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Name: John Hollins  
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Date of Birth: 16th July 1946
Place of Birth: Guildford, Surrey
Profession: Footballer
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John William Hollins MBE (born July 16, 1946) is an English former football player and coach. He was initially a midfield player who, later in his career, would become an effective central defender.

Born in Guildford, Surrey, Hollins was born into a footballing family - his father, grandfather and three brothers were all professional footballers as well. He joined Chelsea as a youth player and made his debut for the Blues aged only 16 in 1961. A talented winger, he went on to become a regular and eventually club captain. Hollins played 592 games, and scored 69 goals in his first spell at Chelsea, and was part of the successful Chelsea side of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which won the League Cup in 1965, the FA Cup in 1970 and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1971. He was also Chelsea's player of the year two years running. While at Chelsea, he also won a solitary England cap, against Spain, on May 24, 1967.

In 1975, Chelsea were relegated to the Second Division, and Hollins moved across London to nearby QPR. He stayed at the Hoops for four seasons, playing 151 matches and helping them to runners-up spot in the First Division in 1975-76.

In the summer of 1979, the 33-year-old Hollins made a surprising move to Arsenal, initially as a cover player, but he ended up becoming a regular in the Arsenal side, although by now he played more often as a defender than in midfield. He played 172 matches and scored 13 goals, and was part of the Arsenal side that lost both the FA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1980. He was awarded the MBE for services to football in 1981.

Hollins returned to Chelsea on a free transfer in 1983, and helped the club gain promotion back to the First Division in 1983-84, playing a further 30 times. He retired at the end of that season, having played 939 first-class matches in total. Hollins was immediately appointed coach at Chelsea; a year later he became first team-manager. He managed the side for three years, between 1985 and 1988; although his side won the Full Members Cup in 1986, the following year they were relegated back to the Second Division.

After leaving Chelsea, he set up his own sports promotion and agency company, before being tempted back to join the coaching staff of his old club QPR in 1993. He later had spells as manager of Swansea City, Rochdale and Stockport County, as well as being a pundit for BBC Radio Five Live.

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