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Cheung Chi Doy Returns To Blackpool

26 August 2016

Ex-Player Reunites With Former Team-Mates

Cheung Chi Doy made a welcome return to Bloomfield Road this afternoon, some 55 years after playing for the club.

The former Blackpool forward, now 75, was reunited with former team-mates Jimmy Armfield, Glyn James, Tommy Thompson, Graham Oates and Barrie Martin to reminisce about his time as a Seasider.

Back in 1960 he became the first Chinese player to move to England and play in the top-flight, after swapping Tung Wah for Blackpool.

He featured in two first-team fixtures against Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday, scoring his one and only goal for the club in the latter.

"I was happy to come here again after 55 years and see some of the players that are still here, like Jimmy Armfield. I spent two years here with them and I'm happy to see them again," he told the official website.

"It was a good experience for me to come here from Hong Kong and I learnt a lot about discipline with the hard training. When I went back to Hong Kong I played better than before I came."

Affectionately known as 'Cheungy' to his team-mates, he has proved to be something of a pioneer for other Chinese players making the move to England, while the Chinese game has now started to attract big names from Europe.  

"It was very brave, it was like us going to Hong Kong but he came on his own," Jimmy Armfield explained. "He came into the unknown, television hadn't hit football quite the same as it has now. Chinese football is now growing by the day and players are now going to play in China."

Cheung Chi Doy will make his second trip to Bloomfield Road in a matter of days tomorrow as a special guest for the League Two fixture against Plymouth Argyle. 

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