On October 8, 2015 numerous Arsenal starsof yesteryear will come together at Emirates Stadium to celebrate the career of one of the Gunners' great midfielders, Eddie Kelly. Eddie travelled to north London to sign as an aprentice aged 15 in 1966 and left the club 10 years later with 222 games under his belt, 19 goals, the 'double' and the Fairs Cup. Famously, he grabbed an equalising in extra time in the 1971 FA Cup Final - the first-ever substitute to score in the final - and he also scored a crucial winner against Stoke in the penultimate matchof the league campaign to propel Bertie Mee's team to the title.
"Eddie remains one of the legends of Arsenal Football Club," says his skipper in that famous season Frank McLintock. "I remember clearly his arrival at the Club when he was only 15, at last I had someone who could understand my Scottish brogue! And he came through the youth ranks to play a crucial role in us becoming only the second team in 72 years to win the 'double', which was very difficult to do back then.
"Eddie was a terrific player," Frank adds"He was knowledgeable about the game and a great asset to the Club. But like many players of that era he has found it difficult after his football career, which was certainly not as lucrative as it istodayand often very challenging to find a career after retiring".
"We are delighted to have the oppurtunity to hold an event in Eddie's honour at Emirates Stadium and welcome all suporters to what will be a very memorable and nostalgic evening," says Frank.
“What a great ‘Sparks’ trip and much credit to you for all your hard work not only in getting us there but throughout the 3/4/5 days keeping us all in the right place at the right time during the daylight hours. It was all fantastic after the sun went down but I know you were both working behind the scenes in preparation for the next round of golf, etc. I admire your patience in dealing with so many aspects of the event and I sincerely hope you will there again next year. Our travel arrangements were seamless and a big 'Thank You' for always handling our requests calmly.”
“I just wanted to say, we all had a fantastic time at the Footballers Golf Classic and meet a lot of wonderful people. The event was ran and organised to the highest standards and having played in numerous such events over the past 25 years, I can honestly say yours is right there at the top of the list. I have asked my admin to forward a cheque for my deposit for next year and look forward to participating once again.”
Danny Hall Chairman