Brendon Batson

Brendon Batson

Right back Brendon Batson was Arsenal's first black player.

After signing professional terms for the Gunners in January 1971, he made his league debut in the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United in March 1972.

Batson struggled for regular first-team football at Highbury as understudy to the long-serving Pat Rice and, after 10 First Division appearances, he joined Cambridge United in January 1974.

Batson starred in their 1976/77 Fourth Division title triumph and followed manager Ron Atkinson to West Brom in February 1978.

The England B international featured in three UEFA Cup campaigns. When a knee injury ended his playing career he became the PFA’s deputy chief executive.

Batson then rejoined West Brom for a spell as chief executive. (With thanks to Leigh Edwards)

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