Colin Hill made his debut for Arsenal’s first team on this day, 20 April, in 1983 in the Norwich 3 Arsenal 1 defeat.
The following season he played 37 league games, as Arsenal finished sixth in the league. However he was then displaced by the signing of Viva Anderson which put him primarily in the reserves. His final game came on 22 December 1984: Arsenal 1 Watford 1. In all he played 41 league games (51 in total including the cup games) for Arsenal and scored one goal.
In 1986 he moved to Portugal on a free transfer playing for Marítimo getting eight goals in 30 games.
After one season Colin returned to the UK and signed for Colchester of division four, but after the second season there, with the club finishing two from bottom in the league, he moved on to Sheffield United, winning promotion with them to the First Division in 1990. He ended his career with spells at Trelleborgs in Sweden and Northampton Town. He also won 27 caps for Northern Ireland.
After retiring Colin returned to Leicester FC to work in their Commercial and Hospitality department. Colin then moved out of football into business management until in 2013 he became a Commercial Executive for The PFA (2013), although there are reports that before this he also ran a PR agency in Northampton.
Here are the anniversaries
20 April 1895: Burton Wanderers 2 Woolwich Arsenal 1. The match concluded Arsenal’s second season in the league with the club finishing 8th in Division 2 and having the ground closed for five weeks due to crowd trouble. This was one place better than in the first season.
20 April 1889: Arsenal beat Spartan Rovers 8-0. In the course of 30 days of friendlies they also had 9-0, 6-1 and 7-2 victories
20 April 1907: George Jobey, the man who scored the first Arsenal goal at Highbury made his league debut with Newcastle. He spent seven seasons at the club playing 53 games at centre half and right half and won a League winner’s medal in 1908/9 and a Cup Finalists’ medal in 1911. He then joined Arsenal in May 1913 for £500.
20 April 1908: Arsenal 1 Sheffield W 1. Final game for each of Gordon Hoare, James Ashcroft, James Bigden and James Sharp with Arsenal having finished 14th. It was a positive end to the season with Arsenal having had their worst ever start in the first division, with just one victory in the first seven games.
20 April 1912: Rangers 0 Arsenal 0. This appears to be the first game between the two sides, who later set up regular friendlies through the efforts of Herbert Chapman.
20 April 1914: One of the “lost” matches Arsenal played. On this day there was a benefit match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Highbury but we have no idea who it was for or what the score was. If you know please do write in!
20-23 April 1914: The word ‘Woolwich’ was officially dropped from the club name as Woolwich Arsenal became (for a while) The Arsenal.
20 April 1918: One of the many odd competitions that have arisen but not left behind information on how they were constructed, occured on this day with the War Fund Competition. Arsenal beat Millwall away, 1-0 in the second game, but who won the trophy or how it was calculated remains a mystery.
20 April 1935: It is not often Arsenal fans thank Stoke but on this occasion they did, for after one win in ten Stoke beat Tottenham 4-1 on this day to secure Tottenham’s position at the bottom of the league.
20 April 1946: Arsenal 1 Leicester 2 was part of a run of six games without a win in the Football League South, suggesting clearly that Arsenal needed a major transformation before the resumption of the League in August – but it didn’t happen.
20 April 1964: Dave Bacuzzi transferred to Manchester City. He had played 46 league games and two FA Cup games across four seasons. He also won the Football Combination with Arsenal, and later became a manager in Ireland.
20 April 1966: Sunderland 0 Arsenal 2; one of only two wins for Billy Wright in his last 16 games in charge. During that run Arsenal scored just 12 goals. Skirton and Sammels scored.
20 April 1968: Sunderland 2 Arsenal 0 made it two wins in 16 for Bertie Mee and left the club 12th in the League. But Arsenal won all of the remaining five games in the League in the season to offer some hope for the future.
20 April 1971: Arsenal 1 Burnley 0. Charlie George scored to give the 9th straight win (during which run only one goal was conceded), and this with McNab and Storey absent playing for England! Arsenal went two points ahead and Burnley were relegated in the 38th league game of the first Double season.
20 April 1973: Eddie Hapgood died of a heart attack while attending a sports forum in Leamington Spa aged 64. His autobiography “Football Ambassador” was the first ever player autobiography. So groundbreaking was the book that Sir Stanley Rous, who went on to become president of FIFA, wrote the introduction.
20 April 1974: The victory over Derby County at Highbury by 2-0 on this day gave hope that Arsenal might do enough to avoid relegation, although the crowd of 26,017 suggested they had done nothing like enough to get the fans back on a regular basis.
20 April 1983: Norwich 3 Arsenal 1. League debut for Colin Hill, last game for George Wood. Hill went on to have just one season for Arsenal as a regular full back, while Wood ended a three year spell with 60 league games and a move to Crystal Palace.
20 April 1995: For the second year running Arsenal reached the CWC Final after losing 2-3 but beating Sampdoria on penalties in the semi-final. Wright scored on the hour but it looked like Arsenal were going out until Schwarz got the second on 88 mins. Dixon, Hartson and Adams scored penalties to take Arsenal through.
20 April 2000: Lens 1 Arsenal 2; Arsenal went through to the Uefa Cup final after drawing 0-0 in the first leg. Henry and Kanu got the victory.
20 April 2011: Tottenham 3 Arsenal 3. Arsenal had lost at home to Tottenham in the League but won away in the League Cup before this game. Walcott, Nasri and Van Persie scored to make it 16 games unbeaten in the premier league.
20 April 2013: Arsenal beat Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage in the fourth of 10 consecutive away wins. Giroud was sent off and Mertesacker scored the only goal.
20 April 2014: In a match delayed by advertising hoardings blowing across the pitch, Ramsey and Özil returned after long lay-offs as Arsenal easily beat Hull away, proving, if it needed proving, how important these two players were. Ramsey scored and Podolski got two.
20 April 2018: Arsene Wenger announced his retirement as Arsenal’s manager after 22 years at the club. It took all of two hours before the first attacks and conspiracy theories about his departure started to appear on the websites of the national press.
20 April 2019: One year on from Mr Wenger announcing his retirement as Arsenal’s manager it looked like the change of manager had worked with the club being 4th in the league with a game in hand over the teams around. But three defeats in the last five games saw Arsenal drop to 5th, missing the Champions League by two points.
20 April 2020: Two years on from Mr Wenger’s announcement of his departure, and with football being shut down because of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, Arsenal were 9th in the league with ten games left to play.