John Hollins MBE is a former footballer and manager who played for Chelsea, QPR, Arsenal and England.
John joined Chelsea as a youth player, aged only 17. A talented and hard-running midfielder, he was known for his dedicated attitude to the game and went on to eventually become club captain. He played 592 games and scored 69 goals in his first spell at the club and was part of the successful Chelsea sides of the mid-1960s and early 1970s. At one point he made 167 consecutive appearances; a club record. While at Chelsea, he also won an England cap against Spain.
In June 1975 he was signed at QPR for £80,000. He stayed at the Hoops for four seasons, playing 183 matches in total and helping them to the runners-up spot in the First Division in 1975-76. In the summer of 1979, the 33-year-old Hollins transferred to Arsenal, where he remained for four years.
In 1981 John was awarded the MBE for services to football and in the same year he made a memorable anti-smoking commercial for television as part of a Government campaign entitled Look After Yourself.
John returned to Chelsea in 1983 where he helped the club gain promotion back to the First Division. He retired at the end of that season, having played 939 first-class matches in total.
He was immediately appointed coach at Chelsea after his retirement; a year later he became first team manager. In 1989 he left Chelsea and had spells at clubs QPR, Swansea City, Rochdale and Stockport County.
John is passionate about his sport and is a popular pundit and commentator for TV & radio, including spells on BBC Radio Five Live and LBC. His son Chris Hollins is the co-host of Watchdog for BBC1.
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