On 22 June 1983, Charlie Nicholas joined Arsenal from Scottish side Celtic as recorded on the Official Club website.
Born on 30 December 1961 in Glasgow, Scotland, he started off his professional career with Celtic where he made his senior debut at the age of 18. Two seasons later, Charlie Nicholas won the Scottish Footballer of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards after having a high flying season that saw him score a total of 50 goals in all competitions.
This inevitably attracted the bigger English clubs and after interviews with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, Charlie chose to join the Gunners in the summer of 1983. His extravagance and flair kept the Highbury crowd entertained, thus receiving the name, ‘Champagne Charlie’.
According to Arsenal.com, although only an occasional goal scorer, Charlie Nicholas scored when it mattered the most. This was highly evident in the 1987 Littlewoods Cup Final where he scored a brace in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool to deliver Arsenal’s first piece of silverware in eight years.
Champagne Charlie left Arsenal the following season and went on to play for Aberdeen, Celtic and Clyde before retiring in 1996.
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