Raphael Meade

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Raphael Meade
Personal information
Full name Raphael Joseph Meade
Date of birth (1962-11-22) 22 November 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker (Retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1985 Arsenal 41 (14)
1985–1988 Sporting 41 (25)
1987–1988 Real Betis (loan) 3 (0)
1988–1989 Dundee United 11 (4)
1989 Luton Town 4 (0)
1989–1991 Odense BK
1990 Ipswich Town (loan) 1 (0)
1991 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 5 (0)
1991–1992 Brighton & Hove Albion 40 (9)
1992–1993 Ernest Borel 3 (0)
1994–1995 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 (0)
1995–1996 Crawley Town ? (?)
1996-1997 Sittingbourne 16 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Raphael Joseph Meade (born 22 November 1962 in Islington) is an English former footballer who played as a striker.


Meade started his career at Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1977, and turning professional in 1980. He was the leading scorer for Arsenal's reserve side in the London Combination for both the 1980–81 and 1981–82, and made his first-team debut against Manchester City on 17 October 1981. He went on to total 16 league appearances that season (eight as substitute), scoring four goals.

However, a cartilage injury ruled him out of most of the 1982–83 season, but on his return he scored twice against Brighton & Hove Albion in February 1983. He followed that up with a hat-trick against Watford and then a brace against Tottenham Hotspur in December that year. However, the signings of Paul Mariner and Charlie Nicholas meant Meade had been pushed down the pecking order at Arsenal, and he made only eight appearances in 1984–85. In total he made 51 appearances and scored 16 goals for Arsenal.

He was sold to Sporting Clube de Portugal in the summer of 1985, where he was a major part of epic Sporting 7–1 thrashing of Benfica, in 14 December 1986, scoring one goal. He went on to have stints at Real Betis (on loan), Dundee United, Luton Town, Odense BK, Ipswich Town (on loan), Plymouth Argyle (on loan), Brighton & Hove Albion, Hong Kong and finally Crawley Town.


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