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Street honour for football legend

Eddie Hapgood playing for Arsenal
Eddie Hapgood captained Arsenal and England

A street in Bristol is to be named after the former Arsenal and England captain Eddie Hapgood.

People living in Barton Hill decided it would be a fitting tribute to Mr Hapgood, who came from the area.

Eddie Hapgood moved to Arsenal in 1927 but was first spotted by Bristol Rovers while playing for St Philip's Marsh Adult School Juniors.

His son Mike Hapgood will unveil a plaque in the new Barrow Road development in his father's honour.

Edris Albert Hapgood was born in Barton Road, in The Dings, and attended Hannah More's School.

Parts of Barton Road still exist but not the tenement, Barton Buildings, that housed the Hapgood family.

'Bristol roots'

"This is such a terrific honour and my sister, brother and I are very proud and touched that Bristol people still hold the memory of my father in their hearts," said Mike Hapgood.

"Even though he played at the highest levels of international football he never lost touch with his Bristol roots."

Signed by the great Herbert Chapman, Eddie Hapgood made almost 400 appearances for Arsenal with whom he won five League titles and two FA Cups.

As well as captaining the Gunners up to the outbreak of World War II, the left-back became the regular captain of England, playing in some of the most famous matches of the century - including the 6-3 defeat of Germany in 1938.

The new Barrow Road development contains 22 two-bedroom houses and apartments.

Bristol City councillor Mark Wright said, "This development will provide much-needed housing which will meet the needs of people wanting to rent, as well as those looking to get on to the housing ladder."



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