Arsenal’s Century Club – Joe Hulme

Nineteen players have achieved the feat of scoring 100 goals for the Club over the past 96 years. The players are sorted by the number of games taken to reach the 100 goal mark. Joe Hulme sits at number 18.

Joseph Harold Anthony Hulme (26 August 1904 – 27 September 1991) was born in Stafford.

Early on he played for the Stafford YMCA usually on the right wing. He started his career in non-league football in October 1922 with York City and moved on to Blackburn Rovers in February 1924 where he made 74 league appearances.

In February 1926 Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman was looking for a fast skilful winger and he purchased Joe Hulme for £3,500. He joined a team that included – David Jack, Jimmy Brain, Jack Lambert, Bob John, Jack Butler, Andy Neil, Jimmy Ramsey, Billy Blyth, Cliff Bastin, Herbert Roberts, Alf Baker and Tom Parker.

Joe Hulme made his debut against Leeds United on 6th February 1926. He was an immediate success and by the end of the first season Hulme’s startling pace had become his trade mark, his main trick being to push the ball past the opposing full-back then tear past him.

Photo by Barratts/PA Images via Getty Images

Hulme won his first international cap for England against Scotland on 2nd April 1927. England won the game 2-1. Hulme retained his place in the team and that year played against Belgium (9-1), France (6-0), Northern Ireland (0-2) and Wales (1-2). Other members of the England team that year included Dixie Dean, Tom Cooper, Stanley Earle, Edward Hufton and Alf Baker.  In total Joe won nine caps for England, between 1927 and 1933.

In October 1927, Herbert Chapman signed Eddie Hapgood, a 19 year old milkman, who was playing for non-league Kettering Town for a fee of £750. This was followed by the purchase of David Jack (£10,000), Cliff Bastin (£2,000) and Alex James (£8,750).

In the 1929-30 season Arsenal finished in 14th place in the First Division. However in the FA Cup they beat Birmingham City (1-0), Middlesbrough (2-0), West Ham United (3-0) and Hull City (1-0) to reach the final against Chapman’s old club, Huddersfield Town. Arsenal won the game 2-0 with goals from Alex James and Jack Lambert and Joe Hulme had his first cup winners’ medal.

Joe Hulme on the right

The following season Arsenal won their first ever First Division Championship with a record 66 points. The Gunners only lost four games that season. Jack Lambert was top-scorer with 38 goals. Other important players in the team included Joe Hulme, Frank Moss, Alex James, David Jack, Cliff Bastin, Eddie Hapgood, Bob John, Jimmy Brain, Tom Parker, Herbert Roberts, Alf Baker and George Male.

Joe Hulme scored his 100th goal for Arsenal in his 307th game.

In January 1938 Hulme was transferred to Huddersfield Town. His last senior appearance was in the 1938 FA Cup Final against Preston North End making him the first player ever to appear in five Wembley cup finals.



Football League Division 1 winner – 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35

FA Cup winner – 1930, 1936

FA Cup finalist – 1927, 1932

Huddersfield Town

FA Cup finalist – 1938

Joe Hulme was also a fine all round cricketer he was a right-handed middle order batsman, right-arm medium bowler and superb deep fieldsman. He represented Middlesex 223 times between 1929 and 1939 and accumulated 8,103 runs (av. 26.56) with twelve centuries and a top score of 143. He hit 1,000 runs in a season three times with a best of 1,258 (av. 34.94) in 1934. He bagged 89 wickets (av. 36.40) with a best of 4 for 44 and he held 110 catches.

1936 Middlesex CCC – Denis Compton and Joe Hulme – Colorsport

After World War II he worked as a police reserve and played for the Metropolitan Police side; he went on to manage Tottenham Hotspur for four years after which he became a sports journalist up until his retirement in 1965.

He passed away at Winchmore Hill, Middlesex, aged 87, on September 26, 1991.



49 Responses to Arsenal’s Century Club – Joe Hulme

  1. LBG says:

    Thanks GN5.
    Another of the inspiring Arsenal and Middlesex wondermen!

  2. RA says:

    Thank you so much for educating me, GN5, as far as Arsenal’s history is concerned there is a hole in my bucket! 🥺

    Names flash past while reading your Post that I might have vaguely heard before, but you put them into both perspective and a timeline that helps place them into relevant eras in the history of the club.

    Much appreciated.

  3. RA says:

    Hi LB,

    I am glad that my somewhat throwaway comment on Belli Button did not cause offence.

    He started as a very creditable winger when he was a kid, and has the pace and shot to have been a success in that role as a 1st teamer.

    AW converted him to a fullback and everyone thinks he has done very well there. Except, that is, for some lanky git who thinks he should revert to his original role — but the said lanky git can be safely ignored! 😳

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Love it, GN5, thank you

    “his main trick being to push the ball past the opposing full-back then tear past him.”

    The classic kick and run technique, which, given that he’s one place above Theo in the dash for 100 goals, shows a remarkable similarity 🙂

  5. mickydidit89 says:


    Re: Bell. As previously stated, I have our iberian fashionista down as a wingfender, and given that his strengths are more in tune with the wing bit rather than the fendering, I think I’m inclined to agree with the lanky one 🙂

  6. mickydidit89 says:

    Loved the motning referendum tweet. Very good 🙂

  7. allezkev says:

    Top post GN5, really enjoyed it, actually wish it had been a bit longer, the cricket info was new to me thanks.
    Yeah Hulme was a part of probably Arsenal’s best ever attack with Jack, Lambert, Bastin and Lambert scoring a huge amount of goals as they won the title in 30/31, 127 League goals if my memory serves me right, with Alex James the maestro pulling the strings from midfield.

  8. fred1266 says:

    How he only had 9 caps for England

  9. chas says:

    Super stuff, GN5.

    Shame about his association with the spuds but you can’t have everything I suppose. 😊

  10. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Chas,

    Initially I put a sarcastic comment in about him being the Spuds manager – but I had second thoughts and took it out.

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    As allezkev noted Joe Hulme was a part of perhaps the best team in our history – results wise.

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    I could easily have made it longer allezkev but I was worried it would get boring. I’ll put more text in the next post.

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    One of my lingering wishes is that I had been around to watch those teams – but at least my Dad and uncles saw them and I heard all of the stories. My Dad said that when Chapman passed away it felt like he had lost a member of the family.

  14. LB says:

    All good fun RA.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if we felt the same about everything but just are explaining this in a slightly different way.

    How about this: I find it hard to imagine that there is anyone out there who is not happy with the kind of penetration that Kolasinac creates down the left? No one really complains about the gaps that he leaves behind him when we loose possession.

    So why shouldn’t we want the same to happen on the other side?
    Emery certainly does and that is why Hector was working on his instructions to play more advanced and it was working certainly the attacking element anyway.

    The defensive gaps left by Kolasinac sorties are smoothly covered by Monreal but on the other side — not so much: it has taken quite a long time to put this right; it has now or perhaps ‘then’ I should say that defensive cover for him was sorting itself out and it was while this was going on that people started fretting and wondering what was going on.

    Put simply: Bellerin was effectively augmenting the attack; it was the people who were supposed to be coving him who needed to up their game and they did most notably in the form of Torriera — and then, as we all know, just when things were looking rosy it all went tits up against Chelsea when Hector brought a ticket to ride the pine for the rest of the season.

    I expect more of the same next season and I am very much in favour of it.

    In the mean time I suppose it is all eyes on AM-N who is starting to add lead to our pencil down the right.

  15. LB says:

    Wow, you remember your Dad talking about Chapman, it is fantastic to be able to reach through time like that. Reading your comment makes it feel close and real rather than distant black and white images.

    Another good post GN5, thanks as ever.

  16. LB says:

    Something that interests me is that I am curious to know how, if at all, people have changed their minds as to which position Emery should prioritise during the transfer window.

    Who or at what position should the club sign first?

    I think there was a poll not so long ago I wonder how much that would change now?

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    LB, my Dad was one of five brothers who were still alive when I was growing up and Arsenal was one of the main topics of conversation, two of them are still alive 92 and 90 years old and when I phone them they still talk about the Gunners.

    My mother had six bothers who all lived within walking distance of Highbury, so I come from a family truly steeped in Arsenal – my mum’s Dad watched the first game played at Highbury.

  18. fred1266 says:

    CB is that even a question

  19. fred1266 says:

    Ok I may be wrong forgot we have holding And chamber to return

    So I guess according to what formation we actually play

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    LB @ 5:09

    Upgrades on Iwobi and Mhiki

  21. LB says:

    That really is an amazing story GN5, thanks for sharing it.

  22. LB says:

    I had to read it again.

    The first game at Highbury…………………

    I am speechless.

  23. allezkev says:

    GN5, that is fascinating re: your Dad and his brothers, I’d love to hear some of the tales they passed onto you.
    Yeah, I love that period of our clubs history, what an amazing time to be an Arsenal fan…

  24. allezkev says:

    LB, for me a pair of young full backs as that position seems vital to the way we play, the boy at Celtic appears a promising prospect.

  25. allezkev says:

    GN5, is that 11 Arsenal supporting Uncles in total, blimey how cool is that, you must have some great stories to tell?

    And was that your Grandad who saw the first game at Highbury, wasn’t it 1913, vs Leicester Fosse? That is amazing…

    Was your Grandad an Arsenal fan before the club moved from South London? If yes then I wonder if he ever went to Woolwich to see a game at the Manor Ground?

  26. chas says:

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  28. mickydidit89 says:


    I guess it’s put yer feet up on a poof and watch others drop points until we’re back in the saddle on Monday

  29. chas says:

    Yep. Monday night football basically means it’s an Arsenal-less weekend, though Pool v spuds will be interesting.

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Tired already and yet more digging to do

    Why can’t there be a valid sporting diversion excuse?

    Did we escape the internationals injury free, and that includes fatique ie did any of our lot play two competitive games?

  31. chas says:

    What’s the digging for?

    Xhaka has a thigh problem but latest news is encouraging.

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Chavs in Cardiff tomorrow as well

  33. mickydidit89 says:


    The cover story is for large container grown trees, the truth, tunnelling out of the UK for when we become european bitches 🙂

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Problem where I live is you go down a few inches before rocks.

  35. chas says:

    I’ve already got that down as a chav win, then I can only be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

  36. chas says:

    I’m tunnelling out so I can go and live in mainland Europe.

  37. chas says:

    So prisng out big rocks with a crow bar is a better description of your activity?

  38. chas says:

    What container grown trees are you planting?

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes to the crowbar. Exactly. As for the trees? A mixture of fancy specimen sorts 🙂

    Hey, I’m not averse of a tunnel to Italy

    So you know, it’s the system of governance I’m so against, so Brussells and Westminster both same

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    Re Chavs win: I’d say there’s a good chance one of Utd, Spuds or Chavs will drop at least two points, so we just have to win Monnday and keep inching away from 5th

  41. chas says:

    I just had a flashback from when I was helping out my mate’s gardening business. We were using a six foot wrecking bar trying to remove an old tree stump.

  42. chas says:

    new post up in 5.
    I’ve got to go out.

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah, the tree stump business. Very unpleasant. I take it you were in a town garden, otherwise, tractors and chains are the way to go

    ps I’m still trying to think of a catchy one-liner for a post but failing miserably. Recent posts have set the bar way to high

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah….great news on the post front

  45. chas says:

    I’m doing a ‘what does April hold in store’ for tomorrow which effectively sees off the interlull with BR’s Newcastle PM on Monday. Job done.

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok. Well done and thanks to you and the lads for getting us through

  47. chas says:


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