Marvin Hinton - Chelsea Football Club Legend

Marvin Hinton with club captain Ron Chopper Harris hold up the FA Cup after victory over Leeds United in 1970.
Marvin Hinton with club captain Ron Chopper Harris hold up the FA Cup after victory over Leeds United in 1970.

Marvin Hinton began his career with his local club, Charlton Athletic who were playing in the Second Division when he made his league debut during the 1957/1958 season. At Charlton he made 131 appearances in the league and scored twice. Then in August 1963 he was signed by Chelsea Football Club for £30,000.

He made his debut for the club in a 3-1 win over Ipswich Town and went on to play his part in many of Chelsea’s successes in the 1960s and early ‘70s. He played alongside the likes of Peter Bonetti, John Hollis, Bobby Tambling, Charlie Cooke, Alan Hudson and Peter Osgood and earned his first of three winners medals in the 1965 Football League Cup.

Two seasons later in the 1967 FA Cup he had to accept a runners-up medal when Chelsea were beaten by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. But more success was to follow for the ‘Cup Kings of King’s Road’. In 1970 Chelsea were able to atone for the 1967 defeat by beating Leeds United.

Leeds, who were the reigning League Champions and one of the best sides at the time, made it hard for Chelsea. Marvin Hinton and his team mates had to wait until the replay at Old Trafford to get their hands on the FA Cup. He played as a substitute in both finals, helping to earn the Cup and a place in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

As with previous season’s FA Cup campaign, Chelsea reached the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup. On 19th May 1971 they played a strong Real Madrid side in Athens and drew the match one all. Peter Osgood scoring Chelsea’s goal from a left foot volley. Two days Osgood scored again in the replayed final. A second goal from John Dempsey sealed victory for the west Londoners.

Although further success eluded the club during the 1970s, Marvin Hinton continued to play for Chelsea until 1976. He now lives in Crawley and, during the season, can often be found supporting the club at Stamford Bridge.


The Facts

  • Date of birth -  2 February 1940
  • Place of birth -  Norwood, London, England
  • Playing position -  Defender
  • 1957–1963 - Charlton Athletic, 131 appearances (2 goals)*
  • 1963 –1976 - Chelsea 265 appearances (3 goals)*
  • 1962 - England U23, 3 appearances (0 goals)

* Club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Chelsea with the FA Cup in 1970 (Marvin Hinton is second from right on the top row)
Chelsea with the FA Cup in 1970 (Marvin Hinton is second from right on the top row)

40th Anniversary of FA Cup Success

After making the 1967 final and losing to Tottenham, Chelsea won the FA Cup on April 29th 1970. David Webb’s extra-time winner sealed victory in the replay at Old Trafford. It was Chelsea's first FA Cup success.

40 years later eight of the winning squad, including Marvin Hinton, gathered at Stamford Bridge to exchange stories in front of an audience of 200 supporters.

The event was a questions and answers session with legends Peter Bonetti, Tommy Hughes, Johns Boyle, Tommy Baldwin, John Dempsey, John Hollins, Alan Hudson and Marvin Hinton.

The evening, which took place on the anniversary of the victory, began with film clips of the two finals. Afterwards, the retired Chelsea players were only too happy to discuss the past and absent friends like captain Ron Harris and Peter Osgood.


Marvin Hinton, Alan Hudson and Keith Weller with the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1971
Marvin Hinton, Alan Hudson and Keith Weller with the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1971

Statistics - 1957/58 to 1974/75

(click column header to sort results)
   
   
Appearances  
Goals  
Division  
Charlton Athletic:
1957-1958
1
0
Div 2
 
1958-1959
9
0
Div 2
 
1959-1960
22
2
Div 2
 
1960-1961
21
0
Div 2
 
1961-1962
40
0
Div 2
 
1962-1963
37
0
Div 2
 
1963-1964
1
0
Div 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chelsea:
1963-1964
21
1
Div 1
 
1964-1965
40
1
Div 1
 
1965-1966
38
0
Div 1
 
1966-1967
38
0
Div 1
 
1967-1968
33
0
Div 1
 
1968-1969
9
0
Div 1
 
1969-1970
28
0
Div 1
 
1970-1971
20
0
Div 1
 
1971-1972
6
0
Div 1
 
1972-1973
18
1
Div 1
 
1973-1974
4
0
Div 1
 
1974-1975
10
0
Div 1

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