Chelsea’s one cap wonders including Brighton star and former Arsenal coach

Just because you’re bought by Premier League giants Chelsea, or you come through the famous Cobham academy, a long career in west London isn’t guaranteed.

There are a number of players that have had the honour of pulling on a Chelsea shirt for a Premier League fixture, though only on one occasion.

Those players have gone on to have differing careers, though will always have that Blues career on their CV.

Some could even still return with Tariq Lamptey impressing at Brighton after starting his career at Stamford Bridge.

The full-back is one of many one cap Chelsea wonders with Daily Star Sport looking at the rest…

Gerry Peyton

The goalkeeper was born in the 1950s and was called into action for Chelsea following an injury to Dmitri Kharin in the 1992-93 season.

Peyton went on to be Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach under Arsene Wenger and has even worked in Japan.

Jimmy Smith

Now at Yeovil, Jose Mourinho had spoken highly of Smith and gave him his debut at the end of the 2005-06 season.

He couldn’t get back into the Chelsea team following some time on loan and has had a career in the lower leagues.

Graham Rix

Perhaps more known for his spell as caretaker manager, Rix had come out of retirement to play for Chelsea against Arsenal in 1995.

He was already part of the Blues coaching staff at the time and took charge following Gianluca Vialli’s dismissal in 2000.

Steve Livingstone

Made his only Chelsea Premier League appearance at Old Trafford in the 1992-93 season before heading to Grimsby.

He spent most of his career at Blundell Park before retiring in 2004.

Tariq Lamptey

Perhaps the most well known on this list.

Lamptey made his Chelsea debut under Frank Lampard in a victory over Arsenal though failed to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

He is now impressing at Brighton, leading to suggestions that he could be on his way to a bigger club.

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  • Joe Sheerin

    Gianfranco Zola came off for Sheerin’s debut in 1997 and he spent three more years at the Blues before departing.

    Better known for becoming one of the founding members of the newly formed AFC Wimbledon a couple of years later.

    Ian Pearce

    Despite making more than 200 Premier League appearances during his career, the centre-back only pulled on the Chelsea shirt on one occasion.

    He came off the bench to replace an injured Paul Elliott way back in September 1992.

    Steven Watt

    The now non-league manager replaced Jiri Jarosik late on in a draw with Newcastle United in the 04-05 season.

    Spent time with Swansea and Notts County though is now in charge of Hythe Town in the Isthmian League.

    Neil Clement

    Another whose only appearance came against West Ham, in December 1996.

    Went on to play over 200 times for West Brom, while his brother Paul spent time on Chelsea’s coaching staff.

    Jeremie Boga

    Having been handed his bow in the opening day clash against Burnley in 2017, Boga was sacrificed following Gary Cahill’s red card.

    And he was subsequently sent on loan to Birmingham before being sold to Sassuolo.


    Mineiro joined from Hertha Berlin in 2008 and came on for Nicolas Anelka in a 5-0 win over Sunderland.

    Though he soon returned to Germany before hanging his boots up in 2012.

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    Nick Colgan

    The back-up goalkeeper featured just once, in a 3-2 defeat at West Ham in 1997.

    It didn’t hamper his career though, as he went on to spend a few years as first choice at Hibernian.

    John Swift

    A Reading star now, Swift had replaced Eden Hazard for his Chelsea debut at Cardiff in 2014.

    He left the Blues permanently following a couple of successful loan spells and is now a regular at the Madejski.

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    Rob Wolleaston

    Having graduated from the Stamford Bridge academy, Wolleaston came off the bench against Sunderland in 1999.

    He was sent on loan though couldn’t replicate John Terry, who he also came through with, as Wolleaston dropped down the leagues.

    Anthony Grant

    Another who made his Chelsea Premier League debut at Old Trafford, the 2004-05 appearance was to be his only one.

    He has spent time in the lower leagues and is currently at Swindon Town.

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