Cliff Bastin

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Cliff “Boy” Bastin made his Exeter City debut aged only 16 in 1928, scoring 6 goals in 17 games before Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal quickly snapped the youngster up. He made his Arsenal debut in October 1929, playing throughout the 1930s and officially retiring in January 1947, although the Second World War robbed Bastin of 6 prime years. Despite, he broke Arsenal’s goalscoring records and ended with 179 goals, 150 of those in the league, from one short of 400 games. His goalscoring was not eclipsed until Ian Wright and Thierry Henry came to the club. He won the FA Cup twice, in 1930 and 1936, and perhaps more famously five League Championship titles in 8 seasons between 1931 and 1938. He was first capped for England in 1931 and went on to win 21 caps over the next 7 years, scoring 12 times for his country. We hope you enjoy a couple of the Youtube videos featuring the great man! The first one is great as you get to hear all of the team speaking. The final one has excellent images of Cliff but you may want to mute the music.