George Allison

George Allison

The series on George Allison is one of a series of articles on Arsenal’s managers published by the AISA Arsenal History Society.

A full index to the series on managers can be found here 

As with so many of the series of articles on our blog, this is work in progress.  If you would like to add an article or correct an error – or expand on one point, we would love to hear from you.  If you have a complete article please send it to   If you want to comment or correct a point, just drop it in the comments section at the foot of the article.

Obviously we hope eventually to have the most comprehensive review ever of all the Arsenal managers – it is, as I say, work in progress.


The Index of Managers – complete with statistical comparisons


Introduction: 37 years service – from Administration to Domination

George Allison: more than just a manager


The players who played under Mr Allison

Dr Kevin Oflanagan

Will Copping – one of the original hard men

Jack Crayston, Arsenal player, Arsenal manager

Eddie Hapgood: captain of Arsenal, captain of England

Bob John: our top performer before World War II

Herbie Roberts: the man who showed us how to play the new offside rule

The Allison Years: George Male

The Allison Years: Frank Moss in goal

Alf Kirchen

Bernard Joy played for Allison before and after the war

12 February 1937: Laurie Scott signed for Arsenal

Bobby Davidson

Ian McPherson

Norman Sidey

Joe Wade

George Swindin – goalkeeper for George Allison

Other stories about George Allison

George Allison smashes the transfer record

Derby 5 Arsenal 4 – Arsenal’s days of dominance are numbered

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Arsenal 6: March 6th 1935. An eventful season

Highbury’s biggest ever crowd

Writing in the early programmes

Winning the league for the fifth time in eight years

The History of Arsenal, where did it all go wrong.


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