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George Wood; understudy to Jennings 1980/3

George Wood was born 26 September 1952 in Douglas in Lanarkshire and played as a goal keeper for Arsenal between 1980 and 1983.

The story is that at Lanark Grammar he was an outfield player but his PE teacher converted him to goalkeeping duties. He went on to play junior (ie non-league – the use […]

The men that Terry Neill signed: Pat Jennings

By Tony Attwood

Before Pat Jennings we had John Rimmer who was signed by Bertie Mee, and before him Bob Wilson, backed by Geoff Barnett.

Pat’s story starts amazingly – apparently he played for the under 18 team of Sharock Rovers while aged 11, and then moved across to Gaelic football.

But of course he […]

Who was the only player to play in every game for the Invincibles? AFC anniversaries 25 July

Here are the Arsenal anniversaries for 25 July – including the answer to the question above: who was the only player to play in every game for the Invincibles.

These are the stories from the Arsenal History Society Archives for Arsenal FC on 24 July. There is more about our archives at the foot of […]

Arsenal players part 2: L to Z

Introductory notes (the listings start below)

You can find the player details for part 1 (A to K) here.

This is the second half what will become a complete A to Z index of every player to have played for Arsenal in a league match, along with some others, with links to the main articles […]

Arsenal players Part 1: A to K.

Last update 2 May 2017

This is the first half of our A to Z index of every player to have played for Arsenal in a league match, along with some others of note, with links to the main articles on this site about them.

You can Part 2 of the list here.

Please […]

Arsenal in the 70s part 25: Jan to June 1980. Farewell Liam Brady.

By Tony Attwood

There is an index to this series of articles at the foot of the page.

Arsenal finished the 1970s in fourth, not only eight points behind the leaders, but also with a significantly lower goal scoring rate than the clubs above.

P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Liverpool 22 […]

Arsenal in the 70s, part 24 July to Dec 79. One pace forwards, one pace back.

By Tony Attwood

The pre-season started off in a most curious manner with the signing on 15 July 1979 of John Hollins who joined from QPR. He played initially for Chelsea (with a spell as captain) and in 12 years knocked up 436 appearances including 167 consecutive games and then had four seasons at QPR […]

Arsenal in the 70s part 23. Jan-June 79. The trophy drought is over

by Tony Attwood

January 1979 started in the traditional fashion with an FA Cup 3rd round tie; on this occasion it was Sheffield Wednesday away on 6 January, and the result was a 1-1 draw.

33,635 were in the crowd, and the team was Jennings, Rice, Walford, Price, O’Leary, Young, Brady, Sunderland, Stapleton, Gatting, Rix. […]

Arsenal in the 70s part 22. July to Dec 1978. Surviving without Macdonald.

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal had finished the previous season with disappointment – slipping to 5th when for a while second place was on offer, and being beaten by a very poor Ipswich team in the Cup Final and losing in the semi-final of the League Cup to a dour defensive Liverpool.

It was these disappointments […]

Arsenal in the 70s, Part 21: Jan to June 1978


By Tony Attwood

Arsenal ended the old year in fourth position in the league…

P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Nottingham Forest 23 16 4 3 44 14 +30 36 2 Everton 23 12 7 4 47 27 +20 31 3 Liverpool 23 12 6 5 30 16 +14 30 4 […]

Arsenal in the 70s Part 20: July to Dec 1977 – signs of recovery.

By Tony Attwood

1977 had seen the most unwelcome of records for Arsenal as on 12 February 1977 the result Man C 1 Arsenal 0 was not just the fourth consecutive game without a win, but also the first of seven consecutive defeats in the league – the worst ever run of defeats, beating the […]

Arsenal in the 70s part 16. Jan to June 1976: the end of Mee

By Tony Attwood

An index to the whole series of articles tracing Arsenal’s history through the 70s is given at the end of this piece.

We left Arsenal in the last episode having won just two out of their six games in December, having scored two goals in their seven games. The league table at […]

Arsenal in the 70s: July to Dec 1975. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse…

An index of all the articles in the series before this one is shown at the foot of this article.

By Tony Attwood

By the summer of 1975 Bertie Mee’s image was seriously tarnished. From the peak of his reputation in 1970 with the Fairs Cup Win, and then the Double in 1971, he […]

Arsenal in the 70s, part 14. Jan to June 1975 – trying to send Tottenham down

By Tony Attwood

The story so far…

Arsenal in the 70s, part 1: the re-birth of the club. 1969/70 Arsenal in the 70s, part 2: preparing for the impossible. (July to December 1970) Arsenal in the 70s, part 3: The Golden Treble Arsenal in the 70s, part 4: What went so right in 1971, and […]

Arsenal in the 70s part 10. Jan to June 73 – being screwed by the league and the prelude to deep decline.

By Tony Attwood

We ended the last piece on the 1970s at the end of 1972 with the league table looking like this

P W D L F A GAv Pts 1 Liverpool 25 16 6 3 49 26 1.89 38 2 Arsenal 26 14 7 5 34 24 1.42 35 3 Leeds United 24 […]

Arsenal in the 70s part 6. The winter of blossoming hope. Nov 71 to Jan 72.

The story so far…

Arsenal in the 70s, part 1: the re-birth of the club. 1969/70 Arsenal in the 70s, part 2: preparing for the impossible. (July to December 1970) Arsenal in the 70s, part 3: The Golden Treble Arsenal in the 70s, part 4: What went so right in 1971, and why did it […]

The summer of 1976: trying to rebuild after the Bertie Mee era.

By Tony Attwood

The summer of 1976 saw the confirmation of Liverpool’s continuing dominance now under Bob Paisley as manager, but largely forgotten is the fact that QPR pushed them all the way in the league. In the FA Cup Southampton beat Man U in the final.

For Arsenal it was the end for Bertie […]

The Arsenal summer of 1977. Heavy drinking after Tottenham are relegated


The Arsenal Summer of 1977 By Tony Attwood

1976/7 was the season when the old “goal average” calculations were abolished and goal difference was introduced, along with the red and yellow cards for the refs to wave about a bit.

This was the period when Liverpool started winning the European Cup and the League, […]

1978 Arsenal pre-season: recovering from the cup final defeat, but then losing to Rotherham

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal ended the 1977/8 season with some very up and down form. For example on 4 March 1978 we had the result Arsenal 3 Manchester City 0. This was the first win in six league games but also a part of a run of nine undefeated.

Some of that nine unbeaten run […]

1980: Arsenal pre-season after trying to win nearly everything

By Tony Attwood

1979/80 ended with one of the most overloaded match schedules in the history of the club. Perhaps the most overloaded.

Arsenal got to the club’s third successive FA cup final (the only time this had ever been achieved by the club) but a combination of drawn games in the semi-final […]

1982: Arsenal try to get beyond one goal a game.

By Tony Attwood

The 1981/2 season ended fairly poorly. There was hope that in Stewart Robson Arsenal had found another talented youngster after he appeared on 2 January 1982 when he became Arsenal’s youngest FA Cup player. Unfortunately the match ended Tottenham 1 Arsenal 0 in the FA Cup 3rd round and I think the […]

1983 pre season: the horrors of being an Arsenal supporter

By Tony Attwood

Oh the horrors of being an Arsenal supporter in the early 1980s!

1982/3 was part of the era of Liverpool dominance – they won the European Cup, League Cup and the First Division. It was also the era in which all players who qualified to play for England played in England. And […]

Today’s anniversaries and “the dignity and fairness of the British press”

By Tony Attwood

Reading a real manager’s memoires, as opposed to the sanitised rubbish we normally see, one gets some real insights.

If you have been following my recent meanders around Arsenal’s history you’ll know I’m writing the annual AISA Arsenal History Society publication which will go out to all members this summer, and it […]

Ian Allinson; hero of the league cup, and recipient of administrative cock-ups

Ian James Robert Allinson was born 1 October 1957 in Hitchin and played over 100 games for Arsenal between 1983 and 1987. Of these he had 60 starts to league matches and came on 23 times as a sub in league games scoring 16 goals.

Although he only played 60 league games for Arsenal he […]

Anniversaries 12: December

Note: The anniversary file pages have over time been split and split again as they have grown. There is an index to the files at the foot of this page along with details of sources etc.

Last major update: 31 January 2017


1 – 5 December 1886: Extrapolating from the dates of other events […]