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The Arsenal drugs scandal: where does the truth lie?

by Tony Attwood

Untold Gooner News video: A lesson in how to silence the critics

 

Leslie Knighton, Arsenal’s manager from 1919 to 1925 would hardly be commented upon at all 100 years on, were it not for the fact that in his retirement over 20 years after leaving Arsenal he wrote an autobiography of […]

The most ironic Arsenal transfer of all time

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Micky Thomas going to Liverpool in 1991 having scored the goal that gave Arsenal the league title and stopped Liverpool from winning it again, always strikes me as odd. […]

The anniversary of the very start of Arsenal, and how we proved it happened.

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Untold Gooner News

 

And today is of course a very historic day, being the day on which in 1886 the […]

The crazy things players and the pressmen say about football

One of the extraordinary things about the media coverage of football is how often the media get things wrong, but then ignore that reality, continuing as if nothing had happened. So it was on this day in 1911, when the media told anyone silly enough to listen that Roose was going to Fulham, when in […]

Beating Tottenham away in 1972 – the film of the match.

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Obviously a lot of football that took place in the past is lost – all we have are newspaper results and the reports, if that, and we know how biased […]

Being 10th in the league on 8 December does not always spell disaster

Arsenal finished the 2012/13 season in fourth place to secure champions league status once again. But at the start of this day in 2012 Arsenal were looking anything but a champions league side being in 10th position in the league after just two wins in nine. But this seemingly ordinary win amidst such a poor […]

Remembering Arsenal’s greatest goalscorer of all time.

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Today marks the anniversary of the death in 1940 of Arsenal’s greatest ever goalscorer in 1940: Jack Lambert.

He struggled at first to make his mark on the Arsenal […]

How the FA tried to cheat an Arsenal player out of compensation for an injury

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Although we tend to think that fake news is a modern concept, there are signs it existed as early as 1926. Arsenal’s Tom Whittaker, who later went […]

Finding the elusive Eastern Wanderers, Arsenal’s first opponents

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Historians can’t just accept what is passed down as the truth across the generations – they need some evidence. But the reality is that most people who write about […]

When criticising the FA was not off limits

 

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Can you imagine Arsenal openly criticising the FA in its match day programme? Indeed can you imagine any newspaper, TV programme or radio show openly criticising the […]

How the media makes up Arsenal tales. One day: two stories

If one wants to take a single day to provide evidence of the constancy and depth of the media’s antagonism against Arsenal then 3 December is as good as any.

On this day in 1923 Sir Henry Norris obtained a writ against the Fulham Chronicle for their personal attack on him, which contained within it, […]

The man who scored 18 goals for Arsenal in just 12 games

In both the world wars the Football League was rearranged as a regional affair, with clubs permitted to use loan players where their own players were unable to play for their own club.

In the season 1944/45 Arsenal played in the Football League South and on 12 occasions in that season used Stan Mortensen of […]

Chapman banned, Norris banned and a coincidence of dates

One of the great bits of fun in considering the history of any organisation is the strange coincidences that turn up. As with the fact that some 33 years apart there were two key events in the Arsenal of history that happened somewhere between 1st and 5th December. And the fact that in neither case […]

Home defeat, 2 wins in last 8, 5 in 6 without a goal. Sack the manager!

On 30 November 1997 the league table looked like this

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Manchester United 16 10 4 2 40 12 28 34 2 Chelsea 16 10 1 5 35 17 18 31 3 Blackburn Rovers 16 8 6 2 27 17 10 30 4 Leeds United […]

Freedom of contract and limits on transfer fees: a court discussion in 1918.

On this day in 1918 Sir Henry Norris, chair of Arsenal and a director of Fulham FC, began his campaign to become an MP – during the course of which one of his opponents put out a leaflet that criticised Sir Henry saying that while Sir Henry had claimed to be in favour of the […]

Arsenal docked 2 points, a 2-6 home defeat, Adams in prison; a perfect season.

In 1991 Arsenal won the league by seven clear points, and were in fact 14 points ahead of the club in third place. They also went on a 17 match unbeaten run which was suddenly stopped by a 2-6 home defeat to Manchester United in the league cup.

And yet this season also saw the […]

When the idea came to Arsenal: let’s cut ticket prices.

These days we are used to League Cup games being charged at £10 and £20 a ticket, with discounts for juniors and seniors, but it was not always so. In fact it was the low crowd on this day in 2001 for the league cup match which convinced the club that it needed radical action. […]

100 years in the top division: a celebration

As you may know, Arsenal are celebrating 100 years in the top division of the League this year, and as part of that the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association (AISA) recently ran a 100 Years event at Islington Town Hall.

Our guests of honour were Bob Wilson and Alan Smith, along with two directors from Arsenal […]

Imagine Arsenal as a club owned by its fanbase: we nearly got it.

By Tony Attwood

When Henry Norris agreed to take over Arsenal in 1910, in order to avoid the club going into liquidation and thus ceasing to exist as a League club, he did so on the basis that he would fill the gap in the club’s finances, but then sell the club back to the […]

The anniversary of one of the great, great nights of the Wenger years.

25 mins: Henry’s side-footer gives Arsenal the lead 33 mins: Inter equalise after Vieri’s shot is deflected past Lehmann 49 mins: Ljungberg puts Arsenal back in front from Henry’s cross 81 mins: Henry’s solo special gives them a two-goal cushion 87 mins: Arsenal pile forward and Edu slots home the fourth 89 mins: Pires […]

The man who started the three league wins in a row

I can’t help thinking that the name of Reg Stockill should be commemorated by Arsenal even though he only played seven games for us.

But in those seven games he scored four goals, which is not bad going, including a goal that ought to be symbolic to the club – although it isn’t.

For Reg […]

When it comes to football and politics there are some people it is best not to argue with

by Tony Attwood

In studying the life and times of Sir Henry Norris, the man who rescued Arsenal in 1910 and became its chairman, we find a man who would work hard, give generously of his time and money, but not suffer fools gladly. And looking back from nearly 100 years on we find that […]

Arsenal’s worst start to the season for 30 years. Maybe.

According to the Daily Express this week Arsenal have this season suffered their worst start to a season for over 30 years.

Interestingly on this day in 2014 when Arsenal suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United the press also made much of Arsenal’s “poor start” to the season of four wins, three defeats […]

The keeper who let in four in his first match for Arsenal.

On this day in the 1942/3 wartime league Arsenal beat Aldershot 7-4. And the question might be asked, how did Arsenal let in four against Aldershot?

In fact Arsenal had had problems with the keeper’s position all season, and this was their sixth keeper in 13 games. Indeed the struggles they had with this position […]

How quickly the mighty can fall; 6 months on from the first Arsenal double.

Say “1971” to an Arsenal fan, and if she or he knows Arsenal’s history a smile might well emerge, because in the late spring of that year Arsenal won the double, including a famous victory at Tottenham to clinch the title.

And yet, say it concerning the period just six months later and it would […]