By Tony Attwood
Saturday September 10th, 1910. One hundred years ago.
The crowd was 14,000 and the goalless draw left Arsenal with two draws and a defeat from the first three games, having scored 2 goals and let in three. At least having already lost three key players in the first two games there were no more injuries and it looked as if the same team could turn out for the next match away at Aston Villa in a week’s time.
After three games Arsenal were 12th out of 20, and just one point above the bottom placed club. Aston Villa were 15th but had only played two games. Top of the league was Sunderland, the only team with a 100% record. Bottom of the league was Preston North End.
On the day before this game Henry Norris wrote a piece in the West London (the local daily) saying that he would be at as many Fulham games as he could, and would be doing everything possible to get them into the First Division. There was not a single word in his report about Arsenal, which he now owned.
The whole story of 1910 is told from the point of view of a Fleet Street journalist of the time in Making the Arsenal. It is available here and available on Amazon.co.uk
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