Peter Nicholas

When Peter Nicholas joined Arsenal in March 1981 he was an instant hit with the Arsenal fans.

The Gunners had won just three of their previous 14 games but when the curly-haired midfielder came into the side Terry Neill's team only dropped another two points in their remaining nine fixtures that season.

Nicholas' effort was unrelenting, his tackling fearless and his tenacity nullified the creativity of many opposition players.

He won a record 73 Welsh international caps and was a regular for Arsenal in his first two full seasons with the Club. But he didn't feature at the start of the 1983/84 campaign and re-joined former-club Crystal Palace that October.



"I have only visited Portman Road on one occasion but the goal scored by Nicholas that sunny day was memorable - a veritable rocket that would have travelled for miles if the net hadn't been there. A great 2-0 win as Ipswich were battling for the First Division title with Aston Villa. Villa were eventual champions despite Arsenal beating them 2-0 as well on the last day of the season."
Neil Stanbra, Evesham

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