Jimmy Rimmer
Jimmy Rimmer

Jimmy Rimmer

Jimmy Rimmer succeeded Bob Wilson as Arsenal’s No 1.

An unused substitute when Manchester United won the European Cup against Benfica in 1968, Rimmer ended nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney to move to Highbury after impressing during a loan spell at Swansea.

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Name Jimmy Rimmer
Arsenal Career 1974 - 1977
Position: Goalkeeper
Appearances 146 (146 starts, 0 as a sub)
Goals 0

Arsenal manager Bertie Mee snapped up the goalkeeper in April 1974 for £40,000 and gave him his first-team debut against Liverpool shortly afterwards.

Wilson announced his retirement at the end of that campaign and Rimmer became first choice, missing just three matches over the next three seasons.

Rimmer won Arsenal's Player of the Year award in 1975 and earned an England cap a year later, but Terry Neill's arrival from Tottenham spelt the end for him at Highbury. Pat Jennings made the same switch as Neill and Rimmer was duly sold to Aston Villa.

He fared well there too and was first choice for six seasons, earning a Division One winners' medal in 1981 and helping Villa to glory in the 1982 European Cup and Super Cup.

Rimmer later featured for Swansea, Hamrum Spartans and Luton Town before retiring in 1986.