Regardless of achievements, Danny Clapton has a place in the Club's history.
He and his brother, Denis, were only the third, and most recent, brothers to appear on the pitch at the same time for Arsenal. The fixture was a 1-1 draw at Blackpool in November 1960 but signalled the end of Denis' Gunners career. Danny went onto make 225 appearances.
|Arsenal Career||1953 - 1962|
|Appearances||225 (225 starts, 0 as a sub)|
On the field there was a touch of star quality about the elder brother.
Originally a Billingsgate market porter, Clapton became a professional after writing to Tom Whittaker requesting a trial. He clearly impressed and was drafted in to the junior ranks to develop his game.
Within 18 months and aged just 20, the right-winger made his League bow in the 1954 Christmas Day fixture with Chelsea. Blistering pace gave Clapton the upper-hand on many a full-back and, packing a mesmerising body-swerve, his surges to the byline soon made him a firm favourite with the fans.
At his most dazzling, Clapton could torment the most seasoned of opponents, as an abrasive Tommy Burns found out one September in 1958. The 6-1 thrashing of Bolton Wanderers is widely regarded as Clapton's finest display in an Arsenal shirt and two months later he earned his solitary England cap, against Wales at Villa Park.
A lack of goals was one oft-criticised aspect of the Arsenal man's play, but for a player that so often created chances for others, it was never supposed to be the focal point of his play.
Unfortunately Clapton was riven by self-doubt, and that ultimately led to him failing to fulfil his potential. He left Arsenal in 1962 and after a spell with Luton, moved to Australia to play for Sydney Corinthians. He died in 1986, aged 51.