A Pause & Thought for Derek Tapscott…

As part of the Final Salute celebrations, I had the privilege of visiting “Tappy” at his South Wales home for a video interview. His career with Arsenal was relatively short but you could not have met a player more proud to have worn the famous red and white shirt. The enthusiasm he displayed on the pitch remained and, interview over, he spent more than an hour showing us memorabilia of his playing days. Taspcott spoke of his time at Arsenal in his auto-biography and said:

When I was playing I was paid for doing something I enjoyed. I would have played for nothing,” he wrote. “For someone coming from a family of 16 children I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to play at the highest level with, and against, the greatest players in the country.