The journal of the AISA Arsenal History Society.
Arsenal: the long sleep 1953 – 1970; a view from the terrace.
By John Sowman with an introduction by Bob Wilson
Arsenal: The Long Sleep is the definitive detailed account of the seventeen seasons immediately after the record seventh Football League championship win in 1953.
There are full details of this volume, which is available worldwide as a paperback, and via Amazon on Kindle on the Arsenal Books page where there is also a link to sample pages from the book, and details of the other Arsenal books that we have published.
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- Arsène Wenger to write the Foreword for the next Untold Arsenal book
- Bob Wilson writes for Untold Arsenal: that most unforgettable of days
- Why was the first Arsenal side called Dial Square, and why did it only last one game?
- New major article: Herbert Chapman’s first year at Arsenal, analysed as never before.
- A Memorial to the founders of Arsenal’s Highbury dynasty.
Arsenal in the summer – 48 tales from the Pre-Season files. Here are the latest…
- 1893: The first Woolwich Arsenal pre-season
- 1894: After one year in the league what happened to Arsenal?
- 1903: The most exciting pre-season ever
- 1913: The summer of moving to Highbury
- 1919: The first pre-season after the war, and return to the first division
- 1925: The arrival of Herbert Chapman
- 1930: Preparing for the unthinkable
- 1946: Back from the war
- 1947: The Phoenix Rises
- 1976: Trying to rebuild after Bertie Mee
- 1977: Heavy drinking in the pre-season after Tottenham were relegated
- 1978: Recovering from cup defeat but then losing to Rotherham
- 1979: Cup holders looking for more glory
- 1980: The Arsenal pre-season after trying to win nearly everything
- 1981: The pressure of expectation overwhelms
- 1982: Arsenal try to get beyond one goal a game.
- 1983: The Horrors of Being an Arsenal Supporter
- 1984: Real hope but Arsenal fade
- 1985: It was most certainly not the best of times
- 1986: George Graham takes over but it is a difficult start
- 1987: 10 without a victory, 6without a goal, the famous back 5
- 1988: Leading up to the “free for all” against Tottenham
- 1989: After winning the league at Anfield…
- 1990: The gateway to Arsenal Heaven
- 1991: After the record breaking, the sad reality
- 1992: A record breaking season but little entertainment
- 1993: Osama Bin Laden spotted at the clock end, Highbury
- 1994: The last Arsenal pre-season for George Graham
- 1995: Bruce Rioch’s one pre-season. Bergkamp arrives!
- 1996: The pre-season games as Rioch was sacked
- 1997: Before the second double – (updated)
- 1998: Back to sausages after the caviar.
- 1999: Games against Monaco and Saint-Étienne
- 2000: The big transfers but a poor pre-season
- 2001: Campbell arrives, and the prelims to the third double
- 2002: Gilberto’s first game in the tri-team tournament
- 2003: Before being unbeaten (revised & expanded)
- 2004: The Preseason in the midst of the 49
- 2005: The end of Highbury and the Arsenal-Chelsea bust up
- 2006: Pre-season and the opening of the Emirates
- 2007: A hectic round of transfers and a full schedule
- 2008: Beating Real Madrid
- 2009: The media and Uefa against Eduardo
- 2010: Koscielny joins the crazy gang in Warsaw
- 2011: Chaos and disaster, but amazingly Arsenal pull through
- 2012: Nigeria abandoned, Akpom & Bellerin make their mark
- 2013: The clearout, beating Man C and preparing for a trophy
- 2014: Alexis, Bellerin, and thrashing Man C at Wembley
- Footnote: when did we win every pre-season game
Other Recent stories
- The very odd case of Frank Ransom
- The wandering James Devlin, and an insight into the workings of the early game
- The curious life of Jimmy Dunne: Herbert Chapman’s last major signing
- When the anti-Arsenal menace and the media sank to the depths
- Winning the youth cup in 2009 – what is that team doing today?
- Arsenal become only the second team in the 20th/21st centuries to win the cup two years running, twice.
The Tom Whittaker era and its significance in Arsenal’s history
- The day the Arsenal directors vigorously attacked the FA in the Arsenal programme
- When the press were considered to be “fair and dignified”
- When Cup games just continued until there was a result! 1945/6.
- The Arsenal Dynasty: 1930 to 1956, and 8th June anniversaries
- How Tom Whittaker persuaded Chapman to make him a trainer with Arsenal, after his injury
- How did Tom Whittaker get Chapman to believe in him, and other anniversaries
Among the other recent Posts
- Ralph Guthrie: he played twice in goal for Arsenal in 1954
- Arsenal v Tottenham; when friendship broke out on 24 May
- The moment that changed it all: Arsenal looked towards professionalism
- Celebrating the birthday of one of our greatest players,
- 20 May Arsenal events: from the king’s funeral to the cup double
- The day Arsenal went to the wall, and the man who brought us back from the dead.
- 4 Arsenal cup finals and 4 last ever games.
- George Jobey, the real story of the man who scored the first Arsenal goal at Highbury
- From going bust to winning the cup.
- From the advert that made Chapman apply to Arsenal to scoring 7 and 8.
- From Bergkamp to Boldklubben Frem
- Ehud ‘Tim’ Rogers; a Welsh winger whose chances were limited
- The strange case of Jack Lee and Arsenal’s link to Chesterfield.
- The completely mysterious Archibald Low
- Nicolas Anelka: the man who could have played alongside Thierry Henry
- Jon Sammels: wonderful player, victim of the 1960s Anti-Arsenal “fans”
- Arsenal 7 Hibernian 1. Arsenal’s first televised game under the lights.
- Arsenal and Arsène Wenger create new FA Cup records
- Eddie Carr played 12 games for Arsenal and won us the league!
Site updates: we have recently done major updates on all the anniversary files from January to July, enlarging the details on each entry.
Please note: The full anniversaries index can be found here.
On this page you will find details of some of our recent research articles, plus details of today’s Arsenal anniversaries, and information on the books on Arsenal that we have published. The AISA Arsenal History Society is dedicated to recording Arsenal’s history in all its detail from all perspectives. If you would like to contribute research or a personal story please do write to Tony.Attwood@aisa.org
Reports on Arsenal’s current activities are on Untold Arsenal
Classic Articles from the Arsenal History Society
- The biggest injury problems ever faced by an Arsenal manager
- Arsenal’s promotion in 1919. At last, the truth
- Exclusive: The interview with George Davie – the man who sued Arsenal and overturned the transfer system.
- The article that led to the creation of the statues at the Emirates Stadium
If you would like to contribute an article to this site, please see this note on submissions etc.
The incomplete index of series on this site….
- Arsenal’s name and how it changed
- Arsenal and Tottenham
- Anti-Arsenal – those who try to put us down throughout history
- Arsenal’s Chronology
- Arsenal History Society news and discoveries
- Chairmen of Arsenal
- Corruption: The Review
- The First Double: 1971
- First Timers: The first time I saw Arsenal
- Iconic moments in the history of Arsenal
- Into the Darkness. Arsenal under Swindin
- Islington 100: celebrating 100 years of Arsenal in Islington
- London – how Arsenal fared in the early days against other London teams
- Managers – from Royal Arsenal to Mr Wenger
- Meet the ancestors- stories from the relatives of Arsenal players
- The origins of Arsenal
- Players, including updates on what players are doing now
- The Norris Files
- Statistics through the club’s history
- Woolwich Arsenal, the ground
- Woolwich Arsenal in the FA Cup – the full series
- Woolwich 100 – the players who played 100 or more times for WA
- Year by year: tracing the club’s history in detail
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