536: Raymond ‘Ray’ Kennedy 1951-2021

Ray Kennedy: The Arsenal 1968-1974

“One of the most successful players ever to kick a football” (Seventy One Guns by David Tossell p235)

Ray Kennedy formed a lethal partnership upfront with John Radford, an integral aspect of the double side of 1971, together they scored the majority of the goals in that amazing season as the League and FA Cup ended up at Highbury.

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Glenn Victor Roeder 1955-2021 

Glenn Roeder: The Arsenal 1971-72

Glenn Roeder made a handful of youth team appearances at Arsenal before leaving the club in 1972, returning to the Gunners for an impromptu cameo at the end of the 1977/78 season. Subsequently in a long career he went onto make over 600 competitive appearances as a player. An elegant, cultured ball-playing centre back, who often played as a sweeper, he was famous for the “Roeder Shuffle” which was executed by way of a smart step-over often springing defence into rapid attack. Later he had spells as manager in charge of a number of clubs for over 400 games; in short a true football man.

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Over Land And Sea And Lockdown: Arsenal 2020/21 – By Darren Berry

Book signing event at the Tollington before the Villa game on Friday 22 October from 16:00

If you haven’t bought Over Land And Sea And Lockdown yet please do. It’s brilliant, Darren Berry is one funny f*cker and a great writer. I love it – Bam @ArsenalHomerton

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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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