Joseph Victor Fascione

05.02.1945 - 05.02.2019

Joe Fascione has died at the age of 74. A former Chelsea Football Player.

Joe joined Chelsea from Scottish club Kirkintilloch Rob Roy as a teenager and had his first taste of top-flight football in the early rounds of the League Cup in 1964/65, appearing in victories over Birmingham, Notts County and Workington Town in the first year we won the trophy.

A small and skilful winger, Joe was handed a First Division debut against Arsenal at Highbury early the next season. It could scarcely have gone better as Joe netted his first Chelsea goal with a glancing header, and then helped Barry Bridges score in a 3-1 success in north London.

A series of impressive displays followed, including in a 4-1 victory over Roma in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, but the rise of Peter Osgood led to a reshuffle and he lost his place in the team.

When Dave Sexton succeeded Tommy Docherty two years later, Joe was handed another run in the starting XI. Those six matches in the autumn of 1967 proved to be his last meaningful appearances for the Blues, and he left for Durban City in South Africa in the summer of 1969.

In total, Joe played 34 times for Chelsea and scored one goal during his five years of service.

Joe will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Vincent Fascione

11.02.2019

Joe is the younger of my older brothers both of whom looked out for me and helped me as I grew up in Coatbridge our home town.
It was obvious at the start of his secondary school years that he had the skill ,determination and attitude to be someone special in football. He proved this when he left school and played amateur football with Burnbank United, then semi professional with his beloved Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and is the youngest ever winner of a Scottish Junior Cup medal at age 17 to this day still. When Chelsea signed him in August 1962 it was the first ever £1,000 + transfer fee paid to a Junior club by a professional team .He scored the opening goal in a league match v Arsenal at Highbury in a 3-1 away victory ,an English League Cup winners medal in 1965 and had a brilliant game at Stamford Bridge in the home leg of The Fair City's cup at Stamford Bridge later that year ,making a goal with run and cross, being hacked down for a penalty and working a novel free kick with Terry Venables his captain to secure a 3-0 home victory .
He was always there when Chelsea needed him and was included in what was known as the £100,000 forward line of players because that was what it would cost to buy one of them. A loving husband to his wife Sylvia and Father to all his children and recently he Grandfather .As he became seriously ill the last few weeks his strength,courage and determination to reach his 74 th Birthday was glaringly obvious and of course he did but what an ending to his life as he slipped away 20 minutes later !
I will never forget it Joe and know you are free of pain,thanks for all your help in my younger years and when you helped me with my wife's passing , a great Family man and human being,rest easy Joe.
And of course a great footballer .


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