On 1 June 1953, the legendary striker Alex James died in London at the age of 51, according to Arsenal.com. Born as Alexander Wilson James in 1901, the Scot started off his professional career at Raith Rovers as a 21-year old.
Tagged as the Dennis Bergkamp of his time, Alex James played a pivotal role during Arsenal’s first golden age in the 1930s. Famously known for his trademark baggy shorts, James’s graceful passing skills made him a Herbert Chapman favorite.
Although not a prolific goalscorer himself, James scored when it mattered the most, propelling his side to their first major piece of silverware by scoring the opener in a match that saw the Gunners defeat Huddersfield Town 2-0 to clinch the 1930 FA Cup.
According to the Official Club website, James made 261 appearances scoring only 27 times during his eight year reign at Highbury. The ‘assist-freak’ helped his side to complete a hat-trick of League titles between 1933 and 1935. Despite his death nearly half a century ago, Alex James was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 for his contribution to the beautiful game.
Hats off to the Arsenal legend.