Primrose Returns To Arsenal On This Day, 2nd July 1977

Robert Primrose Wilson, goalkeeping hero to many, proved to be an astute sporting broadcaster. His nascent career for the British Broadcasting Corporation was temporarily put on hold but not for long.

Arsenal were experiencing a lean spell following his initial retirement with Geoff Barnett and Jimmy Rimmer amongst those who found Bob’s shoes too big to fill. Such was Terry Neill’s desperation through the lack of cover and injury, that he needed to ask Bob to come out of retirement to provide cover.

It was short-lived as Pat Jennings arrived a month later for what would prove to be a bargain at £40,000. Wilson’s services to the club were left to coaching, duties he carried out commendably for close to three decades.


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