Alan Skirton

Alan Skirton was a prolific winger during his Arsenal days.The Bath-born wide man scored an admirable 53 goals in his 153 starts for the Club after joining from his hometown team for £5,000 in January 1959. Skirton - known as the 'Highbury Express' during his seven-year tenure - was a regular source of goals for the likes of George Eastham. Skirton’s Highbury career started badly when he contracted pneumonia and pleurisy and was out of action for a whole year.But he bounced back and finally made his league debut in a 3-2 defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the 1960/61 season.He shared a role on the right wing with Danny Clapton that year and made 16 appearances before ousting his team-mate the following campaign.George Swindin's decision to stick with Skirton paid dividends as he plundered 19 goals in the 1961/62 season to make him Arsenal's top goalscorer.The arrival of Johnny Macleod eventually saw Skirton move out to the left wing, before youngster George Armstrong burst onto the scene.He eventually transferred to Blackpool for £65,000 in September 1966 before playing for Bristol City, Torquay, Durban City and Weymouth. Upon retirement Skirton became a commercial manager at Weymouth, Bath City and finally, Yeovil.

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