Alfred Crowe

Alfred 'Happy' Crowe's goalscoring record at reserve level was spectacular - and he managed to transfer it to his first-team appearances.

But the prolific local-born centre forward was not able to sustain a regular place in the side, despite scoring twice on his debut and four times in his six competitive matches for the Club.

Joining from North Woolwich Invicta in August 1903, Crowe enjoyed a debut to remember with a brace against Sheffield Wednesday in October 1904.

It was just reward for some fine displays in the South Eastern League, where the striker plundered 56 goals in just 52 matches. He also hit 33 in 39 London League reserve games.

Crowe scored five in one reserve game during the 1904/05 season but was still unable to force his way into Phil Kelso's plans on a regular basis.

He scored on his final league appearance against Birmingham City in a 2-1 defeat in October 1905 before leaving in 1906.


"Looking at Happy Crowe's record he must be one of the all time greats. Family legend has it that he scored a hat-trick and was chaired around Woolwich after the game. Still, at least I can say that my great grandad played for The Arsenal."
Stuart Creed, France

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