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When was the best time to be an Arsenal supporter?

By Tony Attwood

I’m sure many such times could be put forward as the best time to be an Arsenal fan – the run up to the Unbeaten Season would be a fairly good moment to choose.

But how about also considering the first half of the 1932/3 season?

Interestingly it did not look like it might be one of the all time great seasons at first as Arsenal won the first game 1-0 and lost the second game at home 1-2.

And one might think that losing Male and Roberts from the team after two games might spell even greater disaster.   But that is what happened.  Male finally returned on October 22 as a right back while Roberts missed just four games before resuming.  Also after two games Coleman took over at number nine and ended the season as second top scorer with 24 goals in 27 games.  (Top scorer was Bastin at 11 with 33 goals in 42).

So here’s what happened.

3 September 1932.  Arsenal start an amazing 18 match run in which they won 15, drew 2 and suffered one defeat, scoring 66 goals in the process (3.66 a game)

15 October 1932: George Male’s first appearance as a right back v Blackburn

29 October 1932: Arsenal 8 Leicester 2, continuing a run of 9 wins, drawn 2 and lost 1 in the league.

31 October 1932: A detour away from the race to the first division, to play in the Armistice match:  Racing club de Paris 2 Arsenal 5.  Four goals from Cliff Bastin.

5 November 1932: Following the 8-2 win one week before Arsenal beat Wolverhampton 7-1 away.

12 November 1932: Arsenal make it 11 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in the opening of the season, with a 1-0 win over Newcastle

19 November 1932: Arsenal let in five in 5-3 away defeat to Villa

3 December 1932: Arsenal score 3+ goals for the fifth match running – not repeated under 2008/9

24 December 1932: Arsenal 9 Sheffield Wednesday 2.  It meant thus far in the season Arsenal had in different games scored 6, 7, 8 and 9 goals.

27 December 1930: George Male first game for the first team.  Arsenal 7 Blackpool 1  The fourth game of the season with five or more goals by Arsenal

Here’s the full run of results.

Date Opposition Venue Result Pos
27.08.1932 Birmingham City away W1-0 1
31.08.1932 West Bromwich Albion home L1-2 9
03.09.1932 Sunderland home W6-1 7
10.09.1932 Manchester City away W3-2 5
14.09.1932 West Bromwich Albion away D1-1 5
17.09.1932 Bolton Wanderers home W3-2 4
24.09.1932 Everton home W2-1 2
01.10.1932 Blackpool away W2-1 2
08.10.1932 Derby County home D3-3 2
15.10.1932 Blackburn Rovers away W3-2 2
22.10.1932 Liverpool away W3-2 2
29.10.1932 Leicester City home W8-2 1
05.11.1932 Wolverhampton Wanderers away W7-1 1
12.11.1932 Newcastle United home W1-0 1
19.11.1932 Aston Villa away L3-5 2
26.11.1932 Middlesbrough home W4-2 1
03.12.1932 Portsmouth away W3-1 1
10.12.1932 Chelsea home W4-1 1
17.12.1932 Huddersfield Town away W1-0 1
24.12.1932 Sheffield United home W9-2 1
26.12.1932 Leeds United home L1-2 1
27.12.1932 Leeds United away D0-0 1
31.12.1932 Birmingham City home W3-0 1

 By the end of the year the league table looked like this.

    P W D L F A GA Pt
1 Arsenal 23 17 3 3 72 33 2.18 37
2 Aston Villa 23 13 6 4 58 36 1.61 32
3 Sheffield Wednesday 23 14 4 5 53 35 1.51 32
4 Newcastle United 22 13 3 6 43 27 1.59 29
5 Derby County 23 11 7 5 52 38 1.37 29
6 Leeds United 23 10 9 4 32 28 1.14 29
7 West Bromwich Albion 22 12 2 8 45 36 1.25 26
8 Everton 23 10 4 9 46 37 1.24 24
9 Huddersfield Town 23 10 4 9 33 31 1.06 24
10 Sunderland 22 10 4 8 42 44 0.95 24
11 Sheffield United 22 8 6 8 45 54 0.83 22
12 Liverpool 23 8 5 10 43 45 0.96 21
13 Portsmouth 23 8 5 10 44 49 0.90 21
14 Blackburn Rovers 23 7 7 9 47 55 0.85 21
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 9 3 11 47 55 0.85 21
16 Blackpool 23 9 1 13 40 51 0.78 19
17 Manchester City 23 8 2 13 46 47 0.98 18
18 Chelsea 23 8 2 13 33 47 0.70 18
19 Birmingham City 23 6 5 12 31 37 0.84 17
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 5 3 15 42 65 0.65 13
21 Leicester City 23 2 8 13 31 57 0.54 12
22 Middlesbrough 21 4 3 14 32 50 0.64 11

With just two points for a win Arsenal’s lead was bigger in effect than such a lead today although Villa were still quite a threat.

Arsenal’s team for the November 5 game was

Moss

Male Hapgood

Hill Roberts John

Hulme Jack Coleman James Bastin

The crowd was 56,498, the highest so far in the season.

The books…

The index: www.blog.woolwicharsenal.co.uk

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3 comments to When was the best time to be an Arsenal supporter?

  • The font

    Anytime

  • ken lo

    Sorry, but every day is the best time to be a Arsenal supporter.
    After following my cclub for 6o years, the passion never dies.
    Every game I see that famous cannon on a shirt it feels wonderful.
    Once a gooner always a gooner should always be every Arsenal fans motto.
    Cannot imagine life without my club…and I have a wonderful wife, two children and three grandsons…Arsenal come just behind them in prioritiy for me…what a wonderful display against Liverpool, their supporters never had a chance to get going.
    Thank you Arsene for just being as committed as me!!!

  • EIE

    When Wenger leaves and we start acting like a big club.

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