By Tony Attwood
1910 was the summer that Woolwich Arsenal FC were on the edge of extinction surviving only because of the intervention of Henry Norris. He paid off the debts, negotiated with the existing shareholders, offered the club back to the local community, and indeed guaranteed the club’s solvency.
He also guaranteed that the club would stay in Plumstead for two more seasons.
The first of these promised seasons was not helpful for the club in terms of selling shares and returning ownership to the fans, which is what Henry Norris had intended, but after a shaky start the club, as we have seen, ended the season in 10th place – exactly half way down the table.
With Norris having paid off the debts and guaranteed the future loans, he was not minded to put his hand further into his pocket to buy in new players – not least because the Fund Raising Committee would not hand over its money to the board to use for the club’s benefit.
Below is a list of the players Arsenal used in 1910/11 with links to articles on these players. I’ll be trying to complete the links by having articles on all the players, in the coming weeks.
But something strange cropped up here. I noted two players who I don’t believe were listed on the Arsenal FC official site, in its history section. (I say “don’t believe” because on the day I am writing this, 4 July 2017, the Arsenal.com site no longer has a list of players – although I guess a new one might appear ready for the new season. However when I made a copy of their list to check against my list, during the 2016/17 season, those players were definitely not included.
These players are Leslie Calder and Frederick Calvert who each made on appearance at the end of the season.
All I can find on Leslie Calder in relation to football is that he was born in Southampton, and signed for Arsenal as an amateur on 24 March 1911. He played that one game at centre forward away to Middlesbrough on 15 April 1911. It was a 1-1 draw, Neave scored and there were 14,000 in the crowd. He then signed as a professional on 24 August 1912, but didn’t get another game and does not appear to have moved on to another team.
Fred Calvert played for Woolwich Arsenal while he was in the Army based at the Woolwich Garrison. He was born in Southend on Sea and signed for Arsenal as an amateur on 2 April 1911. He played in the match after that involving Calder – the game two days later away to Liverpool, another 1-1 draw, this in front of 20,000. He did however manage one more game – against Notts County on 23 December 1911. Arsenal lost 1-3 in front of 6,000.
And that is all I have.
The players who don’t yet have biographies on this site will have them added in the coming weeks, but for now, here is the full list, with links to articles that have thus far been completed.
|Leslie Adair Calder||Forward||1|
|Frederick J Calvert||Forward||1|
|John Chalmers||Centre forward||31||16|
|Alfred Common||Inside forward||31||6|
|Andrew Ducat||Wing half||35||3||1|
|John Flanagan||Inside forward||10||1|
|Archie Gray||Full back||28|
|David Greenaway||Outside right||22||2|
|Frank Heppinstall||Outside left||5|
|Gordon Rahere Hoare||Forward||16||7|
|Charles Henry Lewis||Forward||36||2|
|Henry McDaid Logan||Forward||11|
|Duncan McDonald||Full back||1|
|Roddy McEachrane||Half back||32|
|Angus McKinnon||Left half||10|
|David Neave||Outside left||16||3|
|John Charles Peart||Full back||7|
|James Alfred Quayle||Full back||1|
|Willis Rippon||Inside forward||9||2|
|Percy Sands||Centre half||33|
|Joseph E Shaw||Full back||37|
|Matthew Shortt||Inside forward||4|
|Matthew Thomson||Half back||17|
|Thomas Winship||Outside left||6|
The story of Henry Norris at the Arsenal is being developed on this site. Here are the articles already completed
- There is an index to all the series on this site on the home page