Arsenal v Sheff W – at last the improvement begins

Saturday November 13th, 1909. Sheffield Wednesday vs Woolwich Arsenal. The omens were poor.  Our record was played 12, drawn 1, won 2, lost the rest.  Bottom of the league. Worse, only five members of the team who played on the opening day of the season in September were still playing. One player McDonald was playing …

What does it feel like when your club goes bust?

It is a question that must be circulating around the minds of a number of club supporters at the moment.   Clubs that are supposedly ok for money, clubs which are maybe successful.  And then suddenly it begins to unravel. Of course what many people do is just pretend the difficulty doesn’t exist – and it …

Is football real or is it all made up?

Here’s a story related to today’s game of Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers which you might not believe straight off… In the summer of 1967, Wolverhampton W. played in the United Soccer Association – a league of 12 clubs in Canada and the USA. Each club was a club from elsewhere in the world, rebranded with …

Storm clouds gather: is this the end of Arsenal?

November 6th, 1909.  100 year ago exactly.  The world looks bleak. Arsenal are bottom of the league division I, having never been relegated in their history.  Their record is played 11, drawn 1, won 2, lost 8. There was light on the horizon at the start of the day, as after a terrible run of …

The 100th anniversary campaign gets official Arsenal recognition

The 100th anniversary campaign gets official recognition On November 4th 2009, what we had hoped for happened: Arsenal FC gave official recognition to our campaign to commemorate the events of 100 years ago when Henry Norris took over Woolwich Arsenal and began the journey that led to Highbury (1913), promotion (1919), and Herbert Chapman (1925). …

Arsenal recognise importance of 1909/10 with programme feature

This web site was set up in order to draw attention to the events that occurred in the 1909/1910 season during which Woolwich Arsenal went into liquidation and were taken over by Fulham. That might seem an odd thing to celebrate – but the result of that takeover by Fulham led directly to three things… …

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0; no chemical injuries, but no joy

Manchester United 1 Woolwich Arsenal 0 October 30th, 1909 One hundred years on, joy was unconfined as Arsenal slaughtered Tottenham 3-0 at the Emirates, incorporating one of the most inspiring and amusing goals of all times – Fabregas from a Tottenham kick off. But back at the end of the first decade in the 20th …

Guardian slags off Woolwich Arsenal

By Tony Attwood There was an interesting piece on the Guardian web site on 30 October 2009 which contained a commentary on various Arsenal/Tottenham matches and concluded with a piece about Arsenal’s promotion in 1919. It repeats the age old stories about the “fixed” promotion which are by and large lifted from the Tottenham Version …

Manchester United’s ground: “a toxic waste dump”

Manchester United’s ground described as “a toxic waste dump” The season 1909/10 which we chart here (that being 100 years ago of course) was the last season that Manchester U played away from Old Trafford – to which they moved in 1910. But as Woolwich Arsenal prepared for their away game on October 30th 1909 …

Arsenal and West Ham Utd 100 years ago

This site is dedicated to following the history of Arsenal 100 years ago.   A couple of weeks back we had the amazing coincidence of Arsenal playing Blackburn almost 100 years to the day to another Arsenal Blackburn game.   We can’t say the same about West Ham today because the two clubs were not …

Sir Henry Norris – the early years in football

This is an extract from the novel, MAKING THE ARSENAL which records the history of the takeover of Woolwich Arsenal by Henry (later Sir Henry) Norris of Fulham.   At this point in the story, Jacko Jones, the journalist, is trying to piece together Norris’ past activities in football.  And he hits on a rather …

Arsenal beat Everton 100 years ago to the day

This is a series of articles commemorating the birth of the modern Arsenal in 1910. The book MAKING THE ARSENAL which tells the full story is available from the links below where you can read extracts and further information about the book.   http://tiny.cc/RHd9k – if you are in the UK http://tiny.cc/Fsc6p – if you …

Do we get more injuries now than in the past?

If you read the daily ramblings on UNTOLD ARSENAL you’ll know that we’ve been talking on occasion about injuries, and whether Liverpool’s manager is right when he says that they have been hit by them like never before. The general feeling on the Untold blog is that over the last three years Arsenal have had …

Making the Arsenal: extract from the most detailed book on Arsenal’s history

Here’s an extract from MAKING THE ARSENAL – the new book which covers the collapse of Woolwich Arsenal and the take over of the club by Henry Norris.   There’s details of how to purchase the book at the end.   At this point of the story, Jacko Jones, football reporter at the Daily Chronicle has …

Henry Norris made the Arsenal: read the start of the story

What sort of man was Norris? In 1910 he took the club over, and over the coming years turned Arsenal into a prime force in English football.  He moved the club to Highbury, he took us into the First Division and kept us there, and then brought in Herbert Chapman.   But what sort of …

Sunderland 6 Arsenal 2, 16th October 1909

16 October 1909, one hundred years ago.   Sunderland 6 Arsenal 2, Crowd: 10,000    So there it was: four defeats in a row, during which we scored three and let in 19.  It doesn’t get much worse.  In fact it couldn’t because we were bottom of the league with a set of results thus …

The centre of evil, 100 years ago.

In the 1909/1910 season which we celebrate here (100 years ago, in case I didn’t make that quite clear), Arsenal didn’t play the centre of all evil (Birmingham City FC) because they (Evil Birmingham) were in Division II.   In fact Birmingham were so bad that year that then ended up bottom of Division II.  …

Arsenal 0 Nottingham Forest 1

This article is archived under George Morrell and 1909. This site celebrates the activities of Woolwich Arsenal, precursors of Arsenal FC, 100 years ago.  Today… Arsenal 0 Nottingham Forest 1, Monday 9 October 1909.   Division I   100 years ago there were no internationals going on, and football carried on in its proper fashion – …

Boring, boring, Arsenal. The Football League in 1909

This page is indexed under “1909” and “George Morrell“ The Football League in 1909 One of the most remarkable things about the 1st division of the Football League in 1909/1910 was that all the clubs in the 1st division that year are still with us.  Not a single one has fallen by the wayside. This …

Notts County v Arsenal, 7 Oct 1909

This article is archived under 1909/10, George Morrell Notts County vs Woolwich Arsenal 7th October  1909 Just on 100 years ago Woolwich Arsenal travelled to Notts County for a division I match.  This game followed on from the 7-0 defeat the week before at Blackburn Rovers (Arsenal’s biggest ever away defeat in the league, one …