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Eric Parsons

Eric Parsons

Clubs played for: West Ham United, Chelsea, Brentford, (1947-1961)

Born: 1923

Birthplace: Worthing

Position: Winger

Biography: The former 'Desert Rat' who served in Montgomery's Eighth Army during the Second World, war was purchased for £23,000 in November 1950, a huge amount at the time. Nicknamed 'the Rabbit' due to his lightening speed, he was an Outside-right, who could be rated alongside the likes of Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews. However, their presence in the League at the same time also restricted his international honours to one England 'B' cap. As well as being the main provider for Roy Bentley during the 1955 Championship winning success, he also chipped in with more than his fair share including two against Sheffield Wednesday to secure the title. Commuted from his native Worthing while playing for the club along with Stan Willemse and Johnny McNichol. He still lives in the town in retirement, having run a successful sign writing business. Previously he had also owned a grocery shop and a cigarette vending business.

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