Danskin, David

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Danskin, David Gender: M
born on 9 January 1863 at 23:30 (= 11:30 PM )
Place Burntisland, Scotland, 56n03, 3w15
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 19°17' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 13°07 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 05°28'

David Danskin (Arsenal's squad for the 1888–1889 season. Danskin is seated on the right hand end of the bench)


Scottish mechanical engineer and soccer player notable as a principal founding member of Dial Square F.C. in 1885, renamed Royal Arsenal in 1886, the team that are today known as Arsenal.

Arsenal turned professional in 1891, and although Danskin stood for election to the club's committee in 1892, he did not succeed in getting elected. He ended his official association with Arsenal and later became associated with a new works team from the area, Royal Ordnance Factories, which folded in circa 1896. He also officiated as a referee in local matches.

After many years of ill-health, he died in a hospice in Warwick on 4 August 1948 at the age of 85.

In 2007, to commemorate his role in the club's history, the Arsenal Scotland Supporters Club dedicated a blue plaque to Danskin, near his birthplace in Burntisland.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Arsenal FC On This Day by Paul Donnelley (eBook Partnership, 2012): "FRIDAY 9 JANUARY 1863 Club founder David Danskin born at 11.30pm in Back Street, in Burntisland, Fife."


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical
  • Vocation : Sports : Soccer (Eur.Football)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Referee (Soccer)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator