…On this day in 1937

“Butcher” Boulton downed most of the Arsenal defence 

Frank Boulton puts paid to Herbie Roberts’ season and Arsenal’s slim title challenge in just three punches during a League game against West Brom.

F Boulton Arsenal Goalkeeper 1936-1938

Frank Boulton: The Arsenal goalkeeper 1936-1938

In an unprecedented series of events he managed to not only hospitalise Roberts, but knock out Hapgood and hit Crayston.

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507: Don Howe 1935-2015

“A man of principle and of vision, sometimes a prophet in the wilderness and a footballer of breathless magnificence. How English football could do with another Don Howe today”
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Don Howe: the Arsenal – player 1964-66; coach 1966-71 & 1977-83; manager 1983-86; youth coach 1997-2003

Instrumental in the 1970-71 double win Don, a genuinely great coach, was earlier the 507th player for the Gunners and later a manager. An England international right back his coaching prowess and organisational skills were equally in demand and admired. His time as player, coach and manager at Arsenal spanned five decades.

The Arsenal obituaries

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By Andy Kelly

(@Gooner_AK)

@gooner1947 recently posted an old photograph on Twitter of an Arsenal captain shaking hands with his opposite number at the start of the game. Peter asked who the captain was and what was the year. That captain was Charlie Jones but explaining what year and the reason why would take somewhat more than the 140 characters that Twitter allows in each tweet.

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