Ernest Cottrell

Ernest Cottrell boasted an impressive goalscoring record for Arsenal, even with first-team appearances limited.

The forward scored 12 times in 24 appearances over his three-year spell after joining in May 1898.

He made his league debut in a 2-0 victory over Small Heath in November that year but struggled for opportunities thereafter.

Cottrell was more of a regular in friendlies and the Kent League where he scored 42 goals in 59 matches - but when called upon he often produced for the first team too.

Indeed, Cottrell scored the winner on his final league appearance for the Club against Birmingham in April 1901.

He transferred to Watford the following month before playing for Fulham and Willesden Town. He continued his trade as a painter after football and was a gas instructor during the First World War.

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