William Elcoat – Woolwich Arsenal Manager 1898 – 1899

Arsenal had been in existence for 11 years before the directors finally succumbed and appointed the club’s first manager in March 1897. That man was Thomas Mitchell, one of the biggest names in the game who had led Blackburn Rovers to FA Cup wins in 1890 and 1891 as well as being a leading light in the foundation of the Football League.

Mitchell’s tenure only lasted a year before falling out with the directorate, and his successor remained something of a mystery man until a few years ago.

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When The Arsenal Clock Was Placed On The North Bank

We’ve written before about how Arsenal’s famous clock moved around Highbury on a number of occasions during the 1930s. We were never 100% certain of when it first appeared at the back of the North terrace / Laundry End / North Bank; the best we could manage was some time during December 1931. We’ve now come across some more information, including a photograph from the first game when it re-appeared.

The Arsenal Clock – 6 January 1934

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Whenever a new Arsenal player makes his debut, the question “how many players have played for Arsenal?” usually gets asked. Well, here is the answer – every player that has played for Arsenal’s first team in a competitive game in chronological order.

Any player that has an asterisk (*) next to his name scored on his Arsenal debut, and any names underlined will show a picture of the the player if you hover your mouse pointer over the name. We’ll add these as and when we can, but bear with us as it’s a time consuming process.

Where two or more players made their debut in the same game, they are given the same chronological number. If two or more players came on as a substitute in the same game, they are given consecutive chronological numbers dependent upon the order in which they came on.

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Why did Tottenham poll so few votes in 1919?

If you’re not already aware, following the end of World War One the members of the Football League decided to increase the size of both the First Division and Second Division by two teams. At a meeting held on 10 March 1919, Chelsea were unanimously elected back into the top flight as it was felt that they had been unjustly relegated due to an incident of match fixing between Liverpool and Manchester United players.

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