Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #12 David Hillier
Name: David Hillier
In his 1990s prime for: Arsenal
Lowdown: After joining Arsenal at the age of fourteen, Hillier impressed George Graham and made his first team debut in 1990, winning the league title the same year.
Although never really being a regular starter during his Arsenal career, Hillier did play 43 games in 1992/3. However, tragedy struck when the midfielder was forced to miss three cup finals in a row for Arsenal with injury. When he did finally make a final appearance, Nayim of Real Zaragoza scored from the halfway line in the Cup Winners’ Cup of 1995.
Hillier’s Arsenal career ended when he first failed a drugs test (for the presence of cannabis) and then was convicted of stealing £3,000 worth of luggage from a fellow passenger at Gatwick airport. He went on to play for Portsmouth for three years, and then finally Bristol Rovers and Barnet, retiring in 2003.
Now: After retiring, Hillier became a fireman, but also coaches a team in Gloucestershire , Almondsbury UWE. He can also be heard commentating on Arsenal matches for the Arsenal TV online commentary.