John Arnott (footballer)

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John Arnott
Personal information
Full name John Henry Arnott
Date of birth (1932-09-06)6 September 1932
Place of birth Sydenham, England
Date of death 31 March 2017(2017-03-31) (aged 84)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Right half / Centre-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1955 West Ham United 6 (2)
1955–1956 Shrewsbury Town 30 (6)
1956–1962 Bournemouth 173 (21)
1962–1969 Gillingham 186 (2)
1969–1976 Dover
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Henry Arnott (6 September 1932 − 31 March 2017)[1][2] was an English professional association football player. His clubs included West Ham United,[3] Shrewsbury Town,[4] Bournemouth[5] and Gillingham, where he made 186 Football League appearances.[6]


Born in Sydenham, Arnott began his career as an amateur for West Ham United and played for them from 1954 to 1955.[7] He had one season with Shrewsbury Town before joining Bournemouth in 1956, where he spent six seasons and made 176 League appearances before being transferred to Gillingham in August 1962.[7] Arnott's last club was Dover from 1969 to 1976.