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Herby Arthur

Herby Arthur
Personal information
Full nameWilliam John Herbert Arthur
Date of birth(1863-02-14)14 February 1863
Place of birthBlackburn, England
Date of death27 November 1930(1930-11-27) (aged 67)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Senior career*
Blackburn Rovers30(0)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

William John Herbert Arthur, known as Herby Arthur (14 February 1863 – 27 November 1930) was an English football player who played for Blackburn Rovers, as well as the English national side.

Arthur was involved in an extraordinary incident during the First Division match against Burnley in December 1891, at Turf Moor.

The match was played in terrible conditions, with driving wind and rain. At half-time Burnley were leading 3-0. After the ten-minute interval, the Burnely players returned to the pitch, but there was no sign of the Rovers players, who seemed uninterested in continuing the game. Referee JC Clegg waited four minutes, and then started the second half, even though not all Rovers players were on the pitch. After two players were sent off early in the half, all of the Rovers players, except Arthur, left the field. The referee did not stop the game, thus making Arthur play against the eleven Burnley players.

Arthur quickly realised that all of the Burnley players were automatically offside, as there were never two Rovers players between them and the Rovers goal. He appealed to referee Clegg, who abandoned the game, realising the farcical situation that the game had become.[1]


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