Derek Tapscott
Derek Tapscott

Derek Tapscott

Derek Tapscott was a lethal weapon in his five years at Highbury with a goals to games ratio of better than one in two.

The striker made the move to north London from Barry Town, costing £2,750 in October 1953.


Name Derek Tapscott
Arsenal Career 1953 - 1958
Position: Striker
Appearances 132 (132 starts, 0 as a sub)
Goals 68

It took six months before his full debut arrived, but Tapscott repaid the faith put in him with five goals in Arsenal's last five matches of the 1953/54 campaign.

He would go on to hold down a more regular place in the following seasons, gradually building his goal tally to 13 the following year before notching 17 times in the 1955/56 season.

But it was the 1956/57 campaign which was to prove Tapscott's golden year as he fired 25 goals in just 37 appearances to help Arsenal to a fifth-placed finish.

The rise to prominence of David Herd eventually limited his opportunities and Tapscott returned home to Wales with Cardiff City, joining the Bluebirds for £10,000 in September 1958.

During his time at Highbury, the striker won 12 caps with his national side  and gained further international honours at Cardiff.