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Henry Norris

Introductory note

Specific articles on Henry Norris who rescued the club in 1910 and went on to move the club, build Highbury and bring in Herbert Chapman.  Please note that the club’s chairman was known simply as Henry Norris until 1917 when he was awarded a knighthood and made a Lt Colonel as part of his work in the recruitment drive during the first world war.  From that date on his official title was Lt Col Sir Henry Norris, and from late 1918 he was the Honourable Lt Col Sir Henry Norris MP.

For simplicity most of the time he is named as Henry Norris, but this is not in any way intended as a discourtesy to his memory or to his family.

Tony Attwood

1:  The take over

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

2: 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

3: 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

4: 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.

5:  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