27 August: Arsenal start their run of 3 consecutive league titles


27 August 1932:

The run of three consecutive league championships under three different managers (Chapman, Shaw, Allison) began with Birmingham 0 Arsenal 1.  The first goal of this unique Arsenal run was scored by Reg Stockill in his first match.  He only played four games in the season – but scored three goals.

However, this was not his first achievement that would go down in history.   For although he was only 18 when he scored that opener for Arsenal he was already in the record books as being the England Schoolboy international who aged 15 years 281 days scored York City’s first-ever goal in the Football League against Wigan Borough.

And yet he was, utterly amazingly, allowed to leave the club after just two games, and went to Scarborough who in 1929/30 became Midland League Champions.

It was while he was still at Scarborough and still aged just 17 years 6 months that Arsenal signed him.  And yet despite all his promise and success, he couldn’t get further goals…

Reg Stockill made his debut against Huddersfield Town on 27 April 1932 and played the last three games of 1931-32 and the first two of 1932-33, scoring in both, before being displaced by Ernie Coleman. He only played two more games for Arsenal, his final appearance being in the 8-0 win over Blackburn, in which Stockill again scored. After playing in the reserves for the 1933-34 season he moved to Derby County in September 1934. In total he played 8 games for Arsenal, (one in the cup) scoring four goals.

At Derby, he suffered a serious knee injury on Boxing Day 1934 which kept him out of the game for fifteen months.   But he stayed at Derby for five seasons and played 66 league appearances scoring 29 goals before moving to Luton in 1939 playing the first three games of the season – before football was suspended due to the declaration of war on Germany.

We have no record of him thereafter, save that he survived the war and died on 24 December 1995, aged 82.

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