Furnell to the Gunners


Thursday, November 21 – 1963
Arsenal manager Billy Wright swooped on Merseyside in a dawn plane yesterday and signed Jim Furnell, 25-year-old Liverpool reserve goalkeeper, in a £16,000 bid to tighten the defence and win the League championship.
“We couldn’t go on without an experienced goalkeeper,” Wright told me last night.
Furnell has been watched by us in seven games and has won good reports every time. I got up at five o’clock this morning to push through this deal.”
Liverpool may waive the cheque for Furnell and take transfer-listed Arsenal right back Dave Bacuzzi instead. Manager Bill Shankly, who has been hunting a back for months, has ordered a weekend watch on 23-year-old Bacuzzi.
Furnell arrives in London this afternoon, plays against Blackpool at Highbury tomorrow. Amateur Bob Wilson, Arsenal’s goalkeeper in their last six games, steps down to the reserves.
“I half expected to be out,” 21-year-old school master Wilson told me yesterday. “I know I have a lot to learn, but then I have a long time to learn it in. After all, I have only been at Highbury for four months.”
Six-footer Furnell joined Liverpool nearly two years ago from Burnley for £15,000, but lost his place through a serious hand injury. He has played only two First Division games in the past 13 months.
Now Arsenal are overloaded with goalkeepers. Furnell makes seven, including amateur Wilson and apprentice Ernest Wilkinson. A clear-out list is certain to be drafted within the next three weeks. (Daily Express, 22-11-1963)

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