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Celebrating today…

23 July 1865: Henry Norris born.  Utterly maligned by Leslie Knighton’s libellous and inaccurate autobiography but praised by Arsenal historian and later Arsenal manager, George Allison (who knew him from 1910 onwards) in his book, Norris was the man who rescued Arsenal from bankruptcy, honoured all the club’s debts (not just the “football debts”) moved the club to north London, built Highbury at this own expense, and ultimately brought Herbert Chapman to the club.

Because of his moving of the club to north London in 1913, and Arsenal’s perfectly legitimate election to the first division upon the expansion of the league in 1919, some Tottenham supporters have grabbed upon the libels in Knighton’s book and used this with a collection of invented tales to denounce Lt Col Sir Henry Norris as he became, following his dedication to work for his country in the first world war.

The tragedy as a result is that instead of seeing Sir Henry as one of the great founders of the club without whom the club simply would not exist today in any form, some Arsenal supporters have bought into the Tottenham version of events.

The Arsenal History Society has dedicated much time and effort to unravelling the truth about Sir Henry, and we have even offered to give £100 to charity if anyone can give any evidence to support the wild notion that the 1919 election to the first division was somehow “fixed”.  That prize has never been claimed.

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Ivan Gazidis’ 10 point analysis of football was far more interesting than the criticism it generated


And from the Arsenal History Society – Arsenal in the 30s

Arsenal in the summer of 1932.  Arsenal runners up in league and cup, Man U’s average gate drops below Plymouth’s, Stanley Matthews first game, and the greatest run in Arsenal’s entire history is about to begin.


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The Untold Arsenal Banner is now on permanent display inside the Emirates Stadium



Jeremy Corbyn

The publisher (in red) with the soon to be leader of the Labour Party, and the great grand daughter of Jack Humble, one of the founders of Arsenal, with the then chairman of AISA (far right) at a meeting held at the Houses of Parliament to launch the “Woolwich Arsenal” book.

The Anniversaries

  • 22 July 1934 Danny Clapton born in Stepney, and played for Leytonstone as an amateur before joining Arsenal in August 1953
  • 22 July 1966: Tony Burns transferred to Brighton.   He played as a goalkeeper 31 times for Arsenal.  He continued playing until 1979, most notably playing 90 games for Crystal Palace, and then became a manager, and later goalkeeping coach.
  • 22 July 1971 Jon Sammels sold to Leicester for £100,000, after becoming a victim of the “boo-boys” in the crowd.  He had played 215 league games and went on to play 241 for Leicester, leaving them for Canada in 1977.
  • 22 July 1989: First appearance of goalkeeper Alan Miller in friendly against Skelleftea.  He played nine times for Arsenal and then after several loan spells moved to Middlesbrough in 1994.
  • 22 July 1990: Andy Linighan and David Seaman debuts v Varberg Bois.  Linighan joined from Norwich while Seaman came from Queens Park Rangers.
  • 22 July 1992 David Rocastle sold to the league champions Leeds for £2m.  Later reports strongly suggested that he was very much sold against his will and was distressed by the move.
  • 22 July 2003: Oleg Luzhny sold to Wolverhampton W.  Luzhny played 110 league games for Arsenal and was part of the team that won the 2001/2 double
  • 22 July 2003: SC Ritzing drew with Arsenal to make it one defeat two draws and
    no wins in pre-season games. Matters picked up later and Arsenal won four of
    the nine pre-season games before embarking on the Unbeaten season.
  • 22 July 2004: Mathieu Flamini signed from Marseille on a free transfer – a profile he continued through his career, never once commanding a transfer fee.    He played 102 times for Arsenal before moving on to Milan; returning in 2013,
  • 22 July 2006: The Emirates Stadium opened with the Dennis Bergkamp testimonial,  Dennis’ father kicked off the match.  Dennis had played 423 games for Arsenal, and was part of both Arsène Wenger’s two Doubles and the Unbeaten Season.
  • 22 July 2013: Arsenal played Nagoya Grampus, the club Arsène Wenger managed before Arsenal.  Arsenal won 3-1 with goals from Giroud, Ryo and Walcott.

 

 

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Untold Arsenal has published five books on Arsenal – all are available as paperback and three are now available on Kindle.  The books are

  • The Arsenal Yankee by Danny Karbassiyoon with a foreword by Arsene Wenger.
  • Arsenal: the long sleep 1953 – 1970; a view from the terrace.  By John Sowman with an introduction by Bob Wilson.
  • Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football.  By Tony Attwood, Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews.
  • Making the Arsenal: a novel by Tony Attwood.
  • The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal by Mark Andrews.

You can find details of all five on our new Arsenal Books page


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The Untold Preview of the Under 18, Under 19, and Under 21 squads.


Arsenal in the 1930s – the full story of 1930/2, Arsenal’s first league championship, has been told in a series of 22 episodes.  Probably the most detailed analysis ever published.

The full index to all the series is on Arsenal History Society Web Site 


 

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