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Arsenal in the summer: 1938. The Nazi salute; the world record signing.

By Tony Attwood

After winning the league and playing their one friendly match (see the article on April and May 1938) Arsenal’s season was over. However there was, as always, other activity for the Arsenal players and the club during the summer. They may even have indulged in going to the races.

On […]

Arsenal players in the 1937/38 title winning side, and comparisons with earlier seasons

By Tony Attwood

Having completed the month by month review of Arsenal’s 1937/8 title winning season (for a full index of the series please see the foot of this article) here is the list of all the league players involved in the 1937/8 season with links to articles about them on […]

April/May 1938: from no titles to five in one decade – and the most amazing title of them all.

This is part of the series of articles which follows Arsenal through the 1930s. An index to the articles already written is given at the end of this piece.

This article updated 8 March 2017

by Tony Attwood

On 30 March 1938 the home and away league table looked like this. The team on the […]

March 1938: Arsenal at the top and a fifth title looks possible

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal and Wolverhampton had now become the form teams with four wins and two draws for Arsenal, five wins and one defeat for Wolverhampton, in the last six. Wolverhampton however had the games in hand. The table at the end of February looked like this.

P W D L F A GAv […]

Arsenal in February 1938: a true resurgence takes us top of the league.

This article is part of a series that traces Arsenal’s history through the 1930s. A full index of the articles is given at the end of this piece.

by Tony Attwood

Arsenal ended January 1938 in the 5th round of the FA Cup but were now six points behind the league leaders with two games […]

Arsenal in January 1938: two steps backwards but a new genius emerges.

by Tony Attwood

This is part of a series of articles covering every aspect of Arsenal FC throughout the 1930s. Details of all the other articles in the series are given below.

At the end of 1937 the league table looked a lot more promising from Arsenal’s point of view than it had before.

P […]

Arsenal in December 1937; a settled team and a revival

by Tony Attwood

This is part of a series of articles covering every aspect of Arsenal FC throughout the 1930s. Details of all the other articles in the series are given below.

At the end of November 1937 Arsenal were in 6th place in the league – just four points off the top of the […]

Arsenal in Nov 1937; a tactical signing changes the game

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal began November 1937 languishing in 9th place, with the football world was awash with rumours of the biggest shake up in Allison’s career as a manager about to happen.

Chapman had been known to be ruthless in his treatment of players, dropping them the moment they did not meet his expectations, […]

Arsenal in October 1937: Allison decides it is time for a total change.

By Tony Attwood

By the end of September Arsenal had raised the hopes of all their fans that another title winning season could be on the cards, but then after a perfect start had faded away and ended the month in 7th position. But they were only three points behind the leaders – Charlton – […]

Arsenal in August and September 1937: a brilliant start and a TV first.

By Tony Attwood

The 1936/7 season had ended in disappointment for Arsenal who had for a long time looked capable of winning the league. Instead Man City made a late rush to win the league for the first time.

Home Away W D L F A W D L F A GAv Pt 1 Man […]

Reg Trim: only one game for Arsenal but a varied career as a footballer

by Tony Attwood

Today, playing large numbers of matches in the Football Combination (the reserve league) would be derided, but many is the player for whom doing just this in the 1930s was a matter of significance, and the medals to be won as Arsenal regularly won the Combination league were items to be cherished. […]

Raymond Parkin: great goalscorer, five times Combination champion

by Tony Attwood

Raymond Parkin was born on 28 January 1911 in Crook, County Durham. He started his career in 1926 as an amateur, with Esh Winning FC – a team that won the Northern League in 1913 and was considered one of the leading amateur teams in that part of the country at the […]

Dr James Marshall: came for a near record fee but only played five games.

by Tony Attwood

Dr James Marshall known as Jimmy was born 3 January 1908 in Avonbridge, in Stirlingshire and started out with junior club Shettleston in the east end of Glasgow (a club still in existence) before joining Rangers in 1925.

Dr Marshall stayed at Rangers for nine years, winning the league five times, […]

Peter Dougall: the next Alex James… but not quite

By Tony Attwood

Peter Dougall was born on 21 March 1909 at Denny in Falkirk, and played inside left. His first recorded club was Dunipace Juniors, who were founded in 1888 and who currently play in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association.

Here’s his football career.

Years Team Games Goals 1926–1929 Burnley […]

George Cox: one of the men who got Arsenal fined, but a fine cricketer and good servant of the club

By Tony Attwood

George Cox was born in Warnham near Horsham in Sussex on 23 August 1911, and signed for Arsenal as an amateur in November 1933 from Horsham, before turning professional the following month on 19 December.

Horsham FC were formed originally in 1871, and then reformed in 1882 on a firmer footing, and […]