David Price (footballer, born 1955)

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David Price
Personal information
Full name David James Price
Date of birth (1955-06-23) 23 June 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth Caterham, Surrey England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1980 Arsenal 126 (16)
1974–1975Peterborough United (loan) 6 (1)
1980–1982 Crystal Palace 27 (2)
1982–1983 Leyton Orient 10 (0)
Total 169 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David James Price (born 23 June 1955) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. Price played in the Football League for Arsenal, Peterborough United, Crystal Palace and Leyton Orient.[1]


Born in Caterham, Surrey,[1] Price was snapped up by Arsenal in 1970,[2] as a prodigious young midfielder who captained England schoolboys. Whilst at the Gunners's Academy he went on to win the FA Youth Cup of 1971. Price made his debut for Arsenal at the age of 17 on 9 May 1973 in a First Division match against Leeds United. However, he played mostly with the reserves for the next few years.[3]

After a loan spell at Peterborough United, Price broke into the Arsenal first team in 1977–78, playing 51 matches that season; this was noteworthy as he had previously made only 13 appearances for the club. His regular spell in the Arsenal side coincided with the Gunners' FA Cup runs of the late 1970s, where they consecutively got to the 1978 to 1980 finals of the cup. Price thus played three times at Wembley with Arsenal winning the 1979 FA Cup in a 3–2 win against Manchester United. Price got an assist in the game as he set up Brian Talbot for the opening goal.[2] Price also played in Arsenal's 1980 Cup Winners' Cup defeat at the hands of Valencia, on penalties.[4]

Price lost his place to the veteran John Hollins at the start of the 1980–81 season. Subsequently he was sold to Crystal Palace in March 1981, in a part-exchange deal which saw Peter Nicholas move the other way. In all he played 176 games for Arsenal, scoring 19 goals.

Price's spell at Crystal Palace was not a successful one, as he was hampered by injuries and made only 27 League appearances in two seasons. After he had a brief spell at Leyton Orient, he ended his playing days due to injury, at the age of 28.

He later became a taxi driver in Croydon.[5]




  1. ^ a b "David Price". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c David Price Archived 4 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  3. ^ "David Price Arsenal FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  4. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (21 March 2004). "European Competitions 1979–80". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  5. ^ Lawton, James (18 May 2005). "Arsenal v Man U: Ultimate end game". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  6. ^ "The FA Youth Cup". Arsenal.com. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017.