— The Arsenal History

by Andy Kelly

Sky Sports and The Premier League have incurred the wrath of Arsenal fans over the last week or so for changing the date of the Hull Tigers City v Arsenal game from Sunday to Saturday with only nine days’ notice. This is so that Chelsea’s game with Sunderland can be brought forward to Saturday to give them more time to prepare for their Champions League game on the following Tuesday.

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Arsenal ticket allocations: 1930-2014

As part of the run up to the FA Cup final we will be looking into various aspects of Arsenal’s rich history with the competition. We start with ticket distribution in finals.

By Mark Andrews and Andy Kelly

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“Criticism is not unusual at a football club office because practically
every supporter can find some fault in the method of distributing tickets” 

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by Andy Kelly

A recent April Fool’s joke said that Tottenham were scrapping plans to build a new stadium and would become tenants at Arsenal’s Ashburton Grove.

Needless to say, some fans took the bait and were up in arms at such a suggestion.

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As you may know, we write a regular page in the Arsenal matchday programme which comprises unusual stories from the club’s past which, usually, have been long forgotten about. Most of them tend to be older stories as the last 20 years has seen the internet report on every time a player farts and keeps it for posterity for ever more.

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The Crowd at The Arsenal v Newcastle 30 August 1919 

By Mark Andrews

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by Andy Kelly

With the recently announced 3% increase in ticket prices for Arsenal games next season and the subsequent anger from many Arsenal fans I thought I would look into the recent history of prices at Arsenal. In addition to this I’m also about a third of the way through Matthew Bazell’s “Theatre of Silence“, a fantastic book that explains his disillusionment with the game. @RoyalarsenalMRA and myself have felt pretty much the same way as Matthew for a number of years, especially with regards to the enormous sums paid to players. I heartily recommend Matthew’s book, it’s an easy read and only £4.11 on kindle.

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by Andy Kelly

Anyone who saw David O’Leary play would agree that he was one of the games calmest players who very rarely lost his cool. The only game that I can remember him coming close to being sent off was when he broke George Armstrong’s appearance record against Norwich on 4 November 1989. He was involved in a running battle with Martin Allen who seemed intent on provoking O’Leary to react, a tactic that almost worked as the Arsenal man was booked.

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Tottenham  v Arsenal: League Division 1 - Saturday 23 September 1922

The Arsenal History recounts a classic, no holds barred, encounter between the North London rivals.

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by Andy Kelly

Following on from yesterday’s article about Arsenal’s semi-final record I thought I would have a look at their record at Wembley.

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by Andy Kelly

Unless you’ve been on away on a trip to the moon over the last two days you will know that Arsenal have just reached the FA Cup semi-finals again. This will be their 27th appearance at this stage, which will equal Manchester United’s record.

I’m sure I will be asked at some point about Arsenal’s record so I thought I would get in first. Below is a list of all the FA Cup semi-finals that Arsenal have appeared in.

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