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.
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.
In an unprecedented series of events he managed to not only hospitalise Roberts, but knock out Hapgood and hit Crayston.
“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”
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.
We’re sure that most of you are aware that David O’Leary has played most first team games for Arsenal and that Thierry Henry is the club’s record goalscorer. But what about before them? Which players previously held those records? Read More →
by Andy Kelly
There is one player who has written himself into Arsenal folklore even though his total competitive playing time in the first team was 110 minutes. If you ask any Arsenal fan of a certain age, you can guarantee that they will all have the same opinion of him.
By Andy Kelly
@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.