Arsenal launched The 100 Club on Friday, to formally recognise some of the Club's greatest former players.

Seventy-one retired players with more than 100 league appearances have been enrolled in The 100 Club, which was launched by Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick and 1971 Double-winning goalkeeper Bob Wilson.

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Legends attending the launch event included two more goalkeepers - Jimmy Rimmer and John Lukic - with defenders Billy McCullough, Lauren and Club appearance record holder David O’Leary also present.

Former midfielders included Michael Thomas, whose goal sealed the 1989 league triumph at Liverpool, Invincibles star Robert Pires and Alan Skirton.

Also enjoying the celebrations were forwards Tony Woodcock, John Radford and Alan Smith.

The 100 Club
The 100 Club

At 78, Billy ‘Flint’ McCullough was the oldest player in attendance. Alex Forbes, 88 and the last surviving member of the 1950 FA Cup-winning team, who now lives in South Africa, is the oldest member of The 100 Club.

In their time with Arsenal, The 100 Club members contributed to 20 of the Club’s 27 major trophies. Their combined appearances total 16,122 over 54 seasons.

Welcoming the players to Emirates Stadium, Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “It is a pleasure to welcome such an esteemed group of former players to The 100 Club. The faces in attendance bring back so many happy memories for everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club.

“It is only right that as we continue to evolve and aim for new honours and success, we remember those former players that helped make Arsenal what it is today. I look forward to seeing members of The 100 Club at future matches.”

Led by a committee of Bob Wilson, Pat Rice and Frank McLintock, The 100 Club will provide its members with an ongoing official forum to engage with Arsenal, and regular opportunities to attend matches at Emirates Stadium and official Club events.

In addition, an executive box is being transformed into The 100 Club for regular use by members. This will be available for hire by supporters at some matches.

Bob Wilson, former Arsenal goalkeeper and The 100 Club committee member said: “The Club was very receptive when Pat Rice, Frank McLintock and I started to talk through how such a large group of ex-players could still feel engaged and part of The Arsenal in its present day existence, and we are beyond delighted to be here today at the launch of this very special club.

“Arsenal is a club steeped in history, tradition and class, and I know that every member of The 100 Club is delighted to have a continued official connection. We’re one big family and are very much looking forward to seeing the familiar faces at Emirates Stadium on a matchday and at future events.”

All members of The 100 Club have received specially-designed red-and-white ties. In future all players with 100 Arsenal league appearances to their names will automatically be enrolled in The 100 Club when they finish their playing careers, and will be presented with the official tie.

Current members of The 100 Club are as follows:

The 100 Club

Player Career Total Arsenal Apps
Alex Forbes 1948-1956 217
Vic Groves  1955-1964 185 
David Herd 1955-1961  166 
John Barnwell 1957-1964  138 
Billy McCullough 1958-1966  253 
Jimmy Magill 1959-1965  116 
Terry Neill 1960-1970  241 
Alan Skirton 1960-1966  145 
George Eastham 1960-1966  207 
Jonny MacLeod 1961-1964  101 
David Court 1962-1970  175 
Bob Wilson 1963-1974  234
Jim Furnell 1963-1968  141
Ian Ure 1963-1969  168
Jon Sammels 1963-1971  215 
John Radford  1964-1976  379 
Peter Simpson  1964-1978  370 
Frank McLintock  1964-1973  314 
Peter Storey  1965-1977  391 
George Graham  1966-1972  227 
Bob McNab  1966-1975  278 
Pat Rice  1967-1980  397 
Eddie Kelly  1969-1975  175 
Charlie George  1969-1975  133 
Ray Kennedy  1969-1974  158 
Sammy Nelson  1969-1981  255 
David Price  1973-1981  126 
Liam Brady  1973-1980  235 
Jimmy Rimmer  1974-1977  124 
Frank Stapleton  1975-1981  225 
David O'Leary  1975-1993  558 
Graham Rix  1977-1988  351 
Pat Jennings  1977-1984  237 
Willie Young  1977-1981  170 
Alan Sunderland  1977-1983  206 
John Hollins  1979-1983  127 
Brian Talbot  1979-1985  254 
Paul Davis  1980-1994  351 
Kenny Sansom  1980-1988  314 
Stewart Robson  1981-1986  151 
Tony Woodcock  1982-1986  131 
Charlie Nicholas  1983-1987  151 
Tony Adams  1983-2002  504 
John Lukic  1984-1990  241 
Viv Anderson  1984-1987  120 
Martin Hayes  1985-1990  102 
Paul Merson  1986-1997  327
Perry Groves  1986-1992  156
Alan Smith  1987-1995  264 
Michael Thomas 1987-1991  163 
Nigel Winterburn  1987-2000  440 
Kevin Campbell  1988-1995  166 
Lee Dixon 1988-2002  458
Steve Bould 1988-1999  287 
David Seaman 1990-2003  405 
Andy Linighan  1990-1996  118 
David Hillier  1990-1996  104 
Ian Wright  1991-1998  221 
Ray Parlour  1992-2004  333 
Martin Keown  1993-2004  332 
Dennis Bergkamp  1995-2006  315 
Patrick Vieira  1996-2005  279 
Gilles Grimandi  1997-2002  114 
Marc Overmars  1997-2000  100 
Freddie Ljungberg  1998-2007  216 
Nwankwo Kanu  1999-2004  119 
Sylvain Wiltord  2000-2004  106 
Robert Pires  2000-2006  189 
Lauren  2000-2006  159 
Sol Cambell  2001-2006  146 
Jens Lehmann  2003-2011  148 

A further 20 players will become members of ‘The 100 Club’ when they finish their careers.

The 100 Club (still playing)

Player Career Total Arsenal Apps
Ashley Cole  1999-2006  156 
Thierry Henry  1999-2007  258 
Kolo Toure  2002-2009  225 
Gilberto  2002-2008  170 
Cesc Fabregas  2003-2011  212 
Gael Clichy  2003-2011  187 
Robin van Persie  2004-2012  194 
Manuel Almunia  2004-2012  109 
Mathieu Flamini  2004-2008  109 
Nicklas Bendtner  2005-2013  101 
Alex Song  2005-2012  138 
Emmanuel Eboue  2005-2011  132 
Theo Walcott  2006-2013  181 
Tomas Rosicky  2006-2013  129 
Abou Diaby  2006-2013  123 
Emmanuel Adebayor  2006-2009  104 
William Gallas  2006-2010  101 
Bacary Sagna  2007-2013  182 
Aaron Ramsey  2008-2013  119 
Andrey Arshavin  2009-2013  105 
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