Arthur Stevens

1921-2007

Arthur Stevens became only the third player to score a century of goals for the Club, a remarkable feat for a winger.

He played for Wimbledon in 1937, Brentford two years later and Sutton United in 1940 before coming to the Cottage in 1941 as an amateur.

He turned professional in December 1943 but the Second World War took him overseas.

Stevens played regularly in the side from 1946, and for 12 years was an automatic choice. With his peculiar running style, he would centre accurately at great speed or cut in for a shot at goal.

He nearly moved to Chelsea in 1949 in exchange for Tommy Lawton, but rejected the move, remaining a regular in the Team which won the Second Division title that year. He also starred in the run to the FA Cup Semi-Final in 1958.

Lost his place in the First Team to Graham Leggat but remained on the Coaching staff until Vic Buckingham’s arrival in January 1965.

He died in 2007 at the age of 86.