100 years and counting
The Arsenal versus Newcastle United history is littered with famous games, but the fixture list in 1893, 1904 and 1919 ensured that it also contains a quite remarkable coincidence as far as milestone games for the Gunners is concerned:
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Arsenal 1919 – 2019: 100 years in the top flight
We were asked by the Arsenal programme editor Andy Exley to write a few extra pieces for the programme last night. This article, which is a precis of all our previous work on this matter(1), is presented almost verbatim as we have added an exclusive of a segment of Norris’ letter to Catton in 1919.
As you may be aware, this season Arsenal are celebrating an unprecedented 100 consecutive years in the top flight of English football. For much of that time, the story of how the Gunners came to be in the First Division following the end of the First World War has been told and re-told in many publications. So much so that it now bears very little resemblance to what actually happened at a Special General Meeting held by the Football League on 10 March 1919. Using contemporary sources, we can now produce a true account of the events leading up to that date and what actually happened at the meeting.
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Peter Denis Hill-Wood 1936 – 2018
Peter Hill-Wood: The Arsenal 1962-2013
Arsenal director for almost 51 years and chairman for 31 of them – both terms being the longest by any Arsenal director. Read More →
Sir Roger Geoffrey Gibbs 1934 – 2018
Sir Roger Gibbs: The Arsenal 1980-2006
Arsenal director for 26 years during which time the club enjoyed a prolonged period of success. Read More →
Edward “Eddie” Brown 1933 – 2018
Eddie Brown: The Arsenal 1954-1957
An Arsenal reserve and A team player he was unlucky in the timing of his national service call up while at Highbury, but found his feet at Bangor City. Read More →
Ralph Oliver Prouton 1926 – 2018
Ralph Prouton: The Arsenal 1949-52
An Arsenal reserve and ‘A’ team player just after WW2, he also appeared in the County Championship for Hampshire. Read More →
John ‘JT’ Murray MBE 1935 – 2018
John Murray: The Arsenal 1953-56
An England cricketer, he made a couple of appearances for the Gunners ‘A’ team before choosing the summer sport over football. Read More →
Edmund ‘Eddie’ Davies 1927 – 2018
Eddie Davies: The Arsenal 1948-1950
A reserve and ‘A’ team forward just after the Second World War in Tom Whittaker’s reign as manager. Read More →
Branko Kubala 1949 – 2018
Branko Kubala: The Arsenal 1965
Reverse of the press photograph above.
A teenager who trained at Highbury playing in the youth and ‘A’ teams during Billy Wright’s time as manager. Read More →
Arsenal Book List by the Highbury Librarian
On twitter recently talk turned to books and The Highbury Librarian offered to send out his list for fellow book enthusiasts to mull over.
Here it is and for the record my favourite autobiography is Peter Storey’s.
If you know of any other Arsenal books, let us know and we will add them to the list to make it as comprehensive as possible. Read More →