Doug Lishman
Doug Lishman

Doug Lishman

Doug Lishman was a prolific striker from the late 1940s to mid 1950s.

Bought from Walsall in the Third Division (South) for £10,500 in May 1948, he scored 137 goals in 244 games for the Gunners - a rate of more than a goal every other game.

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Name Doug Lishman
Arsenal Career 1948 - 1956
Position:
Appearances 244 (244 starts, 0 as a sub)
Goals 137

Lishman was Arsenal's top goalscorer for five seasons running from 1951 to 1955 and helped Arsenal win the Division One title in 1953.

He served in the Royal Marine Commandos during the Second World War and took part in the Walcheren Island landing in Holland.

The striker was originally signed to rival the injury-prone Reg Lewis up front but suffered fitness problems of his own in his first two seasons at the Club.

Lishman scored 21 goals in 37 games over that period but missed out on the 1950 FA Cup final as Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0 courtesy of Lewis' brace.

He regained his place in the side for the 1950/51 season but suffered more injury woe as he broke his leg against Stoke City in Decemberof that year. But the striker returned strongly and finished as top goalscorer with 17 goals in 26 games.

Lishman plundered 82 goals over the next four seasons, including hat-tricks in three consecutive home games against Fulham, West Brom and Bolton.

He was only just passed fit for the 1952 FA Cup final against Newcastle, which Arsenal lost 1-0 in unfortunate circumstances after Wally Barnes' injury left the Gunners with just 10 men for 55 minutes. With Cliff Holton and Don Roper down injured, Newcastle’s George Robledo powered in a header and an exhausted Arsenal were unable to reply.

But the team - and Lishman - returned strongly in the 1952/53 season as they won the league on goal average ahead of Preston North End. The striker scored 22 times and earned a call-up for England B against Scotland.

He was Arsenal's top scorer for two more seasons running before transferring to Nottingham Forest for £8,000 in March 1956.