Following our game against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, club legend Paul Davis will be launching his new autobiography in The Armoury, as well signing copies for those supporters keen to learn more about one of our most iconic midfielders.
Paul’s memoir Arsenal and After takes us on a near-50 year journey at the top of the game: giving his take on an extraordinary and memorable period in our history, during which the club and football changed radically and forever around him.
He won titles and cups during his 16 seasons at Highbury but, to do so, had to battle against career-threatening injuries and handle the frustrations and injustices of the worst kinds of club and dressing room politics.
His subsequent experiences as a coach and as a coach-developer have been just as challenging, just as emotionally charged, and just as significant.
Paul also talks candidly about his family history which was – and still is – a mystery to him. He never knew anything about his father while his mother brought him up on a council estate in south London, and he was already a senior player when he discovered he had siblings left behind in Jamaica while his mother sought a new life in the UK.
As a teenager, Paul was often the only black player wearing our colours, or even on the pitch. With that came challenges, and the fight for recognition has been part of the Davis story ever since. His own emotional experiences are the lens through which he now looks back on everything he’s achieved as a player, as a coach and as an educator.
Head to The Armoury between 4pm and 5.30pm to meet Paul and grab a copy of Arsenal and After.
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