Leaving Chelsea may seem like the end of the world, but it’s far from the end of the footballing road – just ask Ashley Cole.
The Stamford Bridge diaspora have spread to all corners of the globe, as our selection of travellers illustrates.
Mateja Kezman – South China
A solitary, chastening campaign at the Bridge tickled the Serbian’s restless streak, with spells at seven separate clubs added to his CV after 2004/05.
Returning for a second stint at Hong Kong’s South China missing the decisive penalty in a shootout was his last action as a professional footballer
Frank Sinclair – Colwyn Bay
A mere 17 years after lifting the FA Cup with Chelsea, Sinclair is still patrolling the park as player-manager for the Skrill Conference North outfit, playing himself 11 times last season.
Mineiro – Tus Koblenz
Arriving at Chelsea a year after landing the Copa America with Brazil, ostensibly to compete with John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien in midfield, he started just once before being shipped out to Schalke.
A rapid fall from grace saw him announced as a shock signing for German fourth tier outfit Koblenz after just one season in Gelsenkirchen.
William Gallas – Perth Glory
A key member of the none-more-miserly rearguard that helped Chelsea to the Premier League under Jose Mourinho in 2004/05, Willy G quit Tottenham to become the A League’s first ever Frenchman.
John Spencer – Colorado Rapids
Before Spencer’s Blues explosion he had already gained a taste for the road thanks to a very profitable loan spell at Lai Sun of the Hong Kong first division while still a Rangers youngblood.
Instead of retiring, after leaving Motherwell, the wee man beat a path for the Rocky Mountains, where he was twice voted into the MLS Team of the Year before being elected into the Rapids’ ‘Gallery of Honor’.