Youthful Ambitions At Arsenal On This Day, 18th July 1962

The main thrust of the story concerns Vince Adams, a trainee who had left Chesterfield to try to break into the big times. But it might also refer to the hopes and ambitions of newly-appointed Arsenal manager, Billy Wright. The optimism in both cases shines through.

Not through lack of effort, they both failed in achieving their dreams. Adams left the club to return to ‘unlovely Chesterfield’ – I am sure the denizens of that Derbyshire town must love the description, a Betjeman-esque condemnation – in November 1965, never having played for the first team. It is interesting the enduring friendships that players make as this story from 2005 reflects.

Whilst there, he was a member of the 1964-65 losing FA Youth Cup final squad, Arsenal losing on that occasion by a 3 – 2 aggregate score to Everton. He had left the club by the time Arsenal won that trophy for the first time a year later.

After Chesterfield, as far as I have been able to find out, he moved around the Derbyshire non-league football scene, playing for Matlock Town and Alfreton Town. The last record shows him as manager of Lincolnshire side Deeping Rangers, his reign ending in 2006.

And Wright’s reign ended at the end of the same season, his departure covered here.