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When Arsenal had an official feeder club

Feeder clubs – clubs which have a direct link with another club in a higher division – are outlawed within England, but it has not always been so. In 1934 Arsenal became one of the first clubs to join forces with a much smaller team, giving them somewhere that they could send promising young players […]

How the torpedo factory and peace scuppered Arsenal

The reason for Arsenal moving from Plumstead to Highbury can be summed up by two factors: the river to the north meant that Arsenal’s catchment area was effectively half what it might have been, and the supporters tended mostly to work in one place: the Royal Arsenal factories.

So when there was no foreign war, […]

The man who couldn’t stay at any one club, finally settles down

Some players stay with one club all through their careers, others dot about here and there.

Bobby Gould played for 10 clubs and managed 11 teams. But even these numbers were beaten by Francis Jeffers who played for 12 different clubs, but never had more than 55 games with any of them. At the end […]

Arsenal reach the very end of the line.

Actually that headline could apply to Arsenal in two separate ways: the end of the line financially which occurred on 13 June 1910, and the end of the line for Billy Wright.

The 1910 tale has been followed in great depth on this site through Henry Norris at the Arsenal: There is a full index […]

The Arsenal man who leaped into the stands and attacked a fan

Chasing down the history of players after they have left Arsenal is always fascinating not least because by and large we generally know very little of the player beyond what we see on the pitch.

I never saw Nelson Vivas as a desperately violent or hotheaded player while at Arsenal, so it is interesting to […]

The greatest change ever has ever made

By Tony Attwood

Of course in the history of Arsenal there have been many major changes in the way the club exists and works. The move to become the first professional team in the south in 1891, the rescue of the club from liquidation in 1910, the move to Highbury in 1913, the appointment of […]

Why two clubs in a neighbourhood is better than one – and the anniversaries

By Tony Attwood

There were many reasons why Woolwich Arsenal moved from Plumstead to north London in 1913, including the low attendances at matches (which seemed hard to overcome for a club based near the river and thus with no fans to the north). But the fact that despite all the fuss made by supposed […]

Gary Lewin and Colin Lewin and a mysterious departure

Anniversaries at this time of year tend to reflect players and staff leaving the club – the transfers not arriving until July and August. As for the backroom staff they tend the come and go unnoticed. However this was not the case one year ago when Colin Lewin was sacked by Arsenal; I am not […]

Phillipe Senderos reaches the end of his career and the Arsenal anniversaries today

The last I heard of Phillipe Senderos he was playing for Houston Dynamo in the USA but I suspect he finished his contract there last year and has now retired. His reputation among Arsenal fans was not of the highest, but I saw him in a more positive light, as obviously did the Swiss national […]

How Unai Emery’s First Season at Arsenal Compares with Wenger

 

“Arsène Wenger” (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

Arsene Wenger is the measuring stick by which all subsequent Arsenal managers will be judged. Now that successor Unai Emery has completed his first season at the helm of the Gunners, how do their debut campaigns compare?

Turning the clock back to September 1996 when […]

When dismissing the notion of match fixing seriously backfired on the League

Making fun of people who suggest there might be something amiss with football is a common substitute for proper debate. The very notion that it could happen in English football is thus considered laughable and not worthy of investigation. Those suggesting something is amiss are themselves held to be worthy of derision.

Such was the […]

The Arsenal man at Monaco

If you follow the lives of ex-Arsenal players you will know of Thierry Henry’s managerial spell at Monaco which ended on 24 January this year with the club facing the possibility of relegation. What you might perhaps have missed is that the assistant manager at Monaco is another Arsenal man: Kwame Ampadu, who left Arsenal […]

The knighting of Henry Norris, the rioting at Wembley, the long serving Grimandi

Does anyone remember Gilles Grimandi at Arsenal? I hope so because with us he won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups – in fact the two doubles under Mr Wenger. He also won the French League with Monaco.

That might be enough for most people, but since then and playing 114 games for […]

Manninger, Seaman, Lehmann: 3 June is Arsenal goalkeeper day

Manninger is the least remembered of that trio of keepers, and yet when called upon to play six games without conceding in his first season, following an injury to Seaman, he became player of the month. This day in 2003 and 2008 saw the departure of Seaman and Lehmann – the latter often ignored, and […]

English clubs banned from Europe, and the similarity of Arsenal managers

The ban on ALL English clubs from playing in Europe in 1985 following the behaviour of some Liverpool fans in the European Cup final, always seemed wrong to me. Yes, of course, people died and that was truly awful, but it was not something that involved the great majority of clubs in England.

As a […]

Arsenal’s two greatest captains in terms of trophies…

 

 

On this day in 1953 the great Alex James died. Contrary to what has been published in many copycat histories, Alex James is Arsenal’s second greatest captain; leading his team to three league titles, one FA Cup and one Charity Shield. Tony Adams is the only man to beat that with four league […]

How the enemies of Arsenal tried to extinguish the club just as it was born

On 31 May 1893 Woolwich Arsenal FC were elected to Division II of the Football League.

It was an amazing moment for the club, because at the time it was under a ceaseless assault from a rival organisation – Royal Ordnance Factories FC, which had been formed by ex-members of the Royal Arsenal committee who […]

The Arsenal man who gave Chelsea their only title in 100 years

Publications

We have a small number of copies of “Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” and “Making the Arsenal” now available in paperback. They are also available on Kindle. Please see here for more details.

The series

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

Arsenal in the […]

Football’s blackest day and football’s most curious day.

If there were ever a black day recorded in English football’s history it was this, the day when Liverpool fans moved to attack Juventus fans in the European Cup Final in 1985. If there were ever a curious day in English football’s history it was also this, when Chelsea, a club with no players, no […]

The forgotten Arsenal manager with two league titles and an FA Cup win

Although I suspect most Arsenal fans with even a passing knowing of the history of the club will have heard of George Allison, his is not a name that has the same instant recognition as that of Herbert Chapman. And yet Allison had the same record of achievement as Chapman, with two league titles as […]

How we tipped off Fifa about a raid, but they took no notice.

On 22 January 2015 I wrote a little piece in Untold Arsenal about a change in the law in Switzerland which meant that corrupt Fifa officials could be arrested in that country and then prosecuted for their crimes. It was not a piece that got that much attention beyond the regular Untold readership and I […]

Arsenal’s forgotten great manager, and a certain match v Liverpool

Publications

We have a small number of copies of “Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” and “Making the Arsenal” now available as printed books. They are also available on Kindle. Please see here for more details.

The series

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

Arsenal in […]

Xhaka on the edge of 100 games

Granit Xhaka is one of those players that some journalists and fans get on the back of, call useless, and demand the end of. No matter what the statistics and evidence show (his successful pass rate is in the Gilberto league for example) the word is out – he is useless, he has to go, […]

Arsenal and the Nigerian takeover, plus the supposed dispute with Tottenham.

By Tony Attwood

Just how wild and crazy are the stories that circulate in the media about Arsenal can be seen by the tale which was doing the rounds at this time in 2010 – that Arsenal were going to be bought by a Nigerian businessman. They were not, and on this day the gentleman […]

The revolutionary nature of Arsenal Football Club.

By Tony Attwood

The revolutionary nature of Arsenal FC throughout its history is often forgotten, it seems to me. And today’s first anniversary – the first report of Arsenal becoming a club that paid its players – is an example of that.

Clubs in the north of England had been paying their players for several […]