The Arsenal History

  • Sandy Robertson – Arsenal’s First Invincible
    20: Alexander Sanders Robertson – 1891-92 A while ago Andy set a fiendishly difficult twitter question: “Who was the first Invincible to sign for the club?” After a number of incorrect answers that included the likes of Ray Parlour and Martin Keown, the correct player was named. With that in mind ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-01-06By Mark Andrews
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  • Jimmy Gray – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    James Roy “Jimmy” Gray: 1926 – 2016 Jimmy Gray was an Arsenal reserve right full back just after World War 2, and a batting all-rounder for Hampshire County Cricket Club between 1948-1966. Born in Southampton on 19 May 1926 and while at school he was evacuated to Poole during the ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-31By Mark Andrews
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  • Ray Mabbutt – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    Raymond William Mabbutt 1936-2016 Ray Mabbutt played a couple of times for the Arsenal A team in the 1953-54 season, but after National Service found his feet with Bristol Rovers. Born 13 March 1936 in Aylesbury, he represented Berkshire & Buckinghamshire at youth level, and started out at Aylesbury United ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Andy Kelly
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  • Tommy Lawrence – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    Thomas Ernest Lawrence 1933-2016 Tommy Lawrence had a very brief Arsenal career making a single A team appearance in the 1956-57 season. An England amateur international he went onto transform Enfield as both a player and manager. Born 14 December 1933 in Sunderland, he was on West Ham books while ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
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  • David Herd – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    458: David George Herd 1934-2016 David Herd was the 458th player to appear for Arsenal. Highly thought of at Highbury, this Scottish International goal machine had to leave Highbury to gain well deserved winners medals elsewhere in the 1960s. Born on 15 April 1934 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, his mother went ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
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  • Mel Charles – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    476: Melvyn “Mel” Charles 1935-2016 Mel Charles was the 476th player to appear for Arsenal. A Welsh international captain, he was at home at centre forward, centre back or wing half. A free scoring versatile player his time at Arsenal was marred by injury. Born on 14 May 1935 in ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
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  • John O’Rourke – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    John O’Rourke 1945-2016 An Arsenal Reserve/Youth player, he had a healthy goal-scoring ratio all through his career as a prolific Centre Forward, even appearing as a male model in Middlesbrough. John O’Rourke was born in Northampton on 11 February 1945 after his family were evacuated in WW2 from Rotherhithe, moving back ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Andy Kelly
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  • Don Rossiter – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    Donald Paul Rossiter 1935-2016 A right sided forward, Don Rossiter was an Arsenal reserve team player for two periods in the 1950s. He later became a councillor for the Tories in the Medway area. Born on 8 June 1935 in Strood, Kent he was spotted by Arsenal and was signed on as a ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Andy Kelly
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  • James MacDonald – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    James MacDonald 1979-2016 James MacDonald was a Scottish schoolboy international defender whose promising Arsenal career was ended while still very young by cruciate ligament injuries. Born on 22 February 1979 in Inverness he was identified very early as a promising footballer. A schoolboy international for Scotland Under-15 at the age of 13, this midfielder caught ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
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  • Kevin Stead – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    572: Kevin Stead 1958-2016 Kevin Stead was the 572nd player to appear for Arsenal. Born on 2 October 1958 in West Ham and brought up in Custom House. Kevin played for Newham, Essex and London schoolboys, touring Australia in 1974 with the England Schoolboys. Consequently, he attracted interest from a number of clubs as ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
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