York City legend Arthur Bottom dies aged 82

ARTHUR BOTTOM, one of the greatest strikers in York City's history, has died.

The 82-year-old passed away in hospital in Sheffield, yesterday, surrounded by his family.

Bottom scored 105 goals in 158 appearances for the Minstermen and was a member of the Happy Wanderers side which reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1955.

Considered one of the best marksmen York has ever seen, Bottom scored a hat-trick on his debut on his way to equalling the club's scoring record of 31 league goals in his first season.

Born in Sheffield, in February 1930, Bottom joined York from Sheffield United and, following his spell at Bootham Crescent, was transferred to Newcastle United in 1958.

He also enjoyed spells at Chesterfield and non-league Alfreton Town.

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10:48am Thu 19 Apr 12

rogue84 says...

a true YCFC legend. a sad day for all concerned with the club. lets get promotion and win the FA Trophy in his honour.
a true YCFC legend. a sad day for all concerned with the club. lets get promotion and win the FA Trophy in his honour. rogue84

10:50am Thu 19 Apr 12

tips says...

Rest in peace Arthur a true legend of York City
Rest in peace Arthur a true legend of York City tips

11:18am Thu 19 Apr 12

Brodes says...

Echo the previous comments. A true legend for one of our greatest teams.
RIP Arthur. Hopefully there will be a minutes silence for the last home game.
Echo the previous comments. A true legend for one of our greatest teams. RIP Arthur. Hopefully there will be a minutes silence for the last home game. Brodes

11:35am Thu 19 Apr 12

Brodes says...

Some nice photos at this link:

http://www.yorkcitys
outh.co.uk/ab80.htm
Some nice photos at this link: http://www.yorkcitys outh.co.uk/ab80.htm Brodes

11:48am Thu 19 Apr 12

The Legend Of Keith says...

RIP Arthur. A sad day for the club when a legend passes.
RIP Arthur. A sad day for the club when a legend passes. The Legend Of Keith

12:02pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Southern Exile says...

RIP Arthur, never saw you play but a true City legend
RIP Arthur, never saw you play but a true City legend Southern Exile

12:05pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Sir Alex says...

Very sorry to hear this news.
RIP Arthur.
Very sorry to hear this news. RIP Arthur. Sir Alex

12:50pm Thu 19 Apr 12

redbluelion says...

Very sad new's will be sadly missed..a true great and city legend.RIP Arthur..
Very sad new's will be sadly missed..a true great and city legend.RIP Arthur.. redbluelion

12:53pm Thu 19 Apr 12

saint-trinians says...

Arthur was our boyhood hero - and a wonderful member of the FA Cup 54/55 team.
We will remember him for those wonderful matches he played in and goals he scored.
Truly a ' City Legend' in our time. A Minute of Clapping in memory of Arthur before the last game of the season would be really appropriate
Thanks Arthur for those wonderful memories.
RIP Arthur
Arthur was our boyhood hero - and a wonderful member of the FA Cup 54/55 team. We will remember him for those wonderful matches he played in and goals he scored. Truly a ' City Legend' in our time. A Minute of Clapping in memory of Arthur before the last game of the season would be really appropriate Thanks Arthur for those wonderful memories. RIP Arthur saint-trinians

12:56pm Thu 19 Apr 12

SamYCFC says...

RIP. sad news
RIP. sad news SamYCFC

12:56pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Big Baz says...

Never saw you play but RIP Arthur.

YCFC Legend forever
Never saw you play but RIP Arthur. YCFC Legend forever Big Baz

12:59pm Thu 19 Apr 12

RooBeck says...

Very sad news, a City legend and one of the strongest heartbeats of that famous 1954/55 side. RIP Arthur.
Very sad news, a City legend and one of the strongest heartbeats of that famous 1954/55 side. RIP Arthur. RooBeck

1:01pm Thu 19 Apr 12

yorko66 says...

What a sad day my dad only ever had the highest praise for him. He was lucky enough to see him play. Am i right in saying that only leaves Tommy Forgan in Austrilia alive from that great team. RIP arthur forever a legend in our daily internet fanzine
What a sad day my dad only ever had the highest praise for him. He was lucky enough to see him play. Am i right in saying that only leaves Tommy Forgan in Austrilia alive from that great team. RIP arthur forever a legend in our daily internet fanzine yorko66

1:43pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Some old bloke says...

It's a fitting testament to Arthur that his name lives on amongst City fans 54 years after he last played for the club. A real legend.
It's a fitting testament to Arthur that his name lives on amongst City fans 54 years after he last played for the club. A real legend. Some old bloke

1:59pm Thu 19 Apr 12

NottsExile says...

The word 'legend' is used too freely these days. Arthur Bottom was a true legend and will live on in the heart of our great club.
God bless you Arthur and my sympathies to your family
The word 'legend' is used too freely these days. Arthur Bottom was a true legend and will live on in the heart of our great club. God bless you Arthur and my sympathies to your family NottsExile

2:50pm Thu 19 Apr 12

yorkiemike says...

Quite right yorko66 Tommy Forgan is the last living member of that great team.
Arthur was my schoolboy hero and I had the priviledge of seeing him play many times.I remember his goal at the semi final at Hillsborough standing in the pouring rain on the Kop.
RIP Arthur
Quite right yorko66 Tommy Forgan is the last living member of that great team. Arthur was my schoolboy hero and I had the priviledge of seeing him play many times.I remember his goal at the semi final at Hillsborough standing in the pouring rain on the Kop. RIP Arthur yorkiemike

3:24pm Thu 19 Apr 12

OLD - HEAD says...

In the 1950s as a schoolkid I used to collect autographs after the match at Bootham Crescent. I will never forget when Arthur Bottom emerged from the players entrance. He always had a huge smile on his face and he was usually puffing away on a cigarette. Not PC these days, but nobody bothered then for Arthur was our hero. A player who could score goals like Arthur would be priceless today. When Newcastle United were struggling at the wrong end of the old 1st Division (now Premier League) they signed Arthur. He duly scored the goals that kept them up. Rest in Peace Arthur, and yes I still have that autograph. A memory of very happy days.
In the 1950s as a schoolkid I used to collect autographs after the match at Bootham Crescent. I will never forget when Arthur Bottom emerged from the players entrance. He always had a huge smile on his face and he was usually puffing away on a cigarette. Not PC these days, but nobody bothered then for Arthur was our hero. A player who could score goals like Arthur would be priceless today. When Newcastle United were struggling at the wrong end of the old 1st Division (now Premier League) they signed Arthur. He duly scored the goals that kept them up. Rest in Peace Arthur, and yes I still have that autograph. A memory of very happy days. OLD - HEAD

4:36pm Thu 19 Apr 12

rogue84 says...

old_head, great memory from yourself, one to cherish certainly. newcastle utd have their own small but affectionate tribute to him on www.nufc.com as well.
old_head, great memory from yourself, one to cherish certainly. newcastle utd have their own small but affectionate tribute to him on www.nufc.com as well. rogue84

5:22pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Head of Bomber Command says...

Arthur, thank you for making a huge contribution in putting our little club on the world footballing map all those years ago as a member of the 'Happy Wanderers'.

Yes I agree whole heartedly with everyone mentioning the word 'legend' you are and always will be a true City legend.

RIP Happy Wanderer.
Arthur, thank you for making a huge contribution in putting our little club on the world footballing map all those years ago as a member of the 'Happy Wanderers'. Yes I agree whole heartedly with everyone mentioning the word 'legend' you are and always will be a true City legend. RIP Happy Wanderer. Head of Bomber Command

5:39pm Thu 19 Apr 12

TerryYork says...

RIP
RIP TerryYork

7:29pm Thu 19 Apr 12

RSoles says...

Still have very fond memories of that 1950's team,perhaps the greatest of all City teams and by heck, what a great part Arthur Bottom played in it. RIP Arthur.
Still have very fond memories of that 1950's team,perhaps the greatest of all City teams and by heck, what a great part Arthur Bottom played in it. RIP Arthur. RSoles

8:51pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Back and Beyond says...

Great man, great memories.....
Hope the last game is a 90 minute tribute.
Great man, great memories..... Hope the last game is a 90 minute tribute. Back and Beyond

9:45pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Even AndyD says...

Before my time, but every City fan has a soft spot for Arthur and the cup fighting spirit he epitomised. Part of the YCFC story - a big part. Sad news indeed.
Before my time, but every City fan has a soft spot for Arthur and the cup fighting spirit he epitomised. Part of the YCFC story - a big part. Sad news indeed. Even AndyD

11:48pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Garrowby Turnoff says...

A York City icon. He'll be remembered for a long long time.
A York City icon. He'll be remembered for a long long time. Garrowby Turnoff

11:51pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Garrowby Turnoff says...

BTW. This story should feature among the main News items, not just the Sports pages. IMHO He was just as big a York legend as Dick Turpin!
BTW. This story should feature among the main News items, not just the Sports pages. IMHO He was just as big a York legend as Dick Turpin! Garrowby Turnoff

12:09am Fri 20 Apr 12

Mr Happy says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
In the 1950s as a schoolkid I used to collect autographs after the match at Bootham Crescent. I will never forget when Arthur Bottom emerged from the players entrance. He always had a huge smile on his face and he was usually puffing away on a cigarette. Not PC these days, but nobody bothered then for Arthur was our hero. A player who could score goals like Arthur would be priceless today. When Newcastle United were struggling at the wrong end of the old 1st Division (now Premier League) they signed Arthur. He duly scored the goals that kept them up. Rest in Peace Arthur, and yes I still have that autograph. A memory of very happy days.
Great post OLD-HEAD.

RIP a true City legend.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: In the 1950s as a schoolkid I used to collect autographs after the match at Bootham Crescent. I will never forget when Arthur Bottom emerged from the players entrance. He always had a huge smile on his face and he was usually puffing away on a cigarette. Not PC these days, but nobody bothered then for Arthur was our hero. A player who could score goals like Arthur would be priceless today. When Newcastle United were struggling at the wrong end of the old 1st Division (now Premier League) they signed Arthur. He duly scored the goals that kept them up. Rest in Peace Arthur, and yes I still have that autograph. A memory of very happy days.[/p][/quote]Great post OLD-HEAD. RIP a true City legend. Mr Happy

12:12am Fri 20 Apr 12

Punk_Ian says...

RIP Arthur, to young to of seen you play but a true club legend. Let's get promotion this year in your honour
RIP Arthur, to young to of seen you play but a true club legend. Let's get promotion this year in your honour Punk_Ian

10:34am Fri 20 Apr 12

y-front says...

My dad (also, sadly, no longer with us) always got misty euyed when he talked about Arthur Bottom. He reckoned Arthur didn't bother going round his opponents, he just went through them.

RIP.
My dad (also, sadly, no longer with us) always got misty euyed when he talked about Arthur Bottom. He reckoned Arthur didn't bother going round his opponents, he just went through them. RIP. y-front

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