How many managers and how many trophies. From Terry Neill to today.

Details of today’s anniversaries follow below


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It is interesting to note that since Terry Neill resigned as Tottenham manager on this day in 1976 they have had 25 or so managers.  (That number might not be 100% accurate – it is hard to keep track).  Even including the temporary managers such as Pat Rice, the number for Arsenal is just eight.  Which might explain the different in the success of the clubs in those years from 1976 to today.

Neill of course moved over to Arsenal, and was not among our most successful managers, but he did manage to win the FA Cup.  George Graham won the league twice, a cup double and a European pot, while Mr Wenger gained three titles and seven FA Cups.  Tottenham have, I think, won rather fewer trophies.

Here are the anniversaries for today…

23 June 1914: The RAF was established.

23 June 1953: Alf Haynes died.  He played 29 games as a centre half under Herbert Chapman.  Later he ran a newsagents in Oxford and wrote a sports column for the local newspaper and kept his connections with Arsenal under Tom Whittaker, acting as a scout.

23 June 1971: Ex Arsenal man Jimmy Bloomfield became manager of Leicester.  After that he went to Orient, and led them to an FA Cup semi-final at Arsenal and later managed Luton, before his tragically early death from cancer.

23 June 1976: Patrick Vieira born in Dakar, Senegal.  Qualifying for French citizenship he played for Cannes, and made two appearances for Milan before they unexpectedly released him, and Mr Wenger bought him, while he was still managing in Japan.  On 11 June 2018, Vieira was appointed as the manager of OGC Nice

23 June 1976: Terry Neill resigned as Tottenham manager.  He had lasted 2 years.  At the time such an early departure at Tottenham was unusual, but since then only four of the club’s 25 subsequent managers have lasted longer.  See also here

23 June 1953: Death of Alf Haynes.  After ending his playing career he had become a scout and had among other things recommended Cliff Holton to Arsenal.

23 June 1955: David Price born in Surrey.  He joined Arsenal in 1970 and made his first team début aged 17 in an end-of-season game against Leeds.  His career ended aged 28 because of an injury after which he became a taxi driver.

23 June 2016: After rumours that Arsenal had tried to sign Vardy from Leicester the club and player admitted that he had signed a new contract.


2 Replies to “How many managers and how many trophies. From Terry Neill to today.”

  1. Mr. Graham also won an additional league cup you have omitted, which launched the recent era of success.

  2. Yes it is true about the league cup – although I’ve not added them – but I am not at all sure about the launch to success.

    The 1987 league cup was followed by a season in which we finished 6th and a second league cup final which we lost to Luton.
    The 1993 league cup was part of the cup double, but in the league we finished 10th. Although recovering to 4th the following season we were then back down to 12th. It’s a matter of opinion of course but I don’t see that the League Cups really had any lasting impct on the club or the team.

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