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Peter O'Dowd

Peter O'Dowd

Clubs played for: Selby Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Chelsea, Valenciennes, Torquay United (1926-1937)

Born: 1908

Birthplace: Halifax

Position: Defender

Biography: One of the most prominent players during the 1930's, he arrived at the club for £5,250 when Chelsea took advantage of Burnley's financial plight to bring him south. He quickly became one of the best Centre-halfs that has ever played for the Blues. An intelligent player, his league debut ended in a heavy defeat to Everton when Dixie Dean scored five goals. He fell out with the club's management and in the end he became the first English player that a French club paid money for when Valenciennes parted with £3,000 to offer him greater financial rewards. He was forced to retire aged 29 after breaking his leg in a trial match. Later owned his own drapery business in Weybridge, Surrey. Sadly died in May 1964 aged 56.

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