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Actual photographs from 1910

MAKING THE ARSENAL is a novel – the diary of a football journalist in 1910 who is given the job of covering the story of the collapse of Woolwich Arsenal, its take-over by Fulham and its re-birth as a new club.

But the story is more than just football – it is a story about […]

Arsenal in the second division

The run up to 1909.

This charts the history of Arsenal 100 years ago – leading up to the take over of the club by Henry (later Sir Henry) Norris in 1910.

Today: the league history of the club up to this point.


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. […]

What is the name of the man who built the modern Arsenal?

If you have read any of my ramblings on the topic of the early days of Arsenal before, you’ll know that I believe the modern Arsenal was founded in 1910.

The reason for that is simple – in 1910 the existing owners of Woolwich Arsenal FC put the […]

Life in the old days – an extract from Jacko Jones diary

Making the Arsenal is a record of the diary of Jacko Jones, football reporter with the Daily Chronicle in Fleet Street. You can read more about it on this site – and the whole book will be published at the end of October 2009.


Meanwhile here is […]

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 […]

Arsenal’s ground closed because of “incident”

One of the great things about studying football history is that one keeps coming across little known oddities which give just a tiny insight into the world of Arsenal. The problem is that quite often they just don’t give enough information, and I am left desperately searching for a proper explanation.


Why did Arsenal go into liquidation?

This page is archived under George Morrell and Season 1910/11


Why did Arsenal go into liquidation?

Just over 100 years ago Arsenal FC (then known as Woolwich Arsenal) teetered on the brink, and toppled into administration. There were four separate buy-outs, the last of which saw the club purchased by Henry Norris, […]

Arsenal, football and life 100 years ago. All the things you didn’t know.

This page is indexed under

Season 1910/11

George Morrell

Ten things you may not know about life in England in the 1909/1910 season.

1: While there was no radio or TV, there were however gramophones playing 78rpm records. It was a new development, but spreading fast among […]

The day Arsenal FC went bust: an eye witness report

Below is an extract from MAKING THE ARSENAL, the diaries of Jacko Jones, of the Daily Chronicle. Jacko covered the story of the the demise and rebirth of Woolwich Arsenal in 1910.


In this extract, Jacko, a veteran of the Boer War turned football correspondent, has been ordered […]

October 1909 Blackburn Rovers v Woolwich Arsenal

This article was published 5 October 2009. It is indexed under George Morrell

October 2nd 1909 Blackburn Rovers v Woolwich Arsenal

A curious coincidence: 100 years ago almost to the day, Arsenal played Blackburn Rovers.

But the club and the date are where the coincidences ended, for the events of October […]

Arsenal vs Blackburn: the story from 100 years ago

This article is filed under George Morrell and Season 1909/10

Arsenal v Blackburn 100 years ago

The 1909/1910 season for Woolwich Arsenal was not exactly the lowest point of the club but it was certainly not far short.

The club escaped relegation from the fist division […]

What was football like in 1910?

This article is archived under George Morrell and Season 1910/11

What was football like in 1910?

100 years ago the Football League was well established and could get crowds for matches in the First Division of anything between 5,000 (at small clubs like Preston North End) up to 60,000 at the largest grounds. […]