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Henry Norris at the Arsenal



We are currently evolving a series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal.

Perhaps the most popular elements in the Norris story are those of Arsenal’s promotion to the first division in 1919 and those relating to the end of Sir Henry’s Norris time at the club in 1927.

Concerning the end of the tale, we are currently just publishing that.  If you want to read the drama in one episode you might find Chaos at the Arsenal. The dramatic and bizarre story of February 1927 to meet your requirements. I am not sure there is a more comprehensive commentary in publication.

The other big story that many readers head for is the promotion of Arsenal in 1919.  That story has so many elements it is covered in a number of separate articles, and I have separated these out into one section below.

After the details of Arsenal’s promotion there is a complete index of all the articles in the series in chronological order.

Arsenal’s promotion to the First Division in 1919

The preliminaries

The voting and the comments before and after the election

The Second Libel

The Third Allegation

The Fourth Allegation

Did Henry Norris really beg Leslie Knighton to stay and offer him the hugest bonus ever?  And if so, why were there no new players?

The Fifth Story:

The Sixth Allegation

The Seventh Allegation

The Eighth Level – wild fantasies and desperate stories.

The final round of misinformation and unsupported statements

Knighton’s notoriously inaccurate autobiography reports his departure from Arsenal with a whole raft of statements which a review of the historical facts shows to be untrue, ranging from his “building a new team” in 1919, to the notion that he would have got Buchan at a much lower cost.  He complains also about not getting a benefit match and claims Sir Henry Norris left him £100 in his will, stating that sacking Knighton was his biggest mistake.  There is no evidence for any of this and with so many other statements in this section of his autobiography being plainly wrong, we may wonder about these.

Now here is the complete year by year account of Henry Norris at the Arsenal.  We’re adding two or three new articles a week and as you can see, it is almost complete.

The Henry Norris Files Section 1 – 1910.

Section 2 – 1911

Section 3 – 1912

Section 4 – 1913 (parts 15 to 20)

Section 5 – 1914 (parts 21 to 28)

Section 6 – 1915 (parts 29 to 35)

Section 7: – 1916 (part 36 to 43)

Section 8: 1917 (part 44 to 54

Section 9: 1918 and the end of the war (part 55 to 62)

Section 10: 1919, the reform of football, the promotion of The Arsenal (part 63 to 77)

Section 11: 1920 – the second half of the first post-war season and onward (part 78 to 86

Section 12: 1921 (part 87 to 97)

Section 13: 1922 (part 98 to 106)

Section 14: 1923 (part 107 to 109)

Section 15: 1924 (part 110 to 119)

Section 16: 1925 (part 120 to 129)

Section 16: 1926 (part 130 to 137)

Section 17: 1927 (part 138 to…

Please note:

The book “Woolwich Arsenal: the club that changed football” is the only complete history of the club ever published, covering its entire lifetime from 1893 to 1915.  There are a small number of copies left available of this 234 page volume.  It is available for £14.95 with no postage charge for delivery within the UK.  Just email Tony@schools.co.uk with your details and make a payment via PayPal to the account TonyAttwoodofLondon@gmail.com or contact me and I can arrange another other method of payment.

Other articles on Henry Norris

The players at Arsenal during the Henry Norris Era

Other stories from 1910/12

Athletic News: the leading sports journal of the day, previews Woolwich Arsenal 1910/11

George Allison’s view of Henry Norris

Why did Henry Norris have a fixation with Woolwich Arsenal

The take over of Arsenal by Henry Norris

The day Arsenal came within 3 minutes of extinction

By 1910 Norris owned three clubs, one in Division 1, one in Division 2, and one in the Southern League.   Why?

Woolwich Arsenal liquidated

Norris does an interview with the Kentish Indy, and blames the fans

Arsenal supporters refuse to hand over their cash

Norris as chairman

Henry Norris as Chairman (part of the Chairmen of Arsenal series)

Norris and the club motto

Arsenal elected – find the bribery and get the reward

Knighton could not spend, Chapman could

Norris and Highbury

Gillespie Road names as new stadium

The last game in Woolwich

Norris and the Highbury Defence committee

Woolwich Arsenal gain possession of Highbury

23 February 1913: Tottenham demand a meeting of the Football League to stop Arsenal’s advance

22 February 1913 – Gillespie Rd named as new Arsenal stadium

Light Hearts and Optimism

Arsenal buy Highbury

Norris and the players

Did Henry Norris forbid one manager to make signings and give another an open cheque book?

The Reg Boreham story – Norris cast in the worst possible light.

Norris and Chapman

Norris publishes Arsenal’s most notorious advert

When power moved from Norris to Chapman

 George Hardy – the man Norris cited when he resigned

From Knighton to Chapman