The journal of the AISA Arsenal History Society
This site is based around series of articles on specific themes – and you can find links to many of these on this page and on the left column under the heading “Pages”. The indexing isn’t always complete, but we do our best to make it helpful. Some of the major series are highlighted after details of our latest series.
On-going throughout all this is the building of the index of anniversaries – which is the main index to everything on the site. You can find the index here.
The current series being researched and published is Arsenal in the 1930s.
- 1: Life in 1930 and winning the first major trophy.
- 2: The cup winners who dropped out and the players who came in
- 3: How Chapman put his triumphant 1931 team together.
- 4: September 1930; played 8 won 7 drawn 1.
- 5: October 1930: A stumble, Villa are close behind, Man U have 12 defeats in a row.
- 6: November 1930: Scoring 5 in three games in one month.
- 7: December 1930: 3 games in 3 days and 14 goals scored.
- 8: January 1931: the biggest league win ever at Highbury
- 9: February 1931: the goals just won’t stop coming.
- 10: March 1931: hope, defeat, hope
- 11: April 1931: Arsenal win the league for the very first time.
- 12: Arsenal in the summer of 1931, the records and the Scandinavian tour
- 13: Arsenal in shock – July and August 1931
- 14: September 1931; the champions recover from a poor start.
- 15: October 1931: Arsenal lose to Grimsby
- 16: November 1931: Chapman’s exasperation with goal keepers
- 17: December 1931: A scoring sensation but a dreadful month
- 18: January 1932: A return to form and a record score
- 19: February 1932: From a faltering start to nine wins in a row
- 20: March 1932: Huge crowds, an emergency signing, better results, another semi-final
- 21: April 1932: Film of Arsenal in the Cup Final, and attempts to win the league.
- 22: 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.
- 23: August 1932 – preparing for the ultimate greatness.
Some recently completed series are:
- The First League Season, including a review of each player who played in that season
- Arsenal in the 70s
- Arsenal in the summer
- Tom Whittaker, player, coach, manager
You can find a list of series on the lower part of the left side of the page.
If you would like to contribute research or a personal story please do write to Tony.Attwood@aisa.org
Arsenal History Society 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
Some stories you might enjoy
- 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.
- 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.
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!
Please note: The full anniversaries index can be found here.
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
This site represents very much a forum for knocking around ideas and seeking out issues that can be debated. As such we openly acknowledge that some of the notions expressed here might be wrong, facts will be inaccurate and will need correcting. Indeed if you can help us do that, please do either comment on an article, or write a new article for us. Some citation of sources would be good however, rather than just saying “you’re wrong”.AISA Arsenal History and Untold Arsenal on Twitter @UntoldArsenal