Profile Tuesday – John Radford

John Radford Time Vault Soccer tabletop football card game

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

Career Profile:

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.

Card Profile:

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.

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