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Celebrating today…

24 July 1910: Woolwich Arsenal FC formally taken over by Henry Norris and William Hall.  They promised to use their money to keep Arsenal in Plumstead for one year, but eventually paid for the club to stay at the Manor Ground for three seasons.

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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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.


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

  • 24 July 1870: Harry Storer born.  He became Arsenal’s first ever player to win representative honours, and the first player to be transferred for disciplinary reasons after a major falling out with fans.
  • 24 July 1905: Widespread interest in Woolwich Arsenal led to the Daily Mirror noting that season tickets for the season ahead had gone on sale.
  • 24 July 1910: Woolwich Arsenal FC formally taken over by Henry Norris and William Hall.  They promised to use their money to keep Arsenal in Plumstead for one year, but eventually paid for the club to stay at the Manor Ground for three seasons.
  • 24 July 1946: Arthur Milton signed pro forms.  He became the last ever man to play football and cricket at the top level for England.  He remains in the top ten in terms of catches in first-class cricket (758) and in 1952, he equalled the world record of seven catches in a day, and eight in the match.
  • 24 July 1966  Martin Keown born.  Although he started his career with Arsenal he was eventually sold to Aston Villa and then on to Everton, returning to Arsenal to play 311 games six years after he had left the club.
  • 24 July 1977: After a players’ drinking spree in Sydney, on a club tour of Australia, Terry Neill diminished his power base somewhat by sending just two of the culprits home including Alan Hudson who did not play for the club again.
  • 24 July 1998: The BBC reported that Arsenal have the “go ahead” to play European games at Wembley
  • 24 July 2002: Richard Wright signed for Everton for £3.5m.  He had joined Arsenal in July 2001 for what is thought to be about £2m as a potential successor to David Seaman, and in preference to Alex Manninger, and played just 12 games.  
  • 24 July 2012: Arsenal play Malaysia on what seemed on TV pictures to be a
    ploughed field. Eisfeld scored his first goal and appeared to have a bright future with the club.



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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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