Arsenal: Alan Skirton Dies at 80


Arsenal have through their official website announced the death of one of their former players that contributed immensely to the club.

In a statement released on Monday, the North London side expressed grief over the departure of Alan Skirton, the first Arsenal player to score a European goal at the Highbury Stadium.

Alan plied his trade with the Gunners for six seasons during which he earned himself the nickname 'The Highbury express' as a result of his speed and agility.

His 19 goals in 38 Division 1 appearances in the 1961/62 league campaign made him Arsenal's highest goal scorer.

Altogether, the English international, the first Arsenal substitute to be employed in a competitive encounter, was able to scoop a total of 54 in 154 matches.

The Bath-born winger also played for Blackpool, Bristol City, Torquay United, Durban City and retired at Weymouth in 1974.

He served as assistant commercial manager at Weymouth, returned to his childhood club, Bath City, as commercial manager then joined Yeovil Town to occupy the same position.

Alan, 80, left behind his wife, three sons and a daughter. May his soul Rest in Peace.

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