11 June is the day Herbert Chapman signed for Arsenal and became the manager that started our road to glory.
As you might expect, the Arsenal History Society site has a mass of articles about the great man – and we ourselves have done a little somethng to help commemorate Mr Chapman, for it was at a meeting between AISA Arsental History Society and Ivan Gazidis, the CEO of Arsenal, that the idea of a Chapman statue at the Emirates was first discussed.
But before we get into the full details of Herbert Chapman, who might like to put his work in context by having a look at our Index of Managers – complete with statistical comparisons. Or if you have already seen that, then you might like the latest piece of research on this site: Herbert Champman and the red and white shirts
And then you’ll be ready to dive in. The indexation is by no means perfect here, but it gets better each time I attack it…
- Herbert Chapman: the Northampton years
- Herbert Chapman at Huddersfield Town
- The advert that attracted Chapman to Arsenal
How Chapman built his winning teams
- Chapman’s real innovations as a football manager
- From Failure to Excellence: Knighton to Chapman
- Arsenal’s first FA Cup triumph
- Chapman smashes the world transfer record
- Did Chapman really introduce a new playing formation in 1925?
Chapman – the players who won the league for the first time:
- Arsenal’s most prolific goalscorer opens his account…
- The players who won the league for Arsenal for the first time: Keyser
- David Jack: sublime genius
- Harold Peel – not all the signings were superstars
- Bill Seddon: the signings of Chapman
- Jo Hulme: Chapman’s brilliance with wingers
- Bill Harper, an Arsenal player who went to the USA
- Tom Parker: 172 consecutive matches and the first Arsenal man to lift the FA Cup.
- Andy Kennedy – one of the men who didn’t make it under Chapman
- 14 February 1912: Bryn Jones (whose transfer smashed the transfer record) born in Merthyr
27 February 1986: Pat Beasley, one of Chapman’s signings, died
- Andrew Kennedy, bought by Knighton, sold by ChapmanAndrew Neil, bought by Knighton sold by Chapman
- Tiger Hill
Chapman’s men, position by position
- Chapman’s number 11.
- Chapman and the inside-left position
- Chapman’s centre-forwards – stranger than you may thinl
- Chapman’s problems with the number 8
- The outside right under Chapman
- Knighton’s greatest triumph – Chapman’s number 6
- Chapman’s centre halves – the number 5
- Chapman’s problems with the number 4
- Chapman’s left backs
- Chapman and the issue of right backs
- Chapman’s problems with keepers
Season by Season
- From Knighton to Chapman – did Henry Norris really change the club rules to accommodate a new manager – or was that just a Knighton fantasy?
- Chapman’s first season – an amazing 2nd place
- Chapman’s second season – genius, or…
- Chapman: the third season – still no trophies
- Chapman in season four – new players but no trophies
- Chapman – the fifth season and the first trophy
- Arsenal 7 Blackpool 1, Dec 27 1930. George Male appears; first championship in site
- Arsenal 9 Grimsby Town 1: Arsenal’s biggest League win at Highbury
- March 28 1931: Arsenal head for their first league title
- Arsenal win the league for the very first time: 1931
- Chapman wins the league on 22 April 1933
- The achievements of Herbert Chapman – an overview
- How Herbert Chapman finally took power from Sir Henry Norris
- The day Herbert Chapman resigned
- In commemoration: Herbert Chapman dies on 6 January
- 28 January 1931: Arsenal’s biggest win at Highbury
- Arsenal smash the world transfer record – but did Herbert Chapman REALLY hustle the Bolton directors?
- Herbert Chapman: the Northampton Town years
- The Chapman formation: did he really create something new?
- Herbert Chapman did not change the name of the club. The evidence, the proof.
- Chapman’s last Cup game – the disastrous Walsall Experiment
- When shirt numbering started – and what happened
- How the boo-boys of the 1930s almost destroyed a wonderful player
- During and after Chapman: Three championships, three managers, and Tottenham relegated