Cowley, Hampshire born left winger Johnny Arnold has a place in history as one of only 12 double internationals to have represented England at both football and cricket. A Hampshire cricketer who played 396 matches for the county from 1929 to 1950 having previously played minor counties cricket for Oxfordshire, he made 34 opening the batting against New Zealand in his only Test match at Lord’s in June 1931. He was also later a first class umpire for some 20 years after his playing retirement.
As a footballer he had played for Oxford City before signing for Second Division Southampton in September 1928, making his Football League debut against Millwall in April 1929. He quickly established himself at The Dell and scored 46 goals in 120 games over his 5 seasons there, scoring 20 goals in 1931-32 when he was Southampton’s leading goalscorer.
In February 1933 he joined Fulham alongside Michael Keeping for a combined £5,000, and soon after he was selected to play for England in the April 1933 Home International match against Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow, which Scotland won 2-1 in front of a crowd of 136,000. He played regularly for The Cottagers through to the outbreak of the Second World War and was part of their 1936 FA Cup semi final team, scoring as they lost 2-1 to Sheffield United at Molineux. In total he scored 62 goals in 215 games for Fulham before his retirement during the War.