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RIP Arthur Blackley
Margate FC is saddened to hear of the passing of club legend, Arthur Blackley.
The talented midfielder appeared over 100 times for The Gate scoring 26 goals during his time with the club.
Arthur was born in Carlisle and played plenty of youth football before trialing for both Manchester United and Chelsea before comitting to the move to the London side. Arthur turned pro with Chelsea in 1956 and spent five years at Stamford Bridge. Arthur's time there also included two years' National Service.
After serving, Arthur went back to Carlisle but after a short time made a surprise move to Ramsgate, in part due to his work at Ramsgate Harbour which was more financially viable than playing League football.
Arthur moved across Thanet to sign for Margate and made his debut against Bath in the Southern League on 22nd August 1964 scoring as The Gate won 2-0. Arthur went on to enjoy a fantasic career at HDP becoming a firm favourite with fans due to his work-rate, versatility and attack-minded style.
Arthur's impact in the area extended beyond the football stadium when he opened a coffee bar called 'The Chelsea Bar'. It was such business commitments which led to Arthur hanging up his boots. However, there was to be a brief return to the game.
Arthur re-signed for The Rams and featured against Margate in the Kent Senior Cup semi-final in 1967. Arthur's career came to a premature end due to two serious cartilage operations although he did enjoy a kickabout or two in the Thanet Premier Sunday League.
Arthur's passion and love for the game continued later in life when he became Chairman of Ramsgate.
Arthur was one of the notable names welcomed back to HDP in 2014 for the club's legends day.
It is fitting that the two Kent teams who meant so much to Arthur, come head-to-head for the Thanet Cup this Saturday the 22nd August. 56 years to the date Arthur proudly made his debut for The Blues.
With thanks to www.margatefootballclubhistory.com
Sunday, 09 August 2020
By Charlotte Richardson