Tommy Coakley

Scottish winger Tommy Coakley played in Arsenal's first ever League Cup match at home to Gillingham in September 1966.

Starting with Possilpark Juniors, he moved via Motherwell to Arsenal in May 1966 and made his league debut in place of Alan Skirton in the 1-0 win at home to Aston Villa three months later.

He scored once in nine First Division games for the Gunners prior to joining Detroit Cougars in December 1967, before playing for Morton and Chelmsford City.

Later managing Maldon, Bishop's Stortford, Walsall and Blakenall, he was a bookmaker in Willenhall and co-owner of a golf centre in Lichfield. (With thanks to Leigh Edwards)

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