John Bumstead

The Chelsea Special Podcast


John Bumstead or Johnny B as he was affectionately known by the supporters, played for Chelsea from 1978 until 1991, making 409 appearances, the 9th highest appearance maker for Chelsea and scoring 44 goals. There are few Chelsea players who have experienced the rollercoaster of what it was like to play for Chelsea in that 13 year period and he remained loyal to his boyhood club until being transferred to Charlton. Johnny B was the ultimate selfless team player, a steely competitor, fearless and courageous playing at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield, doing the simple things very well and he hardly ever had a bad game for the club.  If you were to sum John Bumstead up, I can think of no better description than understated excellence.