Chelsea have announced that club legend John Hollins has died at the age of 76.
Hollins started out at the west London club at the age of 15 and went on to make more than 400 appearances as a player before taking over as manager for three years in 1985.
In the wake of his passing, John Hollins leaves behind his beloved wife, Linda Hollins, and his cherished son, Chris Hollins.
Their thoughts and memories will forever remain intertwined with the legacy of this Chelsea legend.
Who is Linda Hollins?
Linda Hollins is wife of the late Chelsea legend, John Hollins.
Linda and John Hollins have a son named Chris Hollins.
Chris was the main sports presenter on BBC Breakfast between 2005 and 2012.
Although it has been challenging to pinpoint Linda’s exact birth year, we have discovered that she was born in or around 1949.
Information about her siblings and childhood life and interests are a bit scanty as not much has been revealed by her.
Not much is known about her high school education.
Who was John Hollins?
John William Hollins MBE was an English footballer and manager.
Hollins became a key figure for Chelsea as a young player, thriving under both Tommy Docherty and then Dave Sexton.
Described as a ‘selfless, defence-minded, enthusiastically versatile and creative’ midfielder, Hollins went on to bag 64 goals in 592 performances for Chelsea – the fifth most matches for a Blues player.
As well as playing at Chelsea, Hollins went on to spend four years at Queens Park Rangers and four years at Arsenal before returning to Chelsea for 12 months before retiring at the end of the season.
He finished his playing career having won the 1964–65 League Cup, the 1969-70 FA Cup, the 1970-71 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1983-84 Second Division title.
Hollins quickly found himself as manager at Chelsea as he was promoted from a coaching role when health complications forced John Neal to retire.
His tenure started well but after three years he was sacked in March 1988 with Chelsea on a four-month winless run in the league.
From there he had spells in charge at Swansea City, Rochdale, Stockport Tiger Star, Crawley Town and Weymouth.