Alf Fields

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Alf Fields
Personal information
Date of birth 15 November 1918
Place of birth Canning Town, England
Date of death 14 November 2011(2011-11-14) (aged 92)
Place of death England
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
1936–1939 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1952 Arsenal 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alf Fields BEM (15 November 1918 – 14 November 2011) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre half.


Fields signed with Arsenal in 1936, turned professional in 1937, and made his debut in 1939.[1] Between then and 1952, Fields made a total of 19 appearances in the Football League.[2] Arsenal won the old First Division in 1947-48 but he only made six league appearances all season.[3] After retiring as a player, Fields spent time as a coach at Arsenal, before eventually retiring in November 1983.[1]

Fields played himself in the 1939 film The Arsenal Stadium Mystery.[4]

During World War II, Fields served in North Africa and Italy, earning the British Empire Medal.[5]

As the time of his death, Fields was Arsenal's oldest surviving player.[6] He died on 14 November 2011, one day before his 93rd birthday.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Profile". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "ARSENAL : 1946/47 - 2009/10". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "1947-48 competition statistics". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Alf Fields on Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Football and the Second World War". Spartacus Educational. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Matt Denver, Glenn Moore and Phil Shaw (3 May 2006). "Highbury memories". The Independent. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Alf Fields: 1918-2011". Arsenal F.C.