Having served Arsenal as a goalkeeper either side of the Second World War, George Swindin was well known to the Highbury faithful when he was appointed as manager in 1958. The Yorkshireman made wholesale changes to a side that had performed in average fashion the previous year and they paid dividends. Arsenal led the table in February 1959 and seemed destined for the title. However they could not hold on. A catalogue of injuries and the sale of free-scoring striker David Herd did not help. Swindin left the manager's seat in 1962 and went on to take charge at Cardiff and Norwich.