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Chelsea owe East Stirlingshire friendly from 1962 deal

The Scottish League Two side want
a fixture at Stamford Bridge as part
of the transfer deal which saw Eddie
McCreadie head south in 1962.
Scotland full-back McCreadie was
sold to Chelsea for a fee of £5,000
plus home and away friendlies.
The sides met at Firs Park in 1963,
but the match in London was never
Shire chairman Tony Ford said he
had made a "friendly" approach to
Chelsea to see about getting the
fixture fulfilled after uncovering
documents about the transfer.
He said: "When Eddie McCreadie
went from the Shire to Chelsea the
agreement was that there would be
a couple of friendlies, home and
away, and while the one here
happened the away game didn't -
and now it's 50 years later.
"At the end of the day, we kept our
end of the bargain. The ball is in
their court, in a friendly way.
"We've enlisted the help of Pat
Nevin, who's done some work for
Chelsea TV, and he's banging the
drum for us.
"You never know what might
happen, there's always a chance."
After the transfer McCreadie went
on to make over 300 appearances
for the Blues before taking over as
their manager in 1975, and won 23
Scotland caps.
Last year the Shire managed to
recover a Scotland jersey worn by
the left-back, which is now on
display in the football museum at

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