On April 2 1927 Joseph Harold Antony, otherwise known as Joe Hulme, got his full England debut against Scotland at the age of 23. The winger’s debut ended memorably as England beat their fierce rivals Scotland 2-1 in Glasgow in front of 111,000 spectators.
Although his prolific stature was never reflected on the national arena having earned only nine caps for the Three Lions between 1927 and 1933, the forward went on to score 125 goals in 374 appearances for the Gunners. During his tenure at the club he won 4 Football League Division 1 titles and held 2 FA Cup winners medal. Hulme goes down in history as the only player to have played in Arsenal’s first four cup finals. Also on this day 41 years ago, Jimmy Rimmer put all speculation to rest as he completed a rare move from Manchester United to Arsenal. Although he only made a single appearance during his debut season, he later on became Arsenal’s number one for three consecutive seasons. In all, Rimmer played 146 games in Arsenal colors before moving to Aston Villa in 1977.
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