Arsenal Launches ‘The 100 Club’

The Arsenal 100 Club

The Arsenal 100 Club

Arsenal launched ‘The 100 Club’ today (Friday, 1 November), to formally recognise some of the Club’s greatest former players.

Seventy-one retired players with more than 100 league appearances have been enrolled in The 100 Club, which was formally launched by Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick and 1971 Double-winning goalkeeper Bob Wilson.

Legends attending the launch event included two more goalkeepers – Jimmy Rimmer and John Lukic – with defenders Billy McCullough, Lauren and Club appearance record holder David O’Leary also present.

Former midfielders included Michael Thomas, whose goal sealed the 1989 league triumph at Liverpool, Invincibles star Robert Pires and Alan Skirton.

Also enjoying the celebrations were forwards Tony Woodcock, John Radford and Alan Smith.

At 78, Billy ‘Flint’ McCullough was the oldest player in attendance. Alex Forbes, 88 and the last surviving member of the 1950 FA Cup-winning team, who now lives in South Africa, is the oldest member of The 100 Club.

In their time with Arsenal, The 100 Club members contributed to 20 of the Club’s 27 major trophies. Their combined appearances total is 16,122 over 54 seasons.

Welcoming the players to Emirates Stadium, Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “It is a pleasure to welcome such an esteemed group of former players to The 100 Club. The faces in attendance bring back so many happy memories for everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club.

“It is only right that as we continue to evolve and aim for new honours and success, we remember those former players that helped make Arsenal what it is today. I look forward to seeing members of The 100 Club at future matches.”

Led by a committee of Bob Wilson, Pat Rice and Frank McLintock, The 100 Club will provide its members with an ongoing official forum to engage with Arsenal, and regular opportunities to attend matches at Emirates Stadium and official Club events.

In addition, an executive box is being transformed into The 100 Club for regular use by members. This will be available for hire by supporters at some matches.

Bob Wilson, former Arsenal goalkeeper and The 100 Club committee member said: “The Club was very receptive when Pat Rice, Frank McLintock and I started to talk through how such a large group of ex-players could still feel engaged and part of The Arsenal in its present day existence, and we are beyond delighted to be here today at the launch of this very special club.

“Arsenal is a club steeped in history, tradition and class, and I know that every member of The 100 Club is delighted to have a continued official connection. We’re one big family and are very much looking forward to seeing the familiar faces at Emirates Stadium on a matchday and at future events.”

All members of The 100 Club have received specially-designed red-and-white ties. In future all players with 100 Arsenal league appearances to their names will automatically be enrolled in The 100 Club when they finish their playing careers, and will be presented with the official tie.

The 100 Club

Player Career Total Arsenal Apps
Alex Forbes 1948-1956 217
Vic Groves 1955-1964 185
David Herd 1955-1961 166
John Barnwell 1957-1964 138
Billy McCullough 1958-1966 253
Jimmy Magill 1959-1965 116
George Eastham 1960-1966 241
Alan Skirton 1960-1966 145
Terry Neill 1960-1970 207
Jonny MacLeod 1961-1964 101
David Court 1962-1970 175
Jim Furnell 1963-1968 234
Ian Ure 1963-1969 141
Bob Wilson 1963-1974 168
Jon Sammels 1963-1971 215
Frank McLintock 1964-1973 379
Peter Simpson 1964-1978 370
John Radford 1964-1976 314
Peter Storey 1965-1977 391
Bob McNab 1966-1975 227
George Graham 1966-1972 278
Pat Rice 1967-1980 397
Sammy Nelson 1969-1981 175
Charlie George 1969-1975 133
Eddie Kelly 1969-1975 158
Ray Kennedy 1969-1974 255
David Price 1973-1981 126
Liam Brady 1973-1980 235
Jimmy Rimmer 1974-1977 124
Frank Stapleton 1975-1981 225
David O’Leary 1975-1993 558
Pat Jennings 1977-1984 351
Willie Young 1977-1981 237
Alan Sunderland 1977-1983 170
Graham Rix 1977-1988 206
John Hollins 1979-1983 127
Brian Talbot 1979-1985 254
Kenny Sansom 1980-1988 351
Paul Davis 1980-1994 314
Stewart Robson 1981-1986 151
Tony Woodcock 1982-1986 131
Charlie Nicholas 1983-1987 151
Tony Adams 1983-2002 504
Viv Anderson 1984-1987 241
John Lukic 1984-1990 120
Martin Hayes 1985-1990 102
Perry Groves 1986-1992 327
Paul Merson 1986-1997 156
Alan Smith 1987-1995 264
Nigel Winterburn 1987-2000 163
Michael Thomas 1987-1991 440
Steve Bould 1988-1999 166
Lee Dixon 1988-2002 458
Kevin Campbell 1988-1995 287
Andy Linighan 1990-1996 405
David Seaman 1990-2003 118
David Hillier 1990-1996 104
Ian Wright 1991-1998 221
Ray Parlour 1992-2004 333
Martin Keown 1993-2004 332
Dennis Bergkamp 1995-2006 315
Patrick Vieira 1996-2005 279
Gilles Grimandi 1997-2002 114
Marc Overmars 1997-2000 100
Freddie Ljungberg 1998-2007 216
Nwankwo Kanu 1999-2004 119
Robert Pires 2000-2006 106
Sylvain Wiltord 2000-2004 189
Lauren 2000-2006 159
Sol Cambell 2001-2006 146
Jens Lehmann 2003-2011 148

 
A further 20 players will become members of ‘The 100 Club’ when they finish their careers.

Player Career Total Arsenal Apps
Ashley Cole 1999-2006 156
Thierry Henry 1999-2007 258
Kolo Toure 2002-2009 225
Gilberto 2002-2008 170
Cesc Fabregas 2003-2011 212
Gael Clichy 2003-2011 187
Robin van Persie 2004-2012 194
Manuel Almunia 2004-2012 109
Mathieu Flamini 2004-2008 109
Nicklas Bendtner 2005-2013 101
Alex Song 2005-2012 138
Emmanuel Eboue 2005-2011 132
Theo Walcott 2006-2013 181
Tomas Rosicky 2006-2013 129
Abou Diaby 2006-2013 123
Emmanuel Adebayor 2006-2009 104
William Gallas 2006-2010 101
Bacary Sagna 2007-2013 182
Aaron Ramsey 2008-2013 119
Andrey Arshavin 2009-2013 105