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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.

At the time of writing Arsenal are available as a big as 16/1 and sixth in […]

John Storrs who played in our first season, but then vanished.

by Tony Attwood

Finding John Storrs, who played 12 league games and four FA Cup games for Woolwich Arsenal in the club’s inaugural league season, has turned out to be a bit of a problem.

We know about his football: he came into the first team on 25 September 1893 for the fourth match of […]

13 October 1928: Arsenal Smash The World Transfer Record – But what REALLY happened?

By Andy Kelly

84 years ago today Arsenal broke the world transfer record by paying a reported £10,890 to Bolton for David Jack. I’m sure that you, dear reader, will have read the story of Jack’s transfer many times. But, did you know that there actually two versions how Arsenal came […]

Arsenal’s most prolific goalscorer opens his account…

…118 years ago today.

By Andy Kelly

In our recent quiz I asked:

Of players who have played more than 30 first team competitive games for Arsenal, which player has the best goals scored per game ratio?

I must admit that I only discovered who this was […]

Joe Haverty: a beacon of light in an era of Darkness

Joe Haverty (17 February 1936 – 7 February 2009) played for Home Farm FC and St Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland (reaching the country’s Cup final), and then signed for Arsenal in 1954 joining the side on 25 August 1965 aged 18. At 5 feet 3 inches he is one of the smallest players ever for […]

Players from the Dark Era: Jimmy Bloomfield

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“Making the Arsenal” – is available on Amazon, Arsenal on line, the Woolwich Arsenal site and in the Arsenal store.

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Untold History…Untold Media … Untold Ref Reviews … Untold Economics … Untold Corruption … Untold Wenger … Untold News … Untold Fifa … […]

Arsenal History Society at The Unveiling of Arsenal’s Legends’ Statues

by Andy Kelly

Last Friday I was one of three people (Tony Attwood and Mark Andrews being the other two) that received an e-mail from Paul Matz of AISA asking if one of us would like to attend the unveiling of the three legends’ statues on 9 December. The club had invited 100 special guests […]

In the dark ages of Arsenal: Gerry Ward

By Tony Attwood

Gerry Ward was born October 5, 1936 in Stepney and joined Arsenal as a trainee in 1952 during Tom Whittaker’s regime. In his time as a junior Arsenal won the league (1952/3) but the number 11 position proved a problem after Don Roper was forced to move to outside right – which […]

They played for Arsenal during the dark days: Dennis Evans

Making the Arsenal – the Xmas present for people with everything Arsenal

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By Tony Attwood

 

Dennis Evans was a stalwart for Arsenal, playing 207 games (189 in the league) and scoring 12 goals (10 in the league). He was a left back who only played left back […]

The dead years of Arsenal: Bill Dodgin

By Tony Atttwood

William “Bill” Dodgin was born on 4 November 1931 and died in June 2000 after suffering from Alzheimers.

He was born in County Durham, and was himself the son of a footballer (Bill Dodgin senior – 1909 to 1999) who played for Hudderfield Town, Lincoln, Charlton, Bristol Rovers, Clapton Orient and Southampton.

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Into the darkness: Swindin leads us into the nine dead years of Arsenal

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“Making the Arsenal” – the book of Arsenal’s rebirth

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Arsenal.com have today picked up Walter’s “Jenkinson” article in their Media Watch section. Congratulations all round to Walter from everyone at Untold Towers

By Tony Attwood

In October 1956 Tom Whittaker, the club’s manager, died of a heart […]

Alf Common’s cap goes up for sale.

By Tony Attwood

An England cap won by Alf Common is being auctioned tomorrow. Apparently it will get over £1000 – the amount Alf cost Middlesbrough.

Alf Common was a Middlesbrough player when he won the red England cap. MIDDLESBROUGH FC caused a sensation when it became the first football club to pay £1,000 for […]

Frederick William Groves, Arsenal 1912 to 1921

“Making the Arsenal” – the book of Arsenal’s decline and rebirth Untold Arsenal on Twitter @UntoldArsenal

By Tony Attwood

This series of articles focusses on the team that started the first post war season for Arsenal in 1919. Inevitably however some of these players have already been the subject of articles on this site – […]

The most curious case of Clem Voysey, Arsenal player 1919-1926

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The Christmas gift for the fan with (almost) everything

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By Tony Attwood

Clement Ross Voysey (known as Clem) was born in New Cross on 27 December 1899 and died in 1989. He played for Royal Naval Air Service and made […]

Frank Bradshaw; from goal scoring to defending, Arsenal after the WWI

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The Christmas gift for the fan with (almost) everything

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By Tony Attwood

Continuing the review of Arsenal’s team as it took up its duties in the first division at the start of the 1919/20 season.

Frank Bradshaw joined Arsenal in 1914 and played 29 league […]

Football resumes – Arsenal in 1919… Ernie Williamson

By Tony Attwood

On August 30 1919, under the guidance of Leslie Knighton, Arsenal (not Woolwich Arsenal, not The Arsenal, but Arsenal) played their first match of the new era.

The war had been over for almost a year, football had been restructured, after all the rows and arguments about match fixing and expansion of […]

Ex-Arsenal: John Jensen sacked by Blackburn after beating Arsenal

By Tony Attwood

Trying to read what on earth is going on at Blackburn Rovers is hard: Sam Allerdyce was sacked for not sharing the vision of the club, and the other people are brought in – including our old chum John Jensen.

On 12 January 2011 he signed a 6 month contract with Blackburn […]

Ex Arsenal man Remi Garde takes on the job of manager at Olympique Lyon

By Tony Attwood

Continuing my occasional series about ex Arsenal players in management here is the latest on Remi Garde’s team Lyon. The club is lying second in the league after five games, having already beaten the early leaders Montpellier in August.

Pos. Team Pl W D L GF GA +/- Pts 1 Montpellier HSC […]

Tony Adams makes a good start to the season in Azerbaijan

By Tony Attwood

We’ve been keeping some of our past players in our sights from time to time and here is the latest that I have on Tony Adams.

After a mid table position last year (although with a very strong second half of the season and a long unbeaten run) Tony seems to be […]

The brave, fearless and intelligent: four great heroes of Arsenal

THE BRAVE,FEARLESS AND INTELLIGENT

Don McMahon

This is a sort of compendium of Arsenal’s often ignored heroes and heroic events in the modern era that have contributed to our reputation as a formidable and highly respected Football club, despite the British and Spanish media’s ceaseless efforts to dismiss AFC blindly. By the way […]

Arsenal’s first foreign player, and Arsenal’s smallest squad

By Tony Attwood

In writing the Arsenal Uncovered notes for the club programme this season, I find I am getting myself into areas where I think I know the answer, and then don’t.

If you can help, I’d be grateful.

Arsenal’s first foreign player. Of course there’s an issue of definition here, but taking it […]

Your help needed if you know your Arsenal history

by Tony Attwood

I am working with two great friends of this site (Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews) to produce the book WOOLWICH ARSENAL: THE CLUB THAT CHANGED FOOTBALL.

Following discussions with Arsenal FC there is a chance that they will take the book and sell it through their shops and on line – it […]

Star players don’t come to Arsenal, because Arsenal are straight.

By Tony Attwood

There are players you can’t recall at all, players you half remember, players you rather like, and legends.

Jack Kelsey is in the final group.

He played for Arsenal’s first team from 1950 until 1962, winning just one medal – the league in 1953. And yet he is a name that anyone […]

Tony Adams declares he would love to manage Arsenal

By Tony Attwood

Recently I published a couple of pieces about two prospective future managers of Arsenal: Remi Garde and Dennis Bergkamp. The reason for these stories was not the fact that these ex-players had declared their interest in the job, but rather because both were highly regarded by Arsene Wenger, as players, and both […]

Top players will leave Arsenal. When did we first hear that?

By Tony Attwood

If you occasionally drop into this blog you’ll know that I am writing a year by year review of Arsene Wenger. The last article dealt with the 2003 Cup Final and the start of the “49” unbeaten run.

I was just getting my notes together for the start of the rather important […]