Ex-Arsenal winger Alan Skirton – nicknamed ‘Highbury Express’ – dies

Arsenal have paid tribute to former player Alan Skirton, who died on Monday at the age of 80.

Skirton, who was nicknamed ‘The Highbury Express’, scored 54 goals in 154 appearances for the Gunners between 1959 and 1966.

He was Arsenal’s top scorer in the 1961/62 season with 19 goals in 38 Division One appearances, and also had the honour of scoring the club’s first goal at Highbury in a competitive European fixture. 

Arsenal inducted Skirton into their ‘100 Club’ – players who have made more than a century of appearances for the first team.

A club statement read: ‘He was a huge personality who touched so many, and he will be sorely missed by his wife Jane, sons Andrew, Paul and Simon, and daughter Debbie.

‘Alan will be remembered as a true gentleman and we will all miss him.’

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