Leslie Harry Compton (born
27 December 1984)
Compton spent his entire career at
spanning 23 years, making him one of the club's longest-ever serving players. He
joined the club as an amateur in
1930. He made his
debut on April
though spent much of the early and mid-1930s
as a reserve player. He featured regularly for the Gunners in unofficial matches
Second World War, once scoring ten times against
Leyton Orient - a remarkable feat considering his usual position was as
After the war had ended, he became a mainstay in the Arsenal side, winning
First Division title in
1948, and the
FA Cup in 1950
(having scored a last-gasp equaliser in the semi-finals against
Compton made his debut for
England in 1950
Wales, making him the oldest ever England debutant at 38 years and 64 days,
a record that still stands (and is unlikely to be broken).
Compton retired from playing football in
1953, having played
273 matches and having scored 6 goals. He stayed on at Arsenal for another three
years as a coach and scout.
Compton also played cricket for
Middlesex, playing as
1938 to 1956.
He appeared 272 times, scoring 5,814 runs (an average of 16.75), and taking 468
catches and 131 stumpings.
He died in
Hendon from complications of
aged 72. His younger brother
also played for Arsenal and Middlesex.