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Coach Signs for Whites

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Blue Square Bet South club Salisbury City have signed goalkeeping coach Simon Arthur on Conference forms.

Arthur, who boasts a UEFA `A` license for coaching goalkeepers, spent almost five years assisting at Southampton before being appointed keeper coach at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium in the summer.

The 28-year-old has plenty of non-League experience having been on the books of, most recently, AFC Totton, Andover, Basingstoke Town, Bashley, Eastleigh, Farnborough Town, Fleet Town, Newport IoW and Winchester City, where he featured in their 2004 FA Vase final-winning side, keeping a clean sheet at Birmingham City’s St Andrews ground against AFC Sudbury.

He joined the Whites midway through the 2004/05 campaign as understudy to Kevin Sawyer and was an unused substitute on more than a dozen occasions.

Arthur was a popular character at Salisbury during the 2005/06 season which ended with them winning the Southern Premier Division title and reaching the quarter-final of the FA Trophy for the first time in the club’s history.

Although first-team appearances were again restricted due to the fine form of Sawyer – Arthur was named as sub custodian on more than forty occasions that term.

He played half a dozen or so times in City’s minor cup ties including the Wiltshire Shield Final, but was a regular for the reserves as well as spending part of the season on loan at Eastleigh.

Ironically, on the eve of that season, Arthur almost wrestled the number one jersey away from Sawyer after impressing in pre-season training and in City’s friendlies.

Arthur joined Andover in July 2006 and then AFC Totton.

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