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Arsenal’s anniversary today, Henry Norris and the strange case of ‘Dr’ Crippen

By Blacksheep

As Tony’s Arsenal History article today reminds us, July 24th 1910 was the day Sir Henry Norris took over the club. You can read about Norris and his importance in the Arsenal story here but I’m going to look at what else happened that day.

I wrote some time ago that I […]

Criminal goings on in and around the Emirates…

By ‘DI’ Blacksheep

The confirmation that the police inquiry into the mysterious death of Alexander Litvinenko included a visit to the Emirates Stadium (where they found traces of the radioactive plutonium that killed him) got me thinking about football-related crime scenarios. I am a historian that specializes in the history of crime and punishment (although […]

An AISA evening with Alan Smith & Paddy Barclay

One of the benefits of being a membership of AISA is the handful of events they organize each year. This one was really interesting, a chance to meet Alan Smith and the renowned sports journalist, Patrick Barclay and be entertained by Tom Watt (ex Eastenders’ ‘Lofty’ and full time Arsenal fan).

The event took […]

One extraordinary fact about the Man City game

By Tony Attwood

I have the view that having started this blog a few years ago, and now having a fair old number of readers each day, I have a duty to try and keep the thing running, while living up to the original notions behind the blog: that it should be pro-Arsenal at all […]

Why the statues at the Ems mean so much to Untold and to every Arsenal supporter

Note: Because of the origins of the Arsenal Statues and because of their obvious historical context, the launch of the statues has already been covered in depth on our companion site the Arsenal History blog.

But, I know that many readers of Untold don’t always pop along to the History site… and this was […]

Arsenal’s three statues at the Ems: exclusive revelation of who is on show

By Tony Attwood

In early August 2010, I was privileged to get a meeting with Ivan Gazidis the chief executive of Arsenal FC. I was there as part of a delegation of fans putting forward ideas about Arsenal and the wider world. And because (as you may know) I am interested in Arsenal’s history, I […]

Ex-Arsenal players: so few in management so many in journalism

By Tony Attwood

I recently wrote about an idea for a series of articles through the season on ex-Arsenal players who are now in senior management anywhere in the world.

A lot of names were submitted – although many of these are not managing now, and I was looking for current people.

The list is […]

We are not the only ones who wait, you know

By Walter Broeckx

The “you won nothing for X years” mantra sung by the media and repeated by a part of the fanbase is something that one never hears of other teams.

More sensible readers on Untold know that periods when you win nothing are part of the game. In fact they are part of […]

How long can we go without winning the league before it gets worrying?

By Walter Broeckx

You know the Arsenal hasn’t won anything in X years mantra that the media and some desperate fans use every day to paint us as rubbish. And thanks to a remark of a reader on Untold I wondered: if you take a look at the history of a club how long does […]

60 years of supporting Arsenal

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By Mike Collins in Canada

Well,

As an avid reader of your terrific blog I just thought I would put down a few musings from my getting on for 60 years of giving hard earned money to AFC; I might just […]

How many years since various clubs won the league

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By Tony Attwood

Newspapermen like dreaming up statistics. Not necessarily important statistics, but just statistics.

Many of them don’t get picked up by others and so quietly die a death, but others get repeated and repeated – and so some people start […]

Are Arsenal Players Still Lightweight? (Comparing the Arsenal of 2004 and the present batch)

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Are Arsenal Players Still Lightweight? (Comparing the Arsenal of 2004 and the present batch)

By Nitesh Padhi

A common complaint against this present Arsenal team is that they are too lightweight. Of course, we can never ever forget the Invincibles and the […]

Who was the greatest Arsenal visionary? You might be surprised to find out.

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by Tony Attwood

Who made Arsenal the club of world-wide renown and stature that we now have the privilege to watch? Who was the visionary who transformed us from being an ordinary club into being one of the great clubs?

Of course […]

You are only as good as the last ten seconds

By Tony Attwood

Sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s my dad took me to see Cardiff City vs Arsenal. He had an old friend there – maybe even a pal from the war, I am not sure, and we went and the old friend’s house, before walking on to the match. I don’t […]

Other stuff to buy this Christmas for an Arsenal fan and family

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By Tony Attwood

Don’t Panic.

This is not yet another ad for my book, in fact apart from this sentence, my book doesn’t get a mention. This is about the books published by GCR.

Until now GCR has had a special place […]

In a few years time our north eastern trip could be to see Bedlington Terriers

By Tony Attwood

Of course in the coming days there will be the usual half dozen or so articles on everything to do with Arsenal vs the Kingdom of Kev. Already I am sitting on a bizarre and eccentric review of the Kingdom by Billy the Dog, not to mention Dogface’s remarkable review of the […]

The Untold Invincibles: Genesis & End of FC Start

The Untold Invincibles: Genesis & End of FC Start

During the half-time interval, an SS officer entered FC Start’s dressing room. In a stern tone, he darkly said:

“You really cannot expect to win, however. Just consider for a moment what will happen if you do.”

The FC Start players knew what this […]

Chapman, Allison, Graham, Wenger: a comparison

Wenger, Chapman, Graham – a comparison

By Tony Attwood

I was intending to stop this series on Wenger after covering the three basics: Philosophy, Practice and the Total Revolution.

But a reader wrote in asking me what would constitute failure in terms of the Wenger revolution, and I thought it such a good question […]

Billy the Dog’s match preview – Arsenal welcome The Creature from The Black Lagoon.

Arsenal welcome The Creature from the Black Lagoon

By Billy The Dog McGraw, Landlord of the Toppled Bollard, Islington.

At the heart of the matter there are three creatures. Oysten the Greater, Oysten the Lesser, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

All three have a significant part to play in the world of Blackpudlian […]

It’s about being six years old and freezing cold, or travelling from Australia just to see a game

by Tony Attwood

The Arsenal History project, organised by Arsenal Independent Supporters Association, and (I think it is fair to say) welcomed by the upper echelons of Arsenal FC, has taken on a new direction.

We are starting to publish memories of fans – and at the moment we are focussing on memories of the […]

Untold Arsenal appear on the Arsenal membership DVD; Arsène copes well, I make predictions

By Tony Attwood

Star of stage, screen and the members pack

Well, if you have received the full Arsenal members’ pack, and put in your DVD (at least the round thing in the pack), and then worked your way through the Ray Parlour stuff, watched the goal of the season countdown, and wondered what next, […]

Stand up if you adore Martin Hayes

OK, that would be just me then.

Or at least that is what it often felt like when he was in the team. In his short, peak period, I thought he was God’s gift to the team, and was certain he was going to become one of the all time greats. […]

Highbury, Crush barriers, Cliff Holton and Stanley Matthews. A trip down memory lane

By GF60

“Looking back is sometimes dangerous because we see the past that we want to remember and not the past that has happened in reality.”

With all-seater grounds, nancyfied and oh so safe stadia, no-one will ever know again, the thrill of being able to tell the crowd size merely […]

Should we not all worship Jack Humble?

By Tony Attwood

If you’ve ever clicked on the links that I sometimes throw in at the end of articles you might have found your way onto the Woolwich Arsenal web site www.blog.woolwicharsenal.co.uk

The site covers, in a very erratic and idiosyncratic manner, the history of Woolwich Arsenal from its foundation as a professional club, […]

Heysel May 29

Heysel – the Belgian perspective. By Walter Broeckx

The history of the Heysel stadium goes back to 1927. In those days the city of Brussels decided to build a brand new stadium which was meant to become the home for all kind of sporting events in the Belgian capital. It was finished in 1930, thus […]