WHERE ARE THEY NOW? JOHN RADFORD

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When John Radford takes his seat among Arsenal supporters in Paris tomorrow, it will be with nerve ends already raw. On Saturday, the former Gunners centre-forward, nowadays manager of the Diadora League side, Bishop's Stortford, sweated through 90 minutes before his side secured a last-day win to stave off relegation.

It will be only the second Arsenal game Radford has attended this season. At the other one he presented an award to Ian Wright, who had taken his record as the club's top scorer in Europe. "I didn't even know I held the record until they invited me along," he said.

Radford, a former butcher's boy from Hemsworth in West Yorkshire, scored the second goal of three at Highbury when Arsenal overturned a first-leg deficit against Anderlecht to lift the 1970 Fairs Cup. "That's my best memory, even more than doing the Double, because it was the club's first trophy for 17 years."

The scorer of 111 League goals for Arsenal, Radford moved to West Ham before finishing his professional career at Blackburn in 1979. Then, as a player, he helped Bishop's Stortford do another "double" - promotion and FA Trophy in 1981 - before retiring to run the Greyhound pub in Thaxted, Essex.

Now 49, he returned to the Hertfordshire club - where he is also commercial manager - eight years ago, via a spell as youth coach at Queen's Park Rangers. Married since 1968, he and his Dutch-born wife, Engel, have two sons, Ian, 24, and 19-year-old Robert.

Jon Culley

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