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Arsenal v Blackpool 1899 report (slightly delayed)

By Tony Attwood

Peter Duerden, a Blackpool FC supporter and historian, recently got in touch asking about the Arsenal team for a match against Blackpool in 1899 – I’ve naturally done what I can to help.  In return Peter has very kindly taken the trouble to provide local newspaper reports from Blackpool for the games, and I am delighted to be able to publish them here.

Of course the players’ names won’t mean too much, but the style of reporting is fascinating.

The Arsenal History Society has chosen, as you probably know, to focus on individual periods of Arsenal’s history – the 1970s, the 1930s, and the Norris era (1910-1927) but if anyone fancies going through the Woolwich press for the early years of Royal Arsenal and Woolwich Arsenal and supply copies as per those below, I’d love to publish them.  I regret I don’t have time to do the search and retrieval myself.

So here are the reports, and then below that, the league tables after the second game.   The regular anniversary file will appear in a separate report later today.

18 March 1899: Woolwich Arsenal 6 Blackpool 0

 

And the return; 22 March 1899 – Blackpool 1 Woolwich Arsenal 1

After the games on 22 March 1899 the Football League Division two table read like this

Team P W D L F A GAv Pts
1 Manchester City 27 17 5 5 72 32 2.250 39
2 New Brighton Tower 28 16 7 5 61 35 1.743 39
3 Leicester Fosse 28 16 6 6 54 36 1.500 38
4 Burslem Port Vale 29 17 3 9 52 27 1.926 37
5 Small Heath 27 16 3 8 75 41 1.829 35
6 Woolwich Arsenal 28 16 3 9 62 35 1.771 35
7 Glossop North End 27 15 4 8 64 35 1.829 34
8 Walsall 28 11 11 6 66 32 2.063 33
9 Newton Heath 26 15 2 9 53 36 1.472 32
10 Lincoln City 26 10 6 10 42 39 1.077 26
11 Burton Swifts 27 9 8 10 47 47 1.000 26
12 Barnsley 27 9 6 12 46 48 0.958 24
13 Grimsby Town 25 10 4 11 44 46 0.957 24
14 Gainsborough Trinity 28 8 4 16 47 55 0.855 20
15 Luton Town 25 7 2 16 40 72 0.556 16
16 Blackpool 27 5 3 19 32 80 0.400 13
17 Loughborough 28 4 4 20 19 83 0.229 12
18 Darwen 27 1 3 23 14 111 0.126 5

The Blackpool away game was one of only two games in the 1898/99 for which no crowd figure was recorded.  Arsenal’s home crowds are shown as varying between 2,000 and 7,000 during the season.

Arsenal finished the season in 7th, which was pretty much their regular position until things started to pick up in the new century, culminating in the club’s first promotion in 1904.  Blackpool finished the league in 16th.


100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919.


Publications

“Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” is the definitive history of Arsenal from its inception as a league club through to its first year at Highbury, and reveals dramatic elements of Arsenal’s early days that have never been revealed before.

“Making the Arsenal” is a journalist’s inside view of the events around Arsenal’s collapse in 1910 and the rescue that paved the way for the move to Highbury and the arrival of Herbert Chapman.

Both books are now available on Kindle and in print.    Please see here for more details. 


Highlights from this website (see here for full indexes)

Today’s Arsenal Anniversaries: For the latest story please see the top story in “Recent Posts” on the left of this page.

Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to the series here.

Arsenal in the 1930s: The most comprehensive series on the decade ever

Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail.


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