Jimmy Brain

Jimmy Brain is one of Arsenal's greatest-ever goalscorers.

The prolific striker scored 139 goals in 232 appearances, ranking him joint fifth alongside Ted Drake among the Club's finest marksmen.

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Name Jimmy Brain
Arsenal Career 1923 - 1931
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Appearances 232 (232 starts, 0 as a sub)
Goals 139

Brain was the first Arsenal player to score 100 league goals after joining from Welsh club Ton Petre in May 1923.

Despite being courted by Tottenham Hotspur, Brain plumped for the Gunners - a decision he could not regret after etching his name into the history books.

A coal miner in his youth, Brain made his debut against Spurs in October 1924 and got another one over the Gunners' north London rivals by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

The striker netted 12 times in 28 league appearances in his debut season and stepped up his efforts the following campaign.

He became the first player to break through the 30-goal barrier with 34 league strikes in the 1925/26 season, which remains the third most prolific individual season in the Club's history.

Brain followed that up with another 31 goals the following season before firing another 25 in 1927/28.

His form in front of goal also helped Arsenal reach the 1927 FA Cup final, which they lost 1-0 against Cardiff City at Wembley.

He was the Gunners' top goalscorer for four seasons running and hit 121 goals in 177 matches in all competitions during this period, making him one of only nine players to top the Club's scoring charts more than three times.

But Brain was eventually forced to relinquish his place in the first team with David Jack, Jack Lambert and David Halliday all playing more games in the 1929/30 campaign. He played six times without scoring.

There would be a fitting ending to his Highbury career. Although still a fringe player, Brain's 16 appearances were enough to earn him a First Division winners' medal as the Gunners clinched the 1930/31 title under Herbert Chapman.

Brain joined Tottenham for £2,500 in September 1931, spending three full seasons at White Hart Lane before spells with Swansea and Bristol City. Upon retirement he managed Kings Lynn and Cheltenham Town.