Cliff Bastin Grabs His First Arsenal Goal On This Day, 4th January 1930


Cliff Bastin’s school football team photo, the Arsenal legend is centre of bottom row

On this day in 1930, two months after making his official first team debut, Cliff Bastin scored the first of a record breaking 178 goals for The Arsenal.

The Devonian had scored twice in a friendly against Nottingham Forest but did not feature in the starting XI until the visit to Goodison Park on 5th October 1929. He played in the following match against Derby County but had to wait until the Boxing Day visit of Portsmouth to Highbury before he sealed a regular place in the first XI. He had to wait two more games before scoring against Sheffield Wednesday. The rest, as they say, is history.