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Last Updated: Friday, 21 January, 2005, 09:42 GMT
In pictures: Ken Bates' reign at Chelsea
Ken Bates brought the club for a pound in 1982
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Ken Bates buys Chelsea for 1 in 1982, wiping out their debts and he soon started to rebuild Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge showed little improvement as Bates took over
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When Bates takes over the ground had seen little improvement and the club were in the old second division
Stamford Bridge  is a fantastic all-seater stadium
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By the time Bates leaves Chelsea the stadium at Stamford Bridge is transformed into one of Premiership's best grounds
Ken Bates in 1991
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After varying fortunes in the 1980's Chelsea gain promotion in 1989 in time for the start of the Premiership in 1992
Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 in the 1994 FA Cup Final
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Chelsea enjoy some success in 1994 as Glenn Hoddle leads them to the FA Cup final - although they lose 4-0 to Man Utd
Ruud Gullit  guides Chelsea to the FA Cup in 1997
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Ruud Gullit takes over from Hoddle in 1996 and guides Chelsea to the FA Cup in 1997 and Cup Winners Cup in 1998
Ken Bates and Gianluca Vialli
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Gullit is surprisingly sacked by Bates in 1998 and another charismatic continental takes over - Gianluca Vialli
Bates leaves Wembley after Vialli's team win the last FA Cup Final
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Bates leaves Wembley after Vialli's team win the last FA Cup Final at the old stadium beating Aston Villa in the final
The plush Chelsea Village complex goes up around the pitch at Stamford Bridge
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There are off-pitch improvements as well as the plush Chelsea Village complex goes up around Stamford Bridge
Ken Bates and Claudio Ranieri
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Claudio Ranieri comes in after Vialli's shock departure in 2000, but a rising wage bill is adding to Chelsea's financial problems
Ken Bates and Roman Abramovich
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Roman Abramovich buys Bates' shares in July 2003 but Bates leaves after 22 years as their relationship became strained. And now for a new era at Leeds...



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Bates completes takeover of Leeds
21 Jan 05 |  Leeds United



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