Arsenal FC’s fourth all time highest goal scorer behind Cliff Basten, Thierry Henri and Ian Wright and the clubs youngest ever hat-trick scorer (against Wolves in 1965). John Radford was a powerful, fearless and unselfish forward.
Born: 22 February 1947 – Hemsworth, England Position: Center/Inside Forward, Right Winger
Club Career: Years Team Apps Gls 1964-1976 Arsenal 481 149 1976-1977 West Ham Utd 28 0 1977-1979 Blackburn Rovers 38 10
International Career: 1969-1971 England 2 0
An instrumental part of Arsenal’s FA Cup and League double-winning side of 1970 – 71, a season that proved the most prolific for Radford who scored 21 goals and set up many more including both goals that secured Arsenal the 2-1 FA Cup win against Liverpool clinching the double.
Only capped twice for his country, Frank Mclintock tells a story that Radford said of Sir Alf Ramsay, “Don’t like the booger”… a straight talking, true Highbury Legend.
Time Vault Soccer doffs it’s cap to this no fuss, highly effective forward and travels back in time to snatch him from the double winning 1970 – 71 season.
Also see “Gunnerstown” blog.
Position: Attack (Centre, Right) Rating: 1 Star Skill Stats: ATTACK 5 DEFEND 2 SPECIAL:
Header (Technical Skill): When played in attack as the shooting card following a “Cross” gain +2 attack. When played in defence opponents “Header” is cancelled.
Season Stats: Year Team App Gls Hons 1970 – 1971 Arsenal 62 (0) 21 (0) Div1, FAC
Strategy Tip: Maybe lacking the top end scoring power of some forwards Radford offers a defensive cushion. Well suited to a balanced strategy from the start or used as a substitute to replace a more defensive minded player when chasing the game. Particularly useful when playing along side players with the “Cross” or “Inspirational” Special Skills.
Features in: “Debut 60’s v 70’s” – Card No: 62/64.
Figures in (Italics) = stats for their National side.