Don Roper

Date of birth14 December 1922
Place of birthBotley
NationalityEnglish
PositionWinger

With Arsenal, 1st Division Champion 1948, 1953, FA Cup runner-up 1952. Moved to Arsenal in August 1947 and returned to Southampton in January 1957.

A £15,000 signing from Southampton, Don was a major goals contributor to Arsenal's 1947-48 and 1952-53 League Championship triumphs. Also played cricket for Hampshire.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Southampton 01 Jun 1940 01 Aug 1947
Arsenal 01 Aug 1947 01 Jan 1957

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1945-46 Southampton FA Cup 4
1946-47 Southampton FA Cup 2
1
1946-47 Southampton League Division Two 40
8
1947-48 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1947-48 Arsenal League Division One 40
10
1948-49 Arsenal FA Charity Shield 1
1948-49 Arsenal FA Cup 2
1
1948-49 Arsenal League Division One 31
5
1949-50 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1949-50 Arsenal League Division One 27
7
1950-51 Arsenal FA Cup 4
1
1950-51 Arsenal League Division One 34
7
1951-52 Arsenal FA Cup 7
1
1951-52 Arsenal League Division One 30
9
1952-53 Arsenal FA Cup 4
2
1952-53 Arsenal League Division One 41
14
1953-54 Arsenal FA Cup 2
2
1953-54 Arsenal League Division One 39
12
1954-55 Arsenal League Division One 35
17
1955-56 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1955-56 Arsenal League Division One 16
4
1956-57 Arsenal League Division One 4
3
1956-57 Southampton Division Three (South) 17
6
1957-58 Southampton Division Three (South) 38
18
1957-58 Southampton FA Cup 2
1958-59 Southampton FA Cup 3
1958-59 Southampton League Division Three 25
8


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
05 Jan 1946 Southampton v Newport County W 4-3 FA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
10 Jan 1946 Newport County v Southampton W 1-2
Agg: 4-6
FA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
26 Jan 1946 Southampton v Queens Park Rangers L 0-1 FA Cup 4th round
30 Jan 1946 Queens Park Rangers v Southampton L 4-3 FA Cup 4th round
04 Sep 1946 Southampton v Swansea Town W 4-0 League Division Two
07 Sep 1946 Southampton v Bury D 1-1 League Division Two
09 Sep 1946 Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton L 2-1 League Division Two
14 Sep 1946 Southampton v Nottingham Forest W 5-2 League Division Two
21 Sep 1946 Coventry City v Southampton L 2-0 League Division Two
28 Sep 1946 Southampton v Birmingham City W 1-0 League Division Two
03 Oct 1946 Swansea Town v Southampton L 4-2 League Division Two
05 Oct 1946 West Bromwich Albion v Southampton L 2-0 League Division Two
12 Oct 1946 Southampton v Newcastle United D 1-1 League Division Two
19 Oct 1946 Luton Town v Southampton D 2-2 League Division Two
24 Oct 1946 Newport County v Southampton W 1-2 League Division Two
26 Oct 1946 Southampton v Plymouth Argyle W 5-1 League Division Two
02 Nov 1946 Leicester City v Southampton L 2-0 League Division Two
09 Nov 1946 Southampton v Chesterfield D 1-1 League Division Two
16 Nov 1946 Millwall v Southampton L 3-1 League Division Two
23 Nov 1946 Southampton v Bradford Park Avenue W 3-2 League Division Two
30 Nov 1946 Manchester City v Southampton D 1-1 League Division Two
07 Dec 1946 Southampton v West Ham United W 4-2 League Division Two
14 Dec 1946 Sheffield Wednesday v Southampton L 3-0 League Division Two
25 Dec 1946 Barnsley v Southampton D 4-4 League Division Two
28 Dec 1946 Southampton v Newport County W 5-1 League Division Two
11 Jan 1947 Southampton v Bury W 5-1 FA Cup 3rd round
18 Jan 1947 Nottingham Forest v Southampton L 6-0 League Division Two
25 Jan 1947 Newcastle United v Southampton L 3-1 FA Cup 4th round
01 Feb 1947 Birmingham City v Southampton L 3-1 League Division Two
05 Feb 1947 Southampton v Coventry City W 5-2 League Division Two
08 Feb 1947 Southampton v West Bromwich Albion L 0-1 League Division Two
15 Feb 1947 Newcastle United v Southampton W 1-3 League Division Two
22 Feb 1947 Southampton v Luton Town L 1-3 League Division Two
01 Mar 1947 Plymouth Argyle v Southampton W 2-3 League Division Two
22 Mar 1947 Southampton v Millwall L 1-2 League Division Two
29 Mar 1947 Bradford Park Avenue v Southampton W 2-3 League Division Two
04 Apr 1947 Burnley v Southampton L 1-0 League Division Two
05 Apr 1947 Southampton v Manchester City L 0-1 League Division Two
07 Apr 1947 Southampton v Burnley L 0-1 League Division Two
12 Apr 1947 West Ham United v Southampton L 4-0 League Division Two
19 Apr 1947 Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday W 3-1 League Division Two
26 Apr 1947 Fulham v Southampton D 0-0 League Division Two
03 May 1947 Chesterfield v Southampton L 5-0 League Division Two
10 May 1947 Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur W 1-0 League Division Two
24 May 1947 Southampton v Fulham W 2-0 League Division Two
26 May 1947 Southampton v Leicester City D 1-1 League Division Two
12 Jan 1957 Southampton v Southend United L 1-2 Division Three (South)
19 Jan 1957 Northampton Town v Southampton L 2-1 Division Three (South)
02 Feb 1957 Southampton v Queens Park Rangers L 1-2 Division Three (South)
23 Feb 1957 Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton L 1-0 Division Three (South)
09 Mar 1957 Ipswich Town v Southampton L 2-0 Division Three (South)
16 Mar 1957 Southampton v Brentford D 3-3 Division Three (South)
23 Mar 1957 Aldershot v Southampton D 1-1 Division Three (South)
25 Mar 1957 Reading v Southampton W 2-4 Division Three (South)
30 Mar 1957 Southampton v Watford W 3-1 Division Three (South)
04 Apr 1957 Newport County v Southampton W 2-3 Division Three (South)
06 Apr 1957 Shrewsbury Town v Southampton D 0-0 Division Three (South)
13 Apr 1957 Southampton v Walsall W 3-1 Division Three (South)
19 Apr 1957 Torquay United v Southampton L 2-0 Division Three (South)
20 Apr 1957 Swindon Town v Southampton D 0-0 Division Three (South)
22 Apr 1957 Southampton v Torquay United W 1-0 Division Three (South)
27 Apr 1957 Watford v Southampton L 4-2 Division Three (South)
04 May 1957 Southampton v Newport County W 3-0 Division Three (South)
24 Aug 1957 Millwall v Southampton W 1-2 Division Three (South)
28 Aug 1957 Southampton v Walsall W 4-1 Division Three (South)
31 Aug 1957 Southampton v Gillingham W 5-1 Division Three (South)
05 Sep 1957 Walsall v Southampton D 1-1 Division Three (South)
07 Sep 1957 Exeter City v Southampton D 2-2 Division Three (South)
11 Sep 1957 Southampton v Port Vale L 0-3 Division Three (South)
14 Sep 1957 Southampton v Queens Park Rangers W 5-0 Division Three (South)
16 Sep 1957 Port Vale v Southampton L 4-0 Division Three (South)
21 Sep 1957 Southend United v Southampton L 3-2 Division Three (South)
25 Sep 1957 Southampton v Plymouth Argyle L 0-1 Division Three (South)
28 Sep 1957 Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion W 5-0 Division Three (South)
30 Sep 1957 Plymouth Argyle v Southampton L 4-0 Division Three (South)
09 Oct 1957 Southampton v Swindon Town L 1-3 Division Three (South)
26 Oct 1957 Reading v Southampton L 1-0 Division Three (South)
02 Nov 1957 Southampton v Northampton Town W 2-1 Division Three (South)
09 Nov 1957 Watford v Southampton L 3-0 Division Three (South)
16 Nov 1957 Walton and Hersham v Southampton W 1-6 FA Cup Preliminary round 1st leg
23 Nov 1957 Torquay United v Southampton D 1-1 Division Three (South)
30 Nov 1957 Southampton v Brentford W 4-2 Division Three (South)
12 Dec 1957 Crystal Palace v Southampton L 1-0 FA Cup 2nd round
14 Dec 1957 Southampton v Norwich City W 7-3 Division Three (South)
21 Dec 1957 Southampton v Millwall W 3-2 Division Three (South)
25 Dec 1957 Aldershot v Southampton W 1-5 Division Three (South)
26 Dec 1957 Southampton v Aldershot D 2-2 Division Three (South)
11 Jan 1958 Southampton v Exeter City W 6-0 Division Three (South)
18 Jan 1958 Queens Park Rangers v Southampton L 3-2 Division Three (South)
25 Jan 1958 Southampton v Crystal Palace W 2-1 Division Three (South)
01 Feb 1958 Southampton v Southend United D 2-2 Division Three (South)
08 Feb 1958 Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton D 1-1 Division Three (South)
15 Feb 1958 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic v Southampton L 5-2 Division Three (South)
22 Feb 1958 Southampton v Coventry City W 7-1 Division Three (South)
01 Mar 1958 Shrewsbury Town v Southampton W 1-3 Division Three (South)
08 Mar 1958 Southampton v Reading L 0-1 Division Three (South)
15 Mar 1958 Northampton Town v Southampton W 1-3 Division Three (South)
22 Mar 1958 Southampton v Torquay United W 4-2 Division Three (South)
29 Mar 1958 Norwich City v Southampton W 0-2 Division Three (South)
05 Apr 1958 Southampton v Watford W 5-0 Division Three (South)
07 Apr 1958 Swindon Town v Southampton L 1-0 Division Three (South)
12 Apr 1958 Brentford v Southampton D 0-0 Division Three (South)
19 Apr 1958 Southampton v Colchester United W 3-2 Division Three (South)
23 Aug 1958 Mansfield Town v Southampton W 1-6 League Division Three
30 Aug 1958 Southampton v Swindon Town D 1-1 League Division Three
01 Sep 1958 Southampton v Chesterfield D 0-0 League Division Three
06 Sep 1958 Brentford v Southampton L 2-0 League Division Three
20 Sep 1958 Bradford City v Southampton W 2-3 League Division Three
25 Sep 1958 Notts County v Southampton W 1-2 League Division Three
01 Oct 1958 Southampton v Notts County W 3-0 League Division Three
08 Oct 1958 Accrington Stanley v Southampton D 0-0 League Division Three
18 Oct 1958 Southampton v Norwich City D 1-1 League Division Three
25 Oct 1958 Southend United v Southampton D 1-1 League Division Three
01 Nov 1958 Southampton v Bury W 4-2 League Division Three
08 Nov 1958 Queens Park Rangers v Southampton D 2-2 League Division Three
15 Nov 1958 Southampton v Woking W 4-1 FA Cup Preliminary round 1st leg
22 Nov 1958 Tranmere Rovers v Southampton L 2-0 League Division Three
29 Nov 1958 Southampton v Plymouth Argyle W 5-1 League Division Three
06 Dec 1958 Queens Park Rangers v Southampton W 0-1 FA Cup 2nd round
13 Dec 1958 Southampton v Stockport County W 2-1 League Division Three
20 Dec 1958 Southampton v Mansfield Town W 3-2 League Division Three
25 Dec 1958 Newport County v Southampton L 4-2 League Division Three
27 Dec 1958 Southampton v Newport County D 3-3 League Division Three
03 Jan 1959 Swindon Town v Southampton L 3-1 League Division Three
10 Jan 1959 Southampton v Blackpool L 1-2 FA Cup 3rd round
24 Jan 1959 Doncaster Rovers v Southampton L 3-2 League Division Three
31 Jan 1959 Hull City v Southampton L 3-0 League Division Three
07 Feb 1959 Southampton v Bradford City L 1-2 League Division Three
14 Mar 1959 Southampton v Southend United W 3-2 League Division Three
11 Apr 1959 Southampton v Tranmere Rovers L 2-3 League Division Three
18 Apr 1959 Plymouth Argyle v Southampton L 1-0 League Division Three


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.