By Tony Attwood
Co-writing the book “Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed history” I came to realise very early on that some of the most important moments in our club’s history had been lost. Indeed there is an iconic moment in 1893 when one of the leading lights in the club says, “when the history of this great club comes to be written, this will be recorded as Arsenal’s most important moment” (or words to that effect).
And that moment has since been forgotten – not getting a mention in any of the hundreds of history books on Arsenal that have appeared since.
That moment – in which the newly created Woolwich Arsenal FC was almost destroyed by its local rivals Royal Ordnance Factories FC – is now restored to its rightful place in Arsenal’s history, by forming the opening of the new book. And I hope as we continue to develop Arsenal’s heritage through the Arsenal History Society, we will continue also to restore major events to their key status.
But somehow I think that will never be necessary with 26 May 1989. For that day, in which Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield to win the league, will surely live in the minds of supporters for as long as their is an Arsenal FC.
You don’t need to have yet another re-telling of the events – but there is a little commemoration on the Arsenal History Site today. You might also like to note that we have an ever growing Database of Arsenal Anniversaries – and if you have any to add to it, please comment below.
The Arsenal History Society blog in case you are not familiar with it, covers any articles that those of us interested in our club’s history find interesting. For the most part these are anniversaries, and an ever growing review of Arsenal’s managers and what they did. I do hope you will take a look, and of course spare a moment to remember 23 years ago. Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2.