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Norris at the Arsenal part 8: July to December 1910. Bad news all round.

by Tony Attwood

Continuing from the last episode we have now got to the point where the new season was almost upon the club.

The directors continued to sort out the debts of the Woolwich Arsenal club which had existed until this summer. The bank overdraft, and the second mortgage on the ground were repaid […]

Patrick Vieira: Arsenal’s Missing Rib

Patrick Vieira: Arsenal’s Missing Rib

With Arsene Wenger remaining at Arsenal as manager for another two seasons, the odds on the North London club, as shown on Ladbrokes free bet, to win the Premier League next season is high.

Coincidentally, Arsenal have not won another Premier League title since Patrick Vieira left the club in […]

Norris at the Arsenal 7: Completing the takeover and preparing for the new season

This is the 7th part of the story of Henry Norris at the Arsenal. The previous episodes are

Part 1. How Arsenal fell from grace.

Part 2: heading for liquidation and the first thought of moving elsewhere

Part 3: March and April 1910 – the crisis deepens

Part 4: the proposed mergers with Tottenham and […]

Norris at Arsenal 6: It’s agreed, Arsenal stay in Plumstead for one (no two) years

This is part six of our series on Henry Norris at Arsenal. The previous articles are

Part 1. How Arsenal fell from grace. Part 2: heading for liquidation and the first thought of moving elsewhere Part 3: March and April 1910 – the crisis deepens Part 4: the proposed mergers with Tottenham and Chelsea. Part […]

The collapse of Woolwich Arsenal: how the rescue took shape.

This is part 5 of the Henry Norris Files – the complete story of Henry Norris at Arsenal. The previous sections are

Part 1. How Arsenal fell from grace.

Part 2: heading for liquidation and the first thought of moving elsewhere

Part 3: March and April 1910 – the crisis deepens

Part 4: the proposed […]

Henry Norris at the Arsenal part 4: the proposed mergers with Tottenham and Chelsea.

by Tony Attwood

This series of articles covers the 17 years in which Henry Norris was involved with Arsenal football club. The story so far:

How Arsenal fell from grace. Heading for liquidation and the first thought of moving elsewhere March and April 1910 – the crisis deepens

Thus far the following has become clear:

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Norris at the Arsenal 3: March and April 1910 – the crisis deepens

By Tony Attwood

This is the continuation of the series of articles tracing the work of Henry Norris at Arsenal from 1910 to 1927. The first two articles are available here

Henry Norris at the Arsenal: Part 1. How Arsenal fell from grace. Norris at the Arsenal part 2: heading for liquidation and the first […]

Norris at the Arsenal part 2: heading for liquidation and the first thought of moving elsewhere

This article continues from the opening of the series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal, and is part of a series that will outline all of Norris’ work with the club from 1910 onwards. The aim is to unwind the myths that surround Norris’ work and reveal exactly what happened during his 17 years association […]

Henry Norris at the Arsenal: Part 1. How Arsenal fell from grace.

by Tony Attwood

Background note:

In recent years the Arsenal History Society has produced a number of series of articles covering important periods in the history of the club such as

Arsenal in the 30s – every match reviewed The First League Season, Arsenal day by day – the anniversaries Arsenal in the 70s – […]

8 May 1971 Arsenal win the Double for the first time

by Tony Attwood

In 1971, at White Hart Lane Arsenal won their first league title since 1953 and won the league with just one point less than the record breaking 66 points achieved in 1931 when Herbert Chapman won Arsenal the league for the first time ever, the club playing the same number of games.

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7 May 1938: Arsenal make it five League titles & two Cups in nine years

By Tony Attwood

On 7 May 1938 the glorious run of triumphs that was Arsenal in the 1930s had its final bow as Arsenal won the league in the most dramatic fashion on the last day of the season. Even after their match ended they still didn’t know if they had got that fifth title, […]

Ernie Collett: the reserve player who stayed with the club for 37 years

By Tony Attwood

Ernest Collett known universally as Ernie, was born on 17 November 1914 in Sheffield. He started out playing for Oughtibridge Working Men’s Club, a club that is still extant playing in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior Football League.

Ernie joined Arsenal in April 1933 and won the Football Combination six […]

5 May 1935: Arsenal win the league for the third time under three different managers

At the end of March 1935 Arsenal were top of the league – a position most people had got used to them occupying. They had been league champions for the previous two seasons, managed first by Herbert Chapman, then Joe Shaw, and now George Allison. The question was could Arsenal not only win the title […]

3 May 1971: Arsenal won the league at WHL (for the first time)

By Tony Attwood

3 May is quite a day in the history of Arsenal for it was the day that Royal Arsenal transformed itself into Woolwich Arsenal. It meant being able to enter the Football League (the League insisted on clubs being limited companies, and limited companies cannot have a name that suggests royal approval […]

Gordon Bremner: a tremendous talent whose career was lost to the war

By Tony Attwood

Gordon Bremner was the embodiment of a superb player who lost virtually all his playing career to the second world war.

He was born on 12 November 1917 in Glasgow and started by playing for Cartha Athletic. Cartha Athletic Club, was founded in Glasgow in 1889, and was one of the largest […]

Ronald Westcott: Arsenal’s unluckiest player ever of whom we know so little.

By Tony Attwood

Ronald (known as Ronnie) Wescott is a player who despite playing for Arsenal in the 1930s is a player whose entry here is going to be sadly very short, for he suffered a career ending injury in just his second game for Arsenal.

He was born on 19 September 1910 at Wallesey […]

Arsenal’s forgotten manager Joe Shaw wins the league for Arsenal. 28 April 1934.

Joseph Ebenezer Shaw – a name to conjure with, although in reality he was known as Joe Shaw.

Joe Shaw was born May 7, 1883 (Arsenal, the football facts has 1882) and died in September 1963 aged 80 after a lifetime of service to Arsenal. He is one of the handful of men who need […]

Celebrating the anniversary of Arsenal’s first ever FA Cup win on 26 April 1930

This article is an extract from the Arsenal History Society complete series on Arsenal in the 1930s. Full details of the series are given at the end of the article.

 

by Tony Attwood

On 26 April 1930 Arsenal won their first ever F.A. Cup 2-0 v Huddersfield. And indeed on this day they won […]

Reg Stockill: famed as a schoolboy star, and the man who started the 3 successive league titles.

by Tony Attwood

Reginald Robert Stockill, known as Reg was born on 24 November 1913 in York. Although he only played a handful of games for Arsenal he should always be remembered for what he did on 27 August 1932. For on that day there was a football result which read Birmingham 0 Arsenal 1. […]

Arsenal: the most successful team in the FA Cup of all time

By Tony Attwood

This weekend Arsenal become the most successful team ever in the history of the FA Cup – and they will retain that crown no matter what happens on Sunday in the semi-final.

After the conclusion of the FA Cup in 2016 the table for the number of appearances by the most successful […]

Joey Williams: the Arsenal man who won the league and got relegated at the same moment.

By Tony Attwood

Joseph Williams was born in Rotherham on 4 June 1902, and started playing for Rotherham County (the club that merged with others to form Rotherham Utd in 1925).

In 1924 he moved to Huddersfield Town, then managed by Herbert Chapman, and was part of Chapman’s league winning team of 1924/5. He stayed […]

Leonard Thompson, a talented player beset by injuries, and not quite as Bernard Joy describes him.

By Tony Attwood

Leonard Thompson was born on 18 February 1901 in Sheffield.

His first club is recorded as Shiregreen Primitive Methodists, Shiregreen being a part of Sheffield, but then curiously there is a note of him playing for Norfolk Amateurs. I have found a few references to this […]

Albert Edward Humpish: Herbert Chapman’s mystery signing for Arsenal in 1929.

By Tony Attwood

Albert Humpish was born on 3 March 1902, and was one of eight players to make his debut for Arsenal in the 1929/30 season as Chapman gave the squad his final shuffle in order to win the illusive first trophy, which of course he did.

Bert, as he was usually known, (although […]

The crowd at Woolwich Arsenal: Arsenal in the 2nd division 1893/4 to 1903/4

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal joined the Football League in 1893/4 and stayed in the second division for 11 years. The table below shows the growth (and in three years a decline) in the attendances for league matches at the club, and compares these not only with the club’s position in the league (the last column) […]

The Arsenal Handbook 1930: the errors and the consequences

By Tony Attwood

In a previous post I published a copy of the 1930 Arsenal handbook in what I trust is an easy-to-read format. Much of the text is taken up with a history of the club, and it is a history that contains a few errors. My aim here is to clarify some of […]