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YCX-Files: Arthur Bottom

 YCX-Files: Arthur Bottom
Arthur Bottom was a prolific goalscoring inside-forward and member of the magnificent 'Happy Wanderers' side who reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1954-55. His name is legendary at Bootham Crescent and he remains the club's sixth highest marksman of all time, with a tremendous 105 goals from his 158 appearances in a York shirt.

He was born on February 28th 1930 and began his playing career with Sheffield YMCA before joining Sheffield United as a junior. From there he moved on to York in the summer of 1954, and scored a hat-trick on his debut in a 6-2 win at Wrexham. It was an indication of things to come as Bottom eventually reached 39 league and cup goals that season, which was an all-time club record for a single campaign. The next season, he blasted another 33 goals.

The magnificent Bottom jointly holds the club record alongside Billy Fenton for most league goals in a season, claiming 31 for both 1954-55 and 1955-56, and he starred as York became the first-ever club from outside the top two divisions to reach an FA Cup semi-final replay in 1954-55.

In February 1958 he was transferred to Newcastle United - who had controversially beaten City in that semi-final replay and went on to win the FA Cup - for a fee of 4,500. Although netting 10 goals in his 11 matches to help them avoid relegation, the Magpies transferred him to Chesterfield in November 1958 for 5,000. He later played for non-league clubs Boston United and Alfreton Town.

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Writer:Vital York
Date:Friday August 27 2010
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