East Stirling ask Chelsea to honour friendly commitment

Chelsea are considering a request to host East Stirling in a preseason friendly.

Chelsea are considering a request to host East Stirling in a preseason friendly.

The Daily Express says Scottish League Two minnows Shire got in touch with Jose Mourinho’s Premier League giants after discovering that one of the conditions attached to the transfer of defender Eddie McCreadie to Chelsea in 1962 remains unfulfilled.

Ex-Scotland international McCreadie went south for a fee of £5,000 plus home and away games between the clubs.

Tommy Docherty brought the London side north to Firs Park in October 1963 for a game that ended 2-2. However the return meeting never happened.

The arrangement was long forgotten about until Shire chairman Tony Ford recently came across the documentation for McCreadie’s transfer, and he has since contacted Chelsea to ask them to fulfil the contractual obligation.

Ford said: “As far as we can tell, it is still a legally binding agreement that sets out the terms of the transfer.

“Chelsea came to our old home of Firs Park. However we are certain that the second game never took place. If you do not ask you do not get, so I sent Chelsea letter pointing out that we are due a game at Stamford Bridge. They have got back in touch and said that they will look into it.

“I am not sure if a game against us was in Mr Mourinho’s pre-season plans, but you never know!”

 
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