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Cliff Bastin

Arsenal FC

21 appearances, 12 goals, 2 penalties

P 21 W 10 D 2 L 9 F 42: A 29
52% successful

1931-38

disciplined: none
Captain:
none
minutes played:
1890

Profile

Full name Clifford Sydney Bastin
Born 14 March 1912 at 12 Bonnington Grove, Heavitree, Exeter, Devonshire [registered in Exeter, June 1912]. To Sidney Harry and Eliza Maud (née Butt). One older sister, Lilian. Attended Ladysmith Road School, Exeter.
census notes According to the 1939 register, Clifford, a professional footballer, is married to Joan, and they are living at 73 Broadfields Avenue in Enfield, with his mother-in-law, Lillian Shaul. 
Married: to Joan Lillian Shaul (b.17 January 1916), at St. Mary's Church on 24 June 1939 (left) [registered in Hendon, June 1939]. They had two daughters, Patricia and Barbara.
"The ceremony was attended, in addition to members of the family, by Mr. George Yeoman, the bridgroom's old schoolmaster at Ladysmith-road, Exeter, and Mr. Arch Matthews, of St. Thomas." - Friday, 30 June 1939, Devon and Exeter Gazette.
Died: 4 December 1991 in Exeter, Devon, aged 79 years 265 days [registered in Exeter, December 1991].
Height/Weight: 5' 8½", 11st. 2lbs [1936]. 5' 7¾", 10st. 8lbs [1938].

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies Cliff Bastin Remembers - Brian Glanville (Ettrick Press, London & Edinburgh 1950; reprinted GCR Books, 15 October 2010)

Spotted playing for Exeter City by the legendary Herbert Chapman, Bastin signed for Arsenal in 1929 and became a classic footballing forward of the 1930s, winning cup and championship medals as a matter of routine. 229 wartime appearances and 21 appearances for England preceded his 1947 retirement. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football within Exeter, and represented Devon County boys, and also helped with the two local junior sides, St. Mark's FC and St. James' FC, during which, he joined Exeter FC as an amateur in 1926. Signing professional forms on 31 October 1928. He scored six goals in seventeen league matches, then, after Exeter City FC quashed rumours on 22 May, Bastin joined Arsenal FC on 3 June 1929 for a £2000 transfer fee. In September 1938, he was given a month's leave to regain his passion for the game after he 'lost his enthusiasm', despite this, he played in 395 Division One matches, and scored 150 goals, a record for Arsenal held until 1998. He played his last game for the Gunners in a Manchester United FC defeat on 28 September 1946. He was linked with becoming a player-coach at Ilfracombe FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1929-30, 1935-36, runners-up 1931-32; FA Charity Shield winners 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938; Football League Champions 1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, runners-up 1931-32;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances).
Distinctions Became the youngest FA Cup finalist in 1930, a record held for 34 years. English Football Hall of Fame 2009;

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 566th players (567) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside/inside-left
First match No. 179, 18 November 1931, England 3 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 19 years 249 days.
Last match No. 218, 26 May 1938, France 2 England 4, an end-of-season tour match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 26 years 73 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1931-32, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1937-38;
Team honours British Championships winners 1931-32, 1937-38, shared 1934-35;
Individual honours England Schoolboy (one appearance, 1926).
Distinctions Only the fifth Devonshire-born player to represent England.

Beyond England

Increasingly troubled by deafness, especially when he left football. He was later employed as a Devon licensee. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.28.

 

Cliff Bastin - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
23 21 11 1890 12 158 min 5 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Cliff Bastin - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 10 6 1 3 20 11 +9 1 2 2.00 1.10 65.0 +3
Away 11 4 1 6 22 18 +4 1 2 2.00 1.636 40.9 -2
All 21 10 2 9 42 29 +13 2 4 2.00 1.381 52.4 +1

 

Cliff Bastin - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 20 9 2 9 39 29 +10 2 3 1.95 1.45 50.0 =0
Blue 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 21 10 2 9 42 29 +13 2 4 2.00 1.381 52.4 +1

 

Cliff Bastin - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 11 5 1 5 17 13 +4 2 2 1.545 1.182 50.0 =0
Friendly 10 5 1 4 25 16 +9 0 2 2.50 1.60 55.0 +1
All 21 10 2 9 42 29 +13 2 4 2.00 1.381 52.4 +1

 

Cliff Bastin - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1931-32 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1933-34 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 0 2 3.50 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1934-35 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
BC 1935-36 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 0 0 0.50 1.50 25.0 -1
BC 1936-37 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 0 0 2.00 1.50 50.0 =0
BC 1937-38 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
BC All 11 5 1 5 17 13 +4 2 2 1.545 1.182 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 11 5 1 5 17 13 +4 2 2 1.545 1.182 50.0 =0
All 11 5 1 5 17 13 +4 2 2 1.545 1.182 50.0 =0

 

Charlie Bastin - Match History
 

 Club: Arsenal F.C. - 21 full appearances (1890 min), twelve goals

Coach: F.A. International Selection Committee - 21 full appearances (1890 min)x


Age 19
1 179 18 November 1931 - England 3 Wales 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start ol

Age 21
2 186 13 May 1933 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio NPNF, Roma tour AD Start 23 ol
3 187 20 May 1933 - Switzerland 0 England 4, Stadion Neufeld, Bern AW Start
21,75
il
4 188 14 October 1933 - Ireland 0 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start il
5 189 15 November 1933 - England 1 Wales 2, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne BC HL Start il

Age 22
6 191 14 April 1934 - England 3 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 43 il
7 192 10 May 1934 - Hungary 2 England 1, Stadion Üllõi út, Budapest tour AL Start il
8 193 16 May 1934 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, Stadión Letná, Praha AL Start il
9 195 14 November 1934 - England 3 Italy 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start il
10 196 6 February 1935 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start
21,71
il

Age 23
11 197 6 April 1935 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start ir
12 200 4 December 1935 - England 3 Germany 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start 69 ol
13 201 5 February 1936 - England 1 Wales 2, Molineux, Wolverhampton BC HL Start il

Age 24
14 202 4 April 1936 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start il
15 203 6 May 1936 - Austria 2 England 1, Praterstadion, Wien tour AL Start il
204 9 May 1936 - Belgium 3 England 2, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles AL injured reserve
16 205 17 October 1936 - Wales 2 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AL Start 44 ol
17 206 18 November 1936 - England 3 Ireland 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent HW Start 67 il

Age 25
214 1 December 1937 - England 5 Czechoslovakia 4, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW withdrawn injured

Age 26
18 215 9 April 1938 - England 0 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start ol
19 216 14 May 1938 - Germany 3 England 6, Olympiastadion, Berlin tour AW Start 16 ol
20 217 21 May 1938 - Switzerland 2 England 1, Hardturm Stadion, Zürich AL Start 33 ol
21 218 26 May 1938 - France 2 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW Start 85 ol

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