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.
“Just to echo the others an utterly breath-taking experience that ran smoothly form start to finish. It is testament to your organisational skills that everything ran like clockwork, even the late changes to itinerary. I agree with Richard that I would highly recommend to ANYONE if you were to make this a regular event on your travelling calendar. Looking forward to the next adventure but might take some beating!!”
“Just want to say what a great event, yet again, and how much we all, the footballers enjoyed that format and be able to play with each other! We all commented how relaxing and friendly, but competitive the golf was, and of course, there was a worthy, if not unexpected winner!!!!!!!”