Over the last few years we’ve discovered that much of Arsenal’s history isn’t what it seems. We’ve done this by researching the facts rather than just believing what someone has previously written.
What we haven’t done is use this as an excuse just to re-write Arsenal’s history to make it more palatable, if something bad happened then we have no problem admitting this.
So, open your minds and throw away those old history books.
Are Arsenal the only team to be promoted to the top flight of English football not on playing merit? No, Blackburn and Newcastle in 1898, Bury and Notts County in 1905, and Chelsea in 1919 were also elected to the top flight. And finally, Sunderland in 1990.
Did Henry Norris try to merge Woolwich Arsenal with Fulham?
No. It was originally believed that Norris tried to merge Arsenal with Fulham but it was vetoed by the Football League. However, a report in the Athletic News on 30 May 1910 stated that this was never put forward to the Football League Management Committee.
Did Henry Norris try to get Woolwich Arsenal to groundshare with Fulham?
Yes, but Arsenal chairman George Leavey refused to sanction the move insisting that the club remain in Plumstead while he was on the board.
Did Herbert Chapman instigate the tradition of all members of the Arsenal team wearing the same length sleeves?
No. Arsenal never had a short-sleeved kit option until 1957, 23 years after Chapman’s death.
Did John Lukic survive the Munich air crash in 1958?
No. This was a popular trivia question in the late 1990s. Someone found out that a woman who survived the crash had the name Lukic and told everyone it was John’s mother who was pregnant with him at the time. John has confirmed that it wasn’t his mother. There was also a 22 month gap between the air crash and John’s birth.
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- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal – crowd behaviour at the early matches