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Arsenal old boys, 1986/87 - present

Scott Marshall
Brian Marwood
Eddie McGoldrick
Gavin McGowan
Paul Merson
Alan Miller
Steve Morrow


Scott Marshall left Highbury for Southampton on a free transfer in the 1998/99 pre-season having failed to retain a regular place in the Arsenal first-team since turning professional in March 1991. During 1998/99, Southampton escaped from relegation on the final day of the league season, beating Everton 2-0 at The Dell, but Scott was unable to establish himself as a member of the first-team. He only made 2 league appearances for the South Coast club throughout the campaign and had a loan spell with Scottish Premier League side Glasgow Celtic where he made 2 league appearances. Having failed to make a single league appearance for Southampton during 1999/00, Scott signed for Brentford of Division Two during October 1999 in a 250,000 deal. He made 22 league appearances for the club in his first season and a further 29 followed during 2000/01, when 'The Bees' finished the campaign in seventeenth position.

Brian Marwood (1987/88-1989/90)

Sheffield United signed Brian Marwood in a 350,000 deal during September 1990, having lost his place in the Gunners first-team to new Swedish signing Anders Limpar. He spent two and-a-half years at Bramall Lane, although only making 22 league appearances. Brian had a loan spell with Second Division runners-up Middlesbrough during 1991/92, where he made 3 league appearances, but failed to make the Sheffield United first-team during the following campaign and joined Swindon Town in March 1993. He helped Swindon to gain promotion to the Premiership under Glenn Hoddle, making 11 league appearances during his time at the County Ground. His stay was short-lived and signed for the fellow newly promoted Second Division side, Barnet on a free transfer in the summer of 1993. After playing in 23 league games for Barnet during 1993/94, Brian called a halt on his professional playing career and is now a highly successful co-commentator and football analyst for Sky Sports.


Eddie McGoldrick left Arsenal for First Division Manchester City (40 league appearances) during September 1996 in a cut-price 300,000 deal. He joined up with his former Arsenal team-mate, Paul Dickov, at a club who were aiming to make an immediate return to top-flight football having suffered relegation from the Premiership. It did not plan out that way with City experiencing two seasons of managerial musical chairs where former Arsenal player Alan Ball, Asa Hartford, Steve Coppell, Phil Neal, Frank Clark and Joe Royle all spent periods in the hot-seat. Manchester City finished 10 points short of the play-offs zone during 1996/97 and during 1998/99, Eddie was loaned to fellow First Division side Stockport County (2 league appearances). City were relegated to Division Two on the final day of 1997/98 and during the summer of 1998, when the club underwent a mass clear- out of players, Eddie announced his retirement from the game. Ironically, his last ever appearance in the Football League was for Stockport in a 4-1 away defeat against Manchester City on Saturday, April 4, 1998. In November 2000, he was appointed manager of the Dr Martens League Eastern Division side, Corby Town.


Gavin McGowan left Arsenal for Second Division Luton Town on a free transfer in the summer of 1998, having only made 6 appearances during his time with 'The Gunners'. He appeared 31 times for Luton in the league during 1998/99 but only made a further 13 appearances in a 1999/00 season that was delayed after he sustained injuries to the knee ligaments. In April 2001, shortly after the arrival of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football at Kenilworth Road, Gavin was released on a free transfer as part of a mass clear-out operation. During the 2000/01 campaign, which started with optimism following the return to Kenilworth Road of Ricky Hill as manager, he only made 6 league appearances and could not prevent Luton from suffering their third relegation in ten seasons.


In the summer of 1997, Paul Merson joined First Division Middlesbrough, recently relegated from the Premiership, in a 4,500,000 deal. He made 45 league appearances during 1997/98, helping the club towards an immediate return to the Premiership and a place in the Coca-Cola Cup final. Paul scored in both legs against Liverpool in the Coca-Cola Cup semi-final, with Middlesbrough winning 3-2 on aggregate, but it was Chelsea who had their name engraved on the trophy after a 2-0 (AET) victory in the final. He played in the first 3 Premiership games of 1998/99 for Middlesbrough before handing in a transfer request, which resulted in a 6,750,000 move to Aston Villa. Paul appeared on 26 occasions for Villa in the league during 1998/99, with the club leading the table at the turn of the year but finishing the season in sixth place. He made a further 32 league appearances in 1999/00 to help Villa reach the semi-finals of the Worthington Cup, the final of the FA Cup and sixth place in the league. During 2000/01, Paul had one of his most consistent seasons as a professional, featuring in each one of the clubs 38 league games and as despite a bad start to the season, the club salvaged some pride by finishing in eighth position.

Alan Miller (1992/93-1993/94)

Alan Miller left Arsenal for First Division Middlesbrough in the summer of 1994 for 500,000 having failed to make more than 6 league appearances for 'The Gunners'. He firmly established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper at Middlesbrough during 1994/95 and helped steer the club towards the Division One Championship in his first season. Alan found himself playing second fiddle to Gary Walsh during 1995/96 and had loan spells with Division One side Huddersfield (where he never appeared in the first-team) and First Division Grimsby Town (3 league appearances) during 1996/97. In February 1997, he completed a 400,000 move to First Division West Bromwich Albion, making 98 league appearances over a three-year spell, and began to show the kind of form that made him so highly thought of during his early Arsenal days. He moved to Blackburn Rovers of the First Division in February 2000 for 50,000 but only made a single league appearance for the club in 1999/00. During 2000/01, despite failing to feature in the league for Blackburn, he made 4 league appearances for Second Division Bristol City on loan and also made a substitute appearance in the league during a loan spell with Coventry City. Following the arrival at Ewood Park of Brad Friedel, Alan is now fourth-choice goalkeeper at the club, with Alan Kelly and John Filan also above him in the pecking order.


Steve Morrow signed for First Division Queens Park Rangers from Arsenal in March 1997, initially on loan until the end of the season. A pre-contract permanent deal was arranged with Steve joining QPR for 500,000 in 1997/98 pre-season. The Northern Ireland International, who scored the winning goal for Arsenal against Sheffield Wednesday in the 1993 Coca-Cola Cup final, played 5 times for Rangers in the league before the end of the season but could not help the side in reaching the play-offs. During the relegation- threatened seasons of 1997/98 and 1998/99, Steve made 31 and 24 league appearances respectively and added some much-needed experience to the team. He only managed 7 league appearances during the clubs successful 1999/00 season having sustained injuries to the shoulder ligaments. In March 2001, he joined Second Division Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season having failed to command a regular place in the side at Rangers throughout 2000/01. He failed to earn himself a permanent move to Posh, whom he made 11 league appearances and helped steer to twelfth position, and returned to QPR in May 2001. Steve's days at Loftus Road were numbered in the summer of 2001 as he was released on a free transfer in an enormous cost-cutting exercise. The Northern Ireland International, who is still yet to find a club for the new season, made 25 league appearances for QPR in their relegation season of 2000/01.

© Richard Tufft & ArseWeb 2001

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