By Tony Attwood
At 10pm on Saturday 22nd June the commercial radio station Talk Sport are doing a programme about the history of football.
I don’t have much in the way of details about the programme but I do know a little because in preparation for the programme Talk Sport came and interviewed me about the history of Arsenal from Chapman to Wenger.
If you have ever done a TV or radio interview – or indeed been interviewed by a newspaper journalist – you will know that you can talk for hours and then have 20 seconds of your commentary broadcast or reported.
This of course could be the situation this weekend but the gentleman who interviewed me has told me that I “feature quite a bit” in the final cut. So maybe…
Of course I also appreciate that 10pm on a Saturday night is not exactly the peak listening time, and indeed even I shall miss the live broadcast since it is my birthday and I shall be out with my daughters and grandchildren. But a lot of people have worked so hard to develop the AISA Arsenal History Society, and this web site, so I do think any exposure and recognition we get is good. And I will hear a recording.
What’s more it is on an important anniversary (and here I don’t mean my birthday). 22nd June is the anniversary of Woolwich Arsenal’s inaugural Statutory Meeting, at which Jack Humble was elected chairman. That was in 1893, just a few weeks after Arsenal were elected to the Football League. It is a day to be celebrated each year.
My one worry about the broadcast is that when writing history material my fellow officers within the Arsenal History Society (Andy and Mark) keep me on the straight and narrow in terms of facts. This interview was done entirely off the cuff, and I didn’t know where the interviewer was going to take it, so I may well have made some enormous blunder. If you hear one, don’t laugh too loudly.
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