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Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Please note:

The book “Woolwich Arsenal: the club that changed football” is the only complete history of the club ever published, covering its entire lifetime from 1893 to 1915.  There are a small number of copies left available of this 234 page volume.  It is available for £14.95 with no postage charge for delivery within the UK.  Just email Tony@schools.co.uk with your details at made payment via PayPal or contact me and I can arrange another other method of payment.


We are currently evolving a series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal.

Quite a few articles already exist and I’m slowly trying to fill in the gaps and pull them all together.

We are currently reviewing each of the players who played for Arsenal under Norris’ ownership in 1910/11 – and a table showing each of these is published at the end of each article with updated links.   Here is the table as it stands on 10 July 2017

The Henry Norris FilesSection 1 – 1910.

Section 2 – 1911

Section 3 – 1912

Section 4 – 1913

Section 5 – 1914

Section 6 – 1915

Section 7: – 1916


The players at Arsenal during the Henry Norris Era

Other stories from 1910/12

Athletic News: the leading sports journal of the day, previews Woolwich Arsenal 1910/11

George Allison’s view of Henry NorrisWhy did Henry Norris have a fixation with Woolwich Arsenal

The take over of Arsenal by Henry Norris

The day Arsenal came within 3 minutes of extinction

By 1910 Norris owned three clubs, one in Division 1, one in Division 2, and one in the Southern League.   Why?

Woolwich Arsenal liquidated

Norris does an interview with the Kentish Indy, and blames the fans

Arsenal supporters refuse to hand over their cash

Norris as chairman

Henry Norris as Chairman (part of the Chairmen of Arsenal series)

Norris and the club motto

Arsenal elected – find the bribery and get the reward

Knighton could not spend, Chapman could

Norris and Highbury

Gillespie Road names as new stadium

The last game in Woolwich

Norris and the Highbury Defence committee

Woolwich Arsenal gain possession of Highbury

23 February 1913: Tottenham demand a meeting of the Football League to stop Arsenal’s advance

22 February 1913 – Gillespie Rd named as new Arsenal stadium

Light Hearts and Optimism

Arsenal buy Highbury

Norris and the players

Did Henry Norris forbid one manager to make signings and give another an open cheque book?

The Reg Boreham story – Norris cast in the worst possible light.

Norris and Chapman

Norris publishes Arsenal’s most notorious advert

When power moved from Norris to Chapman

 George Hardy – the man Norris cited when he resigned

From Knighton to Chapman