Margate Become Arsenal’s Nursery Club On This Day, 16th June 1934

It was not unusual in the 1930s for First Division clubs to have arrangements with a non-league counterpart for developing players, Northfleet were Tottenham’s nursery club for example.

Arsenal had links with Margate before this; Gerry Keizer, a Dutch goalkeeper from Ajax, played for the East Kent club in 1930 before moving to Arsenal and becoming the first European player in the Football League.

According to the history of Margate FC, George Allison had a daughter at a local school and the ties were built through friendships in the area. More information can be found in the Soccer History magazine’s article.