David Nelson: the vital dates…
- 3 February 1918 David Nelson born, Douglas Water, Scotland
- ?May 1936: David Nelson joins Arsenal (exact date unknown)
- 28 December 1936: David Nelson’s first game, a 3-1 win over Preston
- 9 November 1946: David Nelson last match Preston 2 Arsenal 0
- 12 December 1946: David Nelson and Cyril Grant to Fulham
Although listed in Wikipedia as a wing half David Nelson played mostly for Arsenal on the left and right wings at number 7 and 11, although he did occasionally play in the half back line.
His clubs before Arsenal are shown as Douglas Water Thistle (his hometown club), and St Bernards, from whom he joined Arsenal for £200 in May 1936 at the age of 18
He made his debut in a 3-1 win over Preston North End in December 1936, the first of eight appearances and three goals that season all save one on the wing – his run including playing in the last six games of the season. However he dropped out of the side for the following season, only to come back in with nine games in the last season before the war. (during which he served as a sergeant in the Army).
When not playing in the first team he was a regular member of the the London Combination reserve side however, where he made 95 appearances and won league honours three seasons running from 1937 to 1939. In addition, he played 161 times for the club during wartime, suggesting he was based in London, rather than being posted overseas.
In 1946/7 he was in the line up for the opening match playing at right half, but after three games in that position played outside left and outside right until his departure to Fulham in December 1946 as part of the deal in which Fulham got David and Cyril Grant and Arsenal got Ronnie Rooke.
Here is his Arsenal record
And his overall record in football
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I very much regret I don’t have any details of his life after football, nor the date of his passing. If you have any further information please do write in.
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