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Club History


Club History
1987

1987

Jimmy Bone left to join St Mirren and is replaced by  John Young..

1985

1985

George Fleming sacked, Jimmy Bone takes over.

1984

1984

A bleak season – Lichties finish rock bottom of Division two

1983

1983

The Lichties again finish third and so miss promotion.

1982

1982

Manager Ian Stewart, who took over from Albert Henderson, is sacked and replaced by George Fleming.

1981

1981

Arbroath pay a club record fee of £20,000 for Dougie Robb (Montrose).

1981

Arbroath miss out on promotion to the First Division by the narrowest of margins. The Lichties and Alloa finish on 50 points, but the Wasps go up with a superior goal difference.

1979

1979

Albert Henderson is sacked after 17 years 4 months in the post. Ian Stewart takes over but the Lichties finished second bottom of the First Division and are relegated – they would not return to this level until 2001.

1975

1975

Arbroath finish fifth in the new First Division.

1974

1974

In the final season before league reconstruction, Arbroath finish bottom of the old First Division. The top ten clubs formed the new Premier League. The Lichties reached the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup but went out to eventual beaten finalists Airdrie after a replay.

1973

1973

Another good season as the Lichties finish 13th. The highlight is a 3-2 win at Ibrox – the first Arbroath league victory away to Rangers. Two goals from John Fletcher and one from Billy Pirie secured the points.

1972

1972

Derek Rylance scores a hat-trick in a League Cup 3-3 draw with Celtic at Hampden Park. Arbroath retain First Division status by finishing 15th of 18 teams.

1971

1971

Arbroath win promotion back to the First Division. Jimmy Jack, the club’s all-time highest league goalscorer, is transferred to Falkirk. Tommy Walker joins Airdrie for a Second Division record fee of £16,000.

1968

1968

A tough season in the top division ends with the Lichties finishing at the foot of the table.

1967

1967

Albert Henderson leads Arbroath to promotion to the First Division. Jimmy Jack and Dennis Bruce are the goalscoring heroes, notching more than 60 goals between them.

1966

1966

Tom Cargill makes his debut for Arbroath. He went on to make a record 445 appearances between then and 1981.

1964

1964

Club chairman Hugh Nelson becomes President of the SFA. Arbroath’s second string win the Combined Reserve League.

1963

1963

Arbroath finish third in Division Two but Dave Easson breaks his leg. Its an injury from which he never recovered. He eventually retired in 1965.

1962

1962

Albert Henderson is appointed manager after John Prentice’s resignation. Dave Easson returns to Arbroath.

1960

1960

The Beginning of the Henderson Era

1960

John Prentice takes over as manager, but striker Dave Easson is transferred to Raith Rovers.

1959

1959

Dave Easson, in his first season at Gayfield, finished the season with a record 52 league and cup goals to top the UK scoring charts and help the Lichties win promotion to the First Division by finishing second to  Ayr United in the league

1959

Arbroath reach the semi final of the League Cup but lose 3-0 to Third Lanark at Ibrox. The maroons finished bottom of Division One

1957

1957

Tommy Gray leaves for Dundee United leaving Chris Anderson in charge. Anderson had retired from playing because of injury.

1956

1956

The first floodlit match is played at Gayfield – a Forfarshire Junior Select defeating an Arbroath X1 by 4-3

1956

Club captain Chris Anderson, later to become a director of Aberdeen FC, links up with Tommy Gray to take responsibility for team affairs.

1954

1954

A proposal to relocate Gayfield to a site between Keptie Woods and Lochlands cricket ground was dropped.

1954

Alec Chyene resigned as manager at the end of the season and  was not replaced. Long serving captain Tommy Gray was asked to pick future teams.

1952

1952

Arbroath again draw Rangers in the Scottish Cup, losing 4-0 in front of 44,000 at Ibrox.

1951

1951

Quickest goal ever at Gayfield?: On January 6th Arbroath’s Jimmy McEwan scored after just 10seconds against Dumbarton.

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