G. Crawford
G. Crawford

Gavin Crawford

Gavin Crawford was one of Arsenal's first professional players.

The talented outside right/wing half made history with his move from Sheffield United in summer 1891 and enjoyed a hugely successful seven-year career with the Club.

Profile

Name Gavin Crawford
Arsenal Career 1891 - 1898
Position: Striker
Appearances 138 (138 starts, 0 as a sub)
Goals 17

Crawford made a goalscoring league debut against Walsall Town Swifts in September 1893 - Arsenal's first season as a league club.

He appeared regularly in his first four seasons at the Manor Ground and became captain after the tragic death of Joe Powell in 1896.

Crawford scored 17 times in 138 professional starts for Arsenal after playing 83 times for Royal Arsenal, hitting 49 goals.

Injury would ruin his 1897/98 season - and ultimately end his spell in the first team.

By this point Crawford had made the transition to wing half and joined Millwall in summer 1898. He later played for QPR and became groundsman at Charlton Athletic, a position he held up until his 80th birthday.