14 October: the player with the shortest ever Arsenal career




By Tony Attwood

On 14 October 1997 Jason Crowe who played 3 times for England’s under 20s, came on as a sub and was sent off 33 seconds into his debut in a league cup which ended Arsenal 4 Birmingham 1. 

In the same game Jehad Muntasser came on two minutes before the end, and was transferred soon after, giving him the shortest-ever Arsenal career. 

Crowe went on loan to Palace, moving on to Portsmouth, Grimsby, Northampton and other clubs before closing his career at Corby Town in 2013.   In all, despite his disastrous start, he did play eight times for Palace on loan in 1998-9 before being sold to Portsmouth for whom he played 86 times.

He then played for Grimsby before moving on to his longest stay in football: 171 games with Northampton Town, scoring 14 goals.   After that is was 17 games at Leeds, 12 at Leyton Orient, 11 back with Northampton town, nad the in 2012/13 a final 29 games with my local team, Corby Town.

412 games and 24 goals in all.

As for Jehad Muntasser, he played in Serie B and C in Italy and became a major force in helping children affected by the 2011 Libyan revolution, for which he earned a lot of praise.  He also created The Victorious, a football talent show that aims at discovering the hidden talents in football among the Arab youths.

Other débutantes in the game were Manninger, Upson, Vernazza, and Mendez

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