Phil McKnight dead: Former Chelsea and Leyton Orient star tragically passes away at 93

Chelsea confirmed the news on their official club website this evening, revealing the Scotsman died last week after a short illness.

McKnight was a popular face at Stamford Bridge after spending seven years with Chelsea between 1947 and 1954 following a switch from Alloa Athletic.

He made 33 appearances as a wing-half, with his route to the team blocked by the likes of Roy Bentley, Ken Armstrong and Stan Willemse.

McKnight scored once during his time in West London during a 3-3 draw at Cardiff the year before his departure.

The ace then spent five years with Leyton Orient, where he went on to play over 200 times before enjoying stints as a coach and manager.

McKnight also served in the Royal Navy during World War II and was affectionately known by all as ‘Corky’.

He was at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Newcastle in January as part of Hungerford Care Home’s Wishing Well scheme, getting the full VIP treatment including champagne and a meal in the Ex-Players Foundation Box.


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A delighted McKnight said: “I had a fantastic time, it was great seeing the grounds again and visiting London after such a long time. I was surprised how things had changed.

“It was exciting watching the game and being a part of it all again. And I was very happy to see Chelsea win. Thanks to Hungerford care home for a great experience.”



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