by Tony Attwood
On 6 May 1922, after a dismal season which included 5 consecutive defeats Arsenal rounded the league off with four wins and a draw in the last five to finish with Arsenal 1 Bradford C 0 and 17th place in the league. Here is the final table…
|13||West Bromwich Albion||42||15||10||17||51||63||0.810||40|
|16||Preston North End||42||13||12||17||42||65||0.646||38|
|08/05/1922||Crystal Palace (final)||N||LFACC||1-0||12,000|
Below is the table of players who played 10+ league games for Arsenal in 1921/2 showing also their FA Cup games and in the final columns the number of games they played and goals scored for the club in their careers.
|League 21/2||FA Cup 21/2||League career||FA Cup career|
These figures are derived from data in TheArsenalHistory website. The site records 13 players who also played between one and nine league matches for the club during the season in addition to the 16 players who got into double figures in the league – a total of 29 players. This was on the high side – but not impossibly high. Chapman by way of comparison in his third season ended up with 24 players being used.
So it probably wasn’t the sheer number of players that were used that was the issue but the regular chopping and changing of the team – which as noted in the commentaries was probably as much to do with injuries and the second flu epidemic as it was to do with footballing decisions.
Henry Norris at the Arsenal – the series
Perhaps the most popular element in the Norris story is that of Arsenal’s promotion to the first division in 1919. The most complete review of this, which puts right the numerous misunderstandings of the events of that year appears, and most importantly cites contemporary articles and reports, such as the minutes of the FA meeting where the promotion was confirmed, and the reports in local papers thereafter, here in these two sets of articles…
- April 1915: New revelations concerning perhaps the most important month in Arsenal’s history
- November / December 1915: the match fixing scandal comes to the fore: Norris is armed
The voting and the comments before and after the election
- The first suggestion that Arsenal could be elected to the 1st division.
- Arsenal in January 1919: rioting in the streets and the question of promotion
- What the media said about the election of Arsenal to the 1st division in 1919
- Arsenal prepare for the vote on who should be promoted to the First Division
- March 1919: The vote to extend the league and what the media said
- Why did the clubs vote for Arsenal rather than Tottenham in March 1919?
The Second Libel
The Third Allegation
The Fourth Allegation
Did Henry Norris really beg Leslie Knighton to stay and offer him the hugest bonus ever? And if so, why were there no new players?
- May/June 1921: Knighton the fantasist. The fourth allegation.
- Why did Arsenal manager Knighton turn down Man City but not buy players? Summer of 1921.
The Fifth Story:
The Sixth Allegation