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Marco van Basten became Chelsea's latest illustrious squad player yesterday -but only for a couple of hours. The 32-year-old former Dutch international, forced by a persistent ankle injury to quit the game when still in his prime, was the surprise sight that greeted Chelsea supporters at the club's Harlington training ground.

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`He had a great enthusiasm for life, for football and Chelsea'

As the football world queued up yesterday to pay tribute to Matthew Harding, Ken Bates, the Chelsea chairman, announced that the club would be renaming the North Stand at Stamford Bridge as a permanent memorial to its late vice-chairman.

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The supporters who gathered at Stamford Bridge yesterday were mourning more than an uncommonly beloved football vice-chairman. They were also attempting to come to terms with the possible loss of Chel-sea's bright new future.

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