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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has paid tribute to Chelsea legend Eddie McCreadie after his shock return to Stamford Bridge after 40 YEARS.

McCreadie played for Chelsea for over a decade, between 1962 and 1973 and made 331 appearances for the Blues. The legendary left-back became Chelsea manager two years after that and lasted for only two years as Chelsea boss, but has not been back to Stamford Bridge since he quit as manager following a row in 1977

He will appear at special function at a book launch to celebrate his two years managing the club.

Abramovich has now expressed his personal “gratitude” for everything McCreadie had done for the club both as a player and manager.

The manager of the Under the Bridge venue told them: “Mr Abramovich would like to thank you and others involved for co-ordinating this special event and extend his gratitude to Eddie’s services for Chelsea.

“All costs associated will be waived.”

The book “Eddie Mac Eddie Mac: Life and times at Chelsea under Eddie McCreadie” is about his two year-spell managing the club.

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