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Frank Stapleton

Frank Stapleton

Clubs played for: Arsenal, Manchester United, Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, Aldershot, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Brighton. (1974-1994)

Born: 1956

Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Position: Forward

Biography: Republic of Ireland international and great header of the ball who was acquired from Arsenal for a tribunal set £900,000 in August 1981, almost a decade after he had an unsuccessful trial at Old Trafford. Frank Stapleton. He was bought to succeed Joe Jordan. He became a Fans' Favourite and helped the club to win two FA Cups in 1983 and 1985. He scored against Brighton and became the first player to score for different clubs in Wembley Finals. Soon after Brian McClair arrived at the club, he moved to Ajax on the recommendation of former team mate, Arnold Muhren. Managed at Bradford City, was QPR reserve team coach, then managed New England in the MLS. Was also a specialist coach at Bolton and is now a media pundit and after dinner speaker, living in Manchester.




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Stapleton, Frank The junior Arsenal football team was at my 16th birthday party in Iran. Frank Stapleton was one of the players. The small British community there at the time, made rosettes, and went along to support the team. They turned up at my party, with crates of beer and a good night was had by all. Never saw any of them again. I did have a ticket, which most of them signed. It disintegrated over the years.
I do have a photo somewhere, of me and the team at the party.
16-02-21Diana Stevens

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