William John Herbert Arthur
b. Blackburn 14 February 1863
d. Blackpool 27 November 1930
Debut 2 May 1883 (20y 77d) Final Game 1 October 1892 (29y 230d)
CAREER: Lower Bank Academy;Kings Own;Blackburn Rovers '83-Nov'89;Braeside Dec'88;Blackburn Bohemians Dec'89 Southport '90;Blackburn Rovers Nov'90-'92.
INTERNATIONALS England 7 apps
’85 v Sco,Wal,Ire.’86 v Sco,Wal.’87 v Wal,Ire.
HONOURS FAC win (Blackburn Rovers) ’84,’85,’86.
FL 40 apps
FAC 35 apps
Total 75 apps et 30m
Minutes per goal 55 Clean Sheet % 29
Longest unbeaten 283 First conceded 283
LC 25 apps
Minutes per goal 52 Clean Sheet % 28
Most goals one game 6
Arthur's father, William, came to Blackburn from Bideford and commenced in business as a leather merchant. He prospered so well that he was able to buy a home on Dukes Brow. Herbie, the eldest of his three sons, started playing football as a wing half but made the conversion to goalkeeper so well that he took over from Woolfall and Howorth in the Rovers' goal. A legend in the game before the league started, he won England caps and three English cup winners' medals. By the time the Football League commenced his best days were behind him, but he was coaxed out of retirement when the club had not replaced him three years later. He became the subject of legend when the rest of the team walked off in the game against Burnley but he stayed, electing to play on his own. An amateur throughout he worked in the family mill furnishing business before retiring to Blackpool where he was a leading member of the Lancashire Automobile Club and the Northern Orchid Society.