By Tony Attwood
On 7 May 1938 the glorious run of triumphs that was Arsenal in the 1930s had its final bow as Arsenal won the league in the most dramatic fashion on the last day of the season. Even after their match ended they still didn’t know if they had got that fifth title, and had to wait for the result from Wolverhampton.
The haul of seven major trophies in nine years was all the more remarkable because before the run began with winning the FA Cup in 1930, Arsenal had won neither the League, nor the Cup, nor even the Second Division. They had gone from nowhere to being the third most successful team in the country. And the two teams that outstripped them (Villa and Sunderland both having six league titles to Arsenal’s five) had accumulated much of their trophy list during the years when the competition to win the league was far less severe.
This article takes us through the last five weeks of the campaign of the final triumph of the 1930s.
At the end of March 1938 the team on the up was Middlesbrough with four wins and a draw in the last six games. The team at the top that had suffered a dip was Wolverhampton with just one win in the last six. Wolverhampton were however the only team attempting to play the same sort of game at home and away in the style evolved in the early part of the decade at Arsenal by Herbert Chapman
Arsenal, as we can see, from the league table at the start of April, Arsenal had by far the best home record (13 wins and 44 goals in 16 games) but had the same number of away wins as Everton in 20th.