Dean Hits Sixty As Charles Buchan Of Arsenal Retires On This Day, 5th May 1928

05051928 Charlie Buchan Retires 4When I was a youngster, Dixie Dean’s sixty goal season for Everton was the stuff of legends. How could a player manage that? It was a big deal when players got to the late-twenties in their goal tally for a season in the mid-70s. My mind may be playing tricks but I seem to recall a national newspaper offering a reward if a First Division player managed that feat, Bob Latchford duly doing so.

Dean went into this match with fifty-seven goals to his name, needing two to equal George Camsell’s record of fifty-nine set the previous season. He surpassed that as the game entered it’s dying stages, heading in number sixty with eight minutes to go.

All of which meant that Charles Buchan’s last game would be overshadowed but never forgotten. Having left Woolwich Arsenal to move to Sunderland following a disagreement with George Morrell over expenses, he returned to the club in July 1925. Buchan scored 56 times in his 120 Arsenal appearances over his three seasons in the first team. During that time, the club’s fortunes began to transform although he was denied silverware when Arsenal lost the 1927 FA Cup Final.

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