When looking for footballers and managers who have been involved with Arsenal, I do a few searches of books and web sites trying to find the relevant information. If there is very little then the chances are that the player played 100 or more years ago.
So to find a player whose life seems to be a bit of a mystery and yet who joined Arsenal in July 1977 seems odd. The manager at the time was Terry Neill – who had been at Tottenham before coming to Arsenal – maybe that is part of the explanation of what follows.
Kevin Stead was a defender who joined Arsenal from Tottenham on a free transfer in July 1977 – one year after Terry Neill came to Arsenal.
However having made no impact at Tottenham he also made no impact at Arsenal and took part in just two games. As far as I know (and this is just a deduction from some figures he played 14 times for Tottenham, and then made his two appearances with Arsenal in the 1978/9 season. Wiki says that he went on to play with Oxford City.
Of the two first-team games he had for Arsenal one was a start (against Southampton) and one was as a sub against Wolverhampton. Both were in September 1978.
That’s it. No knowledge that I can find of what happened, or why it happened, or what happened after. If you know, do tell.