557 Appearances - 1959-1975
It was with much sadness we learned of Arthurs death on 3rd December 2015. Arthur played for South from 1959 through to 1973. Arthur's story featured in both of Hyder Jawad's books on South and below are some memories of Arthur that our club has.
Arthur played for South Liverpool for nigh on 15 years in total, mostly under manager Alan Hampson although latterly under Bobby Murdoch. His great defensive partner being centre half Gerry Keegan who made 545 appearances (1959-1970)
Arthur holds the record for number of first team appearances in our history from our formation in 1935. It is unlikely to be ever beaten, as South play less games per season now. The club programme shows him with a massive 557 appearances in that time
In April 1971 he broke his leg on his 499th appearance in an away game at Bangor City, in one of those quirks of fate the player tackling him was an ex- South player himself.
Arthur came back a few months later in 1971/72 season and played for another season. Despite having been mainly a full back he would play in a number of roles in midfield and up front to help South.
His South highlights were that he had played in the Second round of the FA Cup in 1963/64 at home to Workington (which is the furthest South have got in the FA Cup). In the First Round he had missed the draw at Halifax Town through injury and Neil Taggert played in his place. For the replay, which South won, Arthur by now a lynch pin to the team, was restored to the starting line up that saw us through to the second round Workington game, which we lost 0 -2.
Arthur was part of our Lancashire Combination title winning team in 1966 which was the last senior league title we would win until 2015, a gap of 39 years. He also won the Liverpool Senior Non League Cup with South when we defeated Marine 3-2 at Rosset Park in April 1970.
Arthur also played in the FA Cup Fist Round for South against Tranmere Rovers in 1972 when we faced three ex-Liverpool legends, Ron Yeats, Ian St John, and Tommy Lawrence, losing 0 -2 with the official attendane as 5,935. The last great attendance South would see at Holly Park.
Arthur finally hung up his boots for South in April 1973.