Frank Stapleton

Frank Stapleton

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Frank Stapleton was born on 10 July 1956 in Dublin, Ireland. Stapleton was a subtle, intelligent player, held in esteem by many for his strategic thinking and accurate passing on the pitch. 

His career with The Gunners, Arsenal, joining them in 1972 as an apprentice. He made his first-team debut in 1975, and went on to form a potent striking partnership with another former great Malcolm Macdonald; the two scored 46 goals between them in 76/77 season. He was Arsenal’s top scorer for the three following seasons, and helped the Gunners reach a trio of  FA Cup finals; Stapleton scored one of the goals in Arsenal’s famous 79 final in the  3-2 win over Manchester United, and scored 108 goals in 300 appearances in total for the Gunners.

Stapleton went on to move to Man United in 1981 for £900,000. He helped United win the FA Cup in 1983 and 1985. In 1987 he left United, after scoring 78 goals for the club in 365 matches.

He went on to play for Ajax, before returning to England with Derby and Blackburn. He also won 71 caps for the Rep of Ireland, scoring a then record 20 goals. In 1991 he became player-manager of Bradford City, where he spent three seasons, and later went to the USA to coach The New England Revolution.

In the 2003/04 season he briefly returned to English football as a specialist coach of Bolton. The Bolton manager Sam Allardyce wanted Stapleton to enhance the skills of the strikers at the club and saw the Irishman as an ideal candidate, given his successful playing career.

Frank sometimes helps to provide matchday hospitality at Old Trafford and is available for Q and A (Questions and Answers) sessions.