June 28, 1967
Liverpool swoop for Tony Hateley
Chelsea last night sold centre forward Tony Hateley to Liverpool, for a little less than the £100,000 that they paid Aston Villa for him last October. The deal went through in a London hotel after Liverpool boss Bill Shankly and Hateley had travelled from the North to meet Chelsea chief Tommy Docherty.
Docherty was not available for comment, but Chelsea secretary John Battersby said:
“The transfer has been completed. We have more or less got our money back.”
Chelsea chairman Charles Pratt said: “It was a straightforward cash offer.”
Liverpool will probably use Hateley’s brilliant heading ability to heat the massed Continental defences they will meet in Fairs cup matches next season.
Hateley joined Chelsea in October, but never settled. He scored only six goals in League matches, but played a vital part in Chelsea’s path to the Cup Final. He scored in the fourth and fifth round, laid on the winner in the sixth round, and headed Chelsea into the Final with a great goal against Leeds.
Chelsea will obviously go in for a replacement quickly, and top of their list are likely to be Barry Bridges, who left them for Birmingham last season; Jackie Sinclair, of Leicester; and George McVittie, of Carlisle.
(Daily Mirror: June 29, 1967)