The centre forward - a Newcastle player since 1946 - was part of a front line including other goal getters Jackie Milburn, Len Shackleton and Charlie Wayman but the band was broken up when Bentley, who was living in a flat belonging to the sister of a club director, complained about his dirty bath.
George Martin, his manager, popped over to have a look and told him all that was needed was some paint. This didn't sit well with Bentley, though, and he decided it was time to leave the north east, with Chelsea duly coughing up £11,000 for him in January 1948.
It was money well spent because he finished his career at Stamford Bridge with 150 goals in 367 games, top scoring in each of his eight seasons as well as being part of a Chelsea team that won its first ever league title.
In that league winning season in 1954/55 he scored 21 times, including a hat-trick against Newcastle, before leaving for Fulham in 1956.