Football Ambassador: The Autobiography of an Arsenal Legend Paperback – 30 Nov 2009
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From the Back Cover
Signed by Herbert Chapman from Kettering Town for £950, Eddie Hapgood, the part-time milkman, joined Arsenal in 1927 and made a total of 440 appearances in both league and cup before retiring in 1944. In addition he captained England for 34 of his 43 international caps.
Football Ambassador was the first football autobiography and was written at the end of a long and successful career for both club and country.
Hapgood tells the story of his career, introduces the great players of his era and recounts his experiences with Arsenal and England with both honesty and a touch of humour.
Eddie Hapgood remains sixteenth on Arsenal's all-time appearance list, a central figure in the side that dominated English football in the 1930's, a true gentleman and an Arsenal legend.
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Top Customer Reviews
For those Arsenal fans not familiar with the name of Eddie Hapgood or the role he played for Arsenal in the all-conquering era of the 1930s then it's time you found out.
As captain of Arsenal and England, Eddie Hapgood was the Tony Adams of his generation. In addition to his Arsenal honours (5 league championships and 2 FA Cup winners medals), Hapgood was capped 43 times for England. This might not sound too impressive until you appreciate that this was before the days of Englands participation on the World Cup and before the European Championships even existed. In today terms 43 caps would equate to more than 100.
This country has produced few full-backs as good as Eddie Hapgood and fewer still have worn the red and white of Arsenal.
This book was used by Arsenal Football Club as one of the gifts in their membership pack for the 2010/2011 season. As such many fans will now own a copy. For those who don't I recommend this as money well spent.
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A blue plaque commemorating the life of ace Bristol footballer Eddie Hapgood is on the move because its current home is being demolished. Read morePublished on 1 April 2014 by Paul Townsend