On 28 February 1970, versatile midfielder, David Court, played his final game for Arsenal.
Born 1 March 1944, Court joined Arsenal in 1959 as a schoolboy, signing his first professional contract with the club in 1962.
Starting his football career as a forward, Court was a decent goalscorer for Arsenal’s reserves. However, he wasn’t given his first League appearance until eight months later, when Aston Villa beat the Gunners 3-1. He only featured 14 times over the next two seasons.
The versatile midfielder played in every outfield position during his time in north London. Manager at the time, Billy Wright, preferred to play him on the right wing, where he played 35 times before being moved to right-back, where he featured 38.
Wright’s successor, Bertie Mee, then continued to use Court as a utility player after Wright was dismissed. However, he only featured 31 times over the next two seasons.
After returning to being a first team regular in 1968/69 and playing 51 games in one season, Court featured in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon Town, which Arsenal lost 3-1.
During his entire time at Arsenal, he made 204 appearances and scored 18 goals.
Unfortunately, Court picked up an injury during the 1969/70 season and was eventually sold to Luton Town in 1970 for £30,000.
Court stayed with Luton for two seasons before spending time at Barnet and then Brentford before retiring from football and moving into the financial sector.
He returned to Arsenal in 1996 as Assistant Head of Youth Development and Assistant Academy Director alongside Liam Brady.