White Hart Lane early in the next campaign but the following week Chelsea lost 6-2 at home to Forest and were then beaten by York City in the Milk Cup. He was made the scapegoat and replaced in the team by a little-known bruiser called John McNaught. The supporters howled their disapproval and their anger seemed justified when Hazard came off the bench against Manchester City to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win, a feat he repeated against Aston Villa in the FA Cup, scoring the winning goal in both games. Hollins remained unconvinced and Hazard made just 16 league starts that season, yet was voted second to Pat Nevin for the supporters' Player of the Year award. Micky made a more acceptable 28 league appearances in 1987/88 and scored the spectacular goal against Derby which brought an end to the embarrassing run of 21 games without a win which ultimately cost Hollins his job and Chelsea their place in the top flight.

 

Bobby Campbell took the reins but his summer signings of Graham Roberts and Peter Nicholas gave a fair indication that the club would be taking the pragmatic route out of Division Two. Silky skills were out and Hazard made just four appearances as The Blues raced away with the title. Micky's performances during an extended run in the side in autumn 1989 helped Chelsea to the top of Division One but a pre-Christmas slump saw him sacrificed again. He had been on the transfer-list since the previous season and in January 1990 Chelsea accepted Portsmouth's offer of £100,000 for Hazard, leaving many with the feeling that neither club nor player had made the most of his undoubted talents. (Kelvin Barker)

 

 

1978–1985    Tottenham Hotspur    91    (13)
1985–1990    Chelsea    81    (9)
1990               Portsmouth    8    (1)
1990–1993    Swindon Town    121    (17)
1993–1995    Tottenham Hotspur    11    (2)