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  • October 22, 2022

It is 26 years today since the tragic death of Chelsea vice-chairman Matthew Harding.
He was travelling back with friends from watching the team play a League Cup game away at Bolton Wanderers when his helicopter crashed. His fellow passengers Ray Deane, Tony Burridge, John Bauldie and Mick Goss also lost their lives.

A supporter from a very young age, Harding got involved with the club he loved more directly in the early 1990s, and his legacy lives on. After playing a significant role in helping to finance the reconstruction of the stand at the north end of the stadium, it was named after him following his passing. Fondly remembered at Stamford Bridge, his name is still sung by supporters.

His financial investment also helped us acquire the likes of Ruud Gullit, Mark Hughes and Roberto Di Matteo, but he tragically died before he could see his beloved Blues win major silverware in the form of the FA Cup.

Gone, but never forgotten. Rest in peace, Matthew.

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