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Eric Parsons

Eric "The Rabbit" Parsons (born 9 November 1923 in Worthing, England) is a former footballer who played for West Ham United, Chelsea and Brentford.

A winger and crowd favourite whose blistering pace earned him the nickname "the Rabbit", Parsons started his career with West Ham and served in Montgomery's Eighth Army during the Second World War. He joined Chelsea in 1950 for the club record fee of ú23,000.

A pacy and skilful winger, Parsons was unfortunate to play in an era of great English wingers, such as Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney, which limited his opportunities with England. Nevertheless, Parsons formed an important part of Ted Drake's Chelsea side of the early 1950's, as both goalscorer and creator. He played in every game of Chelsea's Championship-winning side in 1955 and contributed 11 goals. After the title celebrations and speeches following the win against Sheffield Wednesday which secured it, the crowd at Stamford Bridge chanted "We want Rabbit." [1]

Parsons left Chelsea in 1956 for Brentford before retiring. He continues to live in his home town of Worthing.

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