Football focus: Surrey connections

With Chelsea FC based in Stoke d'Abernon, a host of Premier League stars living in Elmbridge and Dragons' Den's Theo Paphitis even having a stake in a local team, Surrey plays a strong game in both halves

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2011

With Chelsea FC based in Stoke d’Abernon, a host of Premier League stars living in Elmbridge and Dragons’ Den’s Theo Paphitis even having a stake in a local team, Surrey plays a strong game in both halves

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Match of the Day host Gary Lineker lives in Esher with his wife, Danielle. It was eight years ago that Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea FC and changed the face of a corner of Surrey forever with the opening of the club’s training ground in Stoke d’Abernon. Now something of a football mecca, Abramovich has a home close by, while John Terry is one of the prominent squad members in the area. Oxshott is home to former Tottenham and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp and his wife Louise. Former Crystal Palace legends Ian Wright and Mark Bright are regulars at golfing events held at The Addington near Croydon, which is owned by the team’s former chairman Ron Noades. 1966 world cup hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst was Surrey’s original striker on the scene and still lives in Weybridge. Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis has been a director of local football club, Walton & Hersham, since he started taking his children there when they were small. Meanwhile, the chairman of the club is human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield QC. A football kicked across no man’s land during the Battle of the Somme (pictured) is on display in the Surrey Infantry Museum, which is found at Clandon Park, East Clandon.

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