I am one of several England internationals who have a lot to thank the club for in our development towards a career.
When I was a nine-year-old in Hayes there were not many kids' leagues where you could get a game and it was not until I joined Chelsea at the age of 10 that I learned about Senrab.
Senrab graduate: Ray Wilkins is one of several England internationals to have played for the club
I was in a Chelsea catchment with Tommy Langley, John Sparrow, Ray Lewington and Teddy Maybank and we attended Chelsea training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Stamford Bridge.
Our chief scout then was a guy called Eddie Heath and he was the man who suggested that all of us join Senrab so we could get some match practice.
Though I was already playing for my school and the district, this was a chance to get involved with a local club atmosphere and I found it incredible.
We played on Hackney Marshes and Wanstead Flats. I used to go over to Wanstead on a Saturday night and stay with our goalkeeper Johnny Westwood and his parents.
What I enjoyed was the way the club focused not so much on winning - though down the years they have won plenty - but on technique. They focused on passing, dribbling and tackling, which I guess is why Eddie wanted us to go there.
I can't remember how many sides they ran but I do remember that after we became professionals Chelsea continued using Senrab for teenage development.
There are so many of us who owe a debt of gratitude to Senrab but I guess things have changed now, with clubs liking to keep young players under their own wing.
I feel sure there is still a place for this kind of club to continue to feed the grassroots and there is still the chance that late developers can come from what has been a rich source of talent.
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