Author: Mike Vockins
Arthur Milton was surely the last of that rare breed – a man good enough to play cricket and football for England.
Arthur had played 12 games for Arsenal when he was called up to play against Austria in 1951 because Tom Finney was unavailable and the selectors preferred Arthur to the legendary Stanley Matthews. Arthur decided to concentrate on cricket at the relatively young age of 27 in 1955 and Arsenal sold him to his home town club, Bristol City, for whom he made 14 appearances.
He played 84 times for Arsenal, scoring 21 times. He also played six times for the England cricket team, including a debut against New Zealand in which he scored a century. He was more at home playing for Gloucestershire, which he did from 1948 until 1974.
He finished with more than 32,000 runs and 56 hundreds in first-class cricket. He was also outstanding in the field with 758 catches. In retirement he became a postman in his home city of Bristol and later when he retired to become a paperboy. He died in 2007.