Stories such as these were not unusual in the press half a century or more ago. Schoolboy dreams, hopes and aspirations. Sometimes, the stories work out either at Arsenal or as the fates have it, elsewhere, as the Len Shackleton story from 1938 shows.
This one is sadly one of those which appears not to have. The dreams were dashed for Louis Delaney although some of that might be down to the outbreak of World War 2. He made two wartime league appearances for the club in 1944 in the 1 – 4 defeat against Brentford and in 1946 in a 1 – 2 defeat against Leicester City.
Delaney left the club without making any other first team appearances, signing for Crystal Palace in 1949. He fared a little better making three appearances in his year at Selhurst Park before signing for Bedford Town in 1950 who were managed by former Arsenal striker, Ronnie Rooke. The pair would have know each other from their time at Highbury, as well as signings Johnny Holland and Frank Boulton who were also at Bedford.
Beyond his season in the heart of England, little is immediately available on what happened to Delaney. Did he carry on playing elsewhere? I wonder how he felt about his years at Arsenal? Success, failure, grateful at having been given the chance to live the dream? I hope so, his family made the sacrifices to move south of the border to facilitate joining Arsenal. I hope they were proud of their son / sibling.