Terence Frederick 'Terry' Venables (born 6
January 1943 in Dagenham, London), often
referred to as 'El Tel', is a football manager
and former player. He most notably played for
Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens
Park Rangers, and gained two caps for
England. He has been employed as the
manager of both England and Australia, as
well as management stints at Barcelona and
various clubs in England.
Vince spoke with TERRY VENABLES from the
studios of OCI, Altea, Spain
Venables left school in the summer of 1957 and signed for Chelsea as an apprentice. He became professional for them in 1960, after
being left out of England's Olympic squad. He emerged as the captain and one of the key players in the Chelsea side which
challenged for honours in the 1960s, narrowly missing out on Football League and FA Cup success, and winning the League Cup in
1965, scoring in the final against Leicester City. But a fall-out with manager Tommy Docherty culminated in him and seven other
players being sent home for breaking a pre-match curfew and ultimately led to his sale to Tottenham Hotspur for £80,000 in 1966. He
had made 202 appearances for Chelsea and scored 26 goals.
He played 115 League games and scored 19 goals for Spurs, with the highlight being an FA Cup Final win over his old side in 1967. In
June 1969, he transferred to Queens Park Rangers for £70,000 playing 179 games and scoring 19 goals, eventually in 1974 he
transferred to Crystal Palace for the same fee, but only played 14 games for them before being appointed manager in June 1976.
He signed for St Patrick's Athletic in February 1976 and made his debut on 22 February.
As well as receiving two International Caps for England, Venables held the distinction of being the first to play at all international levels
(schoolboy, youth, amateur, Under-23, and for the full international team).