On October 8, 2015 numerous Arsenal starsof yesteryear will come together at Emirates Stadium to celebrate the career of one of the Gunners' great midfielders, Eddie Kelly. Eddie travelled to north London to sign as an aprentice aged 15 in 1966 and left the club 10 years later with 222 games under his belt, 19 goals, the 'double' and the Fairs Cup. Famously, he grabbed an equalising in extra time in the 1971 FA Cup Final - the first-ever substitute to score in the final - and he also scored a crucial winner against Stoke in the penultimate matchof the league campaign to propel Bertie Mee's team to the title.
"Eddie remains one of the legends of Arsenal Football Club," says his skipper in that famous season Frank McLintock. "I remember clearly his arrival at the Club when he was only 15, at last I had someone who could understand my Scottish brogue! And he came through the youth ranks to play a crucial role in us becoming only the second team in 72 years to win the 'double', which was very difficult to do back then.
"Eddie was a terrific player," Frank adds"He was knowledgeable about the game and a great asset to the Club. But like many players of that era he has found it difficult after his football career, which was certainly not as lucrative as it istodayand often very challenging to find a career after retiring".
"We are delighted to have the oppurtunity to hold an event in Eddie's honour at Emirates Stadium and welcome all suporters to what will be a very memorable and nostalgic evening," says Frank.
“As usual you have put on a real show and delivered a cracking event. As you know we bring along four of our most important customers and two of them, unprompted, said that this was the best they’ve ever attended (trust me, that’s high praise!).
I guess, having done it for twenty years, you have a tried and tested system for getting everything in place to work as seamlessly as it does. However I also know that every year will bring a host of unplanned challenges and issues which you, Nicky and Terry manage superbly to ensure that your guests only see the polished result.
Many thanks for all you help before and during the event and I wish you every success for the future. ”
Kevin Williams Commercial Director
Aliaxis Building Solutions
“I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the FGC in June this year and your organisation and preparation were first class and exceptional. The girls and yourself made me feel very welcome from the first night until the last and helped me to relax and take part in such a wonderful occasion and event. It was everything that Russell had talked about and his very high praise of the tournament was not unfounded. ”