List of Arsenal players as Publicans 

In the summer Chris Jack, the Grandson of 1930’s exceptional player David Bone Nightingale Jack, got in touch with information about how DBN had run a pub after he retired from the game. So in mid October we met up with him at the very same pub, just up from the Angel tube station for a convivial chat.

This has since evolved into an attempt to list as many of the Arsenal players who took this, until recent times, favoured post playing route.

Frank McLintock Pub Sutton Arms

Frank McLintock at the Sutton Arms: Harp Stays Sharp to the Bottom of the Glass!

To that end here is the list. We know it is not complete – One of Donald Rumsfeld’s “known unknowns” – and would really appreciate if you could get in touch with us to add your information to the knowledge base, especially those of the players for whom we cannot find the names of certain pubs. Or if you know of other players who ran a pub please inform us so we can add their name to the list

Additions to our original list kindly sent in are added in this colour.

The list is split into North London and the rest, to make an “ex-Arsenal player’s pubs” pub crawl easier to organise after a game!

North London

David Jack – Camden Head, 2 Camden Walk, London, N1 8DY- 1952-55

Camden Head

Camden Head

Leslie Compton – Hanley Arms 440 Hornsey Road, Islington – 1950s. Very sadly no longer functions as a pub. Though the Prince of Wales, 53 Highgate High Street, London N6 5JX  which he later ran from 1962 onwards is still a going concern.

Leslie Compton serves Tom Whittaker a pint in 1956 at Hanley Arms

Leslie Compton serves Tom Whittaker a pint at the Hanley Arms

Vic Groves – Angel Tavern, 181 Fore Street, Edmonton N18 – 1966 to 1972. Since then it was demolished to widen the North Circular Road. Later he moved to The Crown and Horseshoes, 12-15 Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6PZ

Frank McLintock – Sutton Arms, 193 Caledonian Road, Islington, N1. No longer a pub and now called the Marathon Restaurant

Peter Storey – Jolly Farmers, 113 Southgate Road, Islington, N1 3JS  now called the De Beauvoir Arms. He opened it in 1975 and it was here that the Gold Sovereign “conspiracy” bust in 1978 occurred for which Peter got a 3 year sentence at the Old Bailey 1980. This and other interesting football and non football misdemeanours can be found in his autobiography: True Storey.

Eddie Kelly – The Spanish Patriots, 14 White Conduit Street, off Chapel Street market. Now demolished and replaced with a Sainsbury’s car park.

The Rest

George Armstrong – The Red Lion in Rothley, Leicester mid 1980s. Showaddywaddy were regulars: including their singer Dave Bartram and bass guitarist Trevor Oakes! Many thanks to Jill Armstrong

Joe Baker – The Central Bar in Craigneuk, North Lanarkshire in the 1970s. Many thanks to Andrew Nicoll

Geoff Barnett – Waggon and Horses, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire from 1976 & George & Dragon, Middlewich Road, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7EA.

Cliff Bastin – Horse and Groom, 52 Fore Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 2QL. 1956. Now called the Heavitree.

William “Billy” Bannister – Grimshaw Arms, Temple Street, Burnley & a number of Leicester hostelries.

Warwick Bean – The Castle, Millers Lane, Outwood, Surrey RH1 5QB. Many thanks to Tom Rowan 

Frank Bradshaw – Oak and Acorn Inn, Taunton 1926-30 and Cross Keys Inn, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset in 1930s

Billy Blyth – pub in Port Seton, Scotland.

Thomas Briercliffe – Infirmary Hotel and Waterloo Hotel, both in Blackburn – from 1907- to at least 1926.

Horace Cope – Lord Alcester, 100 Pym Street, Nottingham in 1950s to 1961

Archie Cross – One Bell Hotel, High Street/Lowfield Street Junction, Dartford – 1 November 1909 onwards.

Ray Daniel – pub in Swansea.

Charlie George – pub in New Milton, Hampshire

Mal Griffiths – Queen’s Head, Bull Head Street, Wigston, Leicester 1958-1969

Charles Boyd Hare – The Bell Hotel, Liskeard, Cornwall circa 1910

Richard Horsington – Fountain Pub, 132 Plumstead Road, Plumstead, pre WW1. He also ran the Weaver Mineral Water company based in Plumstead after buying it when founder GP Weaver died. GP Weaver was also landlord of the Invicta Ground that Royal Arsenal played on between 1890-1893.

Arthur Hutchins – pub in Peckham.

Caesar Jenkyns – George Inn, Holyhead Road, Moxley, Wednesbury, the Black Country. Circa 1905.

Tommy Lawton –  The Magna Carta, Southwell Rd, Lowdham, Nottingham, NG14 7DQ. 1958-1962

Tommy Lawton at magna Charter

Tommy Lawton at the Magna Carta

Reg Lewis – Pub in South London

Anders Limpar – The LimpBar, a sports bar at Norra Bantorget in Stockholm. Many thanks to Andy Exley

Jimmy Logie  –  The Greyhound Pub, Kingsbury Road/Balls Pond Road, Dalston. Late 1950s

Malcolm Macdonald – Far Post, 37 Wigmore Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9HH. SuperMac ran it from 1985 to 1987. He took it over as the Wigmore Arms and changed it’s name immediately to the Far Post. Demolished in 2005 for flats.

Hugh MacDonald – Melbourne Arms, 81 Sandy Hill Road, Plumstead SE18 after WW1. It is less than a mile from where the club began on Plumstead Common.

Bob McNab – pub in Tottenham 1980.

Peter Marinello – Marinello’s, 140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5DT. 1984 but now defunct.

Jackie Milne – pub in Carluke, Lanarkshire from 1947 onwards

Frank Moss – pub in Chorley from 1940s.

Terry Neill – Terry Neill Sports Bar Brasserie, 53 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FD. Opened in 1993 and still going. He also had one in Hendon but is now defunct.

Isaac Owens – Consett Working Men’s Club in the 1910s.

Fred Pagnam – pub in Watford in 1920s

Ray Parlour – Ferry Boat Inn, Ferry Road,  North Fambridge, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 6LR. Recently acquired a part ownership in this ancient pub.

Bill Paterson – Crown Hotel, Auchterarder, nr Edinburgh from 1946

Jock Rutherford – The New Inn, Market Square, Biggleswade. 1930s.

John Radford – The Greyhound, Monk Street, Thaxted, Essex. Late 1970s, it is a grade 2 listed building.

Archie Roe – pub in Attercliffe, Sheffield from 1925

Charlie Satterthwaite – pub in Workington

Tommy Shanks – Victoria Public House, 55 Spring Road, Brightlingsea, Essex in the 1920s.

Geoff Strong – Hesketh Arms,  Botanic Road, Southport, PR9 7NA. Co-owned with Liverpool team-mate Ian Callaghan in 1970s

Alan Sunderland – The Halberd Inn, 15 Northgate Street, Ipswich. Now called McGinty’s.

Norman Uprichard – Belmont Inn, Harold Road, Hastings

Ernest Clarke Williamson – Flower in Hand, Pitt Street, Norwich from 1924-27 and then the Mitre Tavern, 131 Earlham Road, Heigham, Norwich 1927-58

Allan Young – The Old Sergeant, 29 Parsonage Lane,  Enfield. Recently demolished in February 2013. Many thanks to Chris Hudson

Willie Young – Bramcote Manor Hotel, nr Nottingham for 19 years.

Willie Young pub

We’ve still got the biggest Willie

Off Licences

Len Thompson in 1960s

Jock Rutherford in Neasden

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4 thoughts on “Arsenal Publicans

  1. Tom Rowan on 22 January 2016 at 2:51 pm said:

    Andy Kelly (@Gooner_AK) published a picture yesterday on Twitter of former trainee Warwick Bean who was forced to retire through injury at 18. While reading a bit about him I see he ran the castle, millers lane, outwood, Surrey rh1 5qb for a time.

  2. Ken George on 22 January 2016 at 10:59 am said:

    Having been introduced to Cliff Bastin by my father in law , who lived in Heavitree, I have many good memories of enjoying a pint in The Horse and Groom Hotel as the pub was then called and listening to Arsenal stories from the great man .The club continued to keep contact inviting him to Highbury for big games and he was regularly sent Gunflash which he often passed onto me . Among the trophies that were displayed on the wall was a wood carving off the badge of one of his cup winning shirts which was made for him after he gave his shirt away .
    Happy days .

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