The 300 Club: The Finale

The 300 Club: The Finale

In this the Final edition of the 300+ club we will be looking at some of the English Players who wore that Famous Red Jersey with Pride a striker turned winger in Paul Merson and three of the Famous Four in defense with Mr. Arsenal Tony Adamas and Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn. Also, we will have the briefest of looks at  Frank McLintock and George Armstrong  
 Tony Adams 
“Play for the name on the front of the shirt and they will remember the name on the back.” Indeed, this is what this Arsenal Legend did this one club man made 504 appearances for the club over 19seasons scoring 48 goals, George Graham made Adams captain at 21 and for more than a decade he would go on to be the best Centre-Back the club has ever seen, he had formed a formidable partnership with Steve Bould playing together for eleven years, Under Graham as manager Adams would win 2 Football League First Division titles, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cups and a European Cup Winners Cup. One of Adams most famous goals under Graham came in the FA Cup Semi-Final game against Spurs in 93 Adams met Paul Merson’s free kick at the far post to score the winner with a thumping header. Under Wenger Adams would go on to win a further two premier league titles and two FA cups again like his goal against spurs he would score another memorable one this time against Everton in the last game of the season in 98, Bould put his Centre-back partner through on goal with a perfect ball over the top Adams finished with a clinical half-volley an iconic Highbury moment, the arms-aloft celebration is captured in a statue outside Arsenal’s new stadium. Adams retired at the end of the 2002 season, since retiring he has gone on to manage a number of clubs the most recent being Granada. 
 Paul Merson 
These days this Arsenal Legend can be seen regularly on Sky Sports while he isn’t there most polished pundit he one of their more likeable it can only be Paul Merson his time at Arsenal saw him make 327 appearances scoring 78 goals, Merson in his first full season at arsenal in 87 saw him make 15 appearances scoring 5 goals, the following nine seasons at the club only 3 of them saw him reach double digits in terms of goals he was no Henry or Wright in terms of scoring, he did however  had many attributes he was a very intelligent and gifted player, who could run at defenders with pace and power, hit accurate raking forty-yard cross field passes, had great control and clever movement and his time at Arsenal did prove to be a successful one winning Two First Division Titles, FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup. Wengers first full season at the club in 97 would turn out to be Mersons last season, one of the games that season was the game between Arsenal and Chelsea and Merson would play a major part in the game scoring once and his corner being met by Keown. After he left Arsenal he went on to play for Middlesbrough, Villa and Portsmouth among others before joining Sky. 
 Lee Dixon & Nigel Winterburn 
This Englishman made a total of 619 appearances for Arsenal at the time of his retirement scoring 25 goals in his 15 seasons at the club, George Graham signed Dixon for Arsenal from Stoke for £350,000 in January 1988, a right back by trade he bombed forward when the opportunity presented itself at the same time knowing his main job was to defend and knew when not to go forward something modern day footballers such as Walker, Coleman, and even Bellerin can’t seem to be able to do in reading the game. Dixon, who has won four league titles, three FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup during his time at the club. Dixon these days can be seen working for ITV covering England Games and on NBC Sports. 
“Nigel is a consummate professional and to lose a player who has dedicated 13 years of outstanding service to this club is a great loss. In an age where many players are eager to move from one club to another, Nigel has shown remarkable commitment to us. Nigel is a special character and I have to say that I, and undoubtedly the fans, did not want him to leave.” The words of Arsene Wenger on Nigel Winterburn, arriving from Wimbledon in 87 Winterburn would spend 13 successful years at the club like Dixon above Winterburn would be instrumental in the Gunners Defense over the years in the left-back position the highlight of his Arsenal career under Wenger coming in 98 winning the League and FA Cup, Winterburn himself has said on many occasions the 1989 game against Liverpool was the standout game of my career and one I will never – could never – forget. After leaving Arsenal he went on to play for West Ham. 
 Frank McLintock and George Armstrong  
Frank McLintock had already made over 200 league and cup appearances for Leicester City when, aged 24, before moving to Arsenal in 1964, McLintock’s on-pitch demeanor demanded respect, he was made club captain in the 68-69 season, He lifted Arsenal’s first silverware since 1953 when leading the side to victory in the 1970 Fairs Cup, he would go on to win the League and FA Cup the following year, in his nine seasons at the club he made over 314 Appearances. After he left Arsenal he went onto play for QPR before retiring, in later years he worked for sky as part of the Original Soccer Saturday panel. 
George Armstrong signed in August 1961 after trails as an inside forward, has made his name as a fast wingman, held the club’s appearance record before it was passed by David O’Leary and Tony Adams, he made 500 appearances for the club, Armstrongs most successful season at the club came in the 70-71 season winning the League and FA Cup
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