For this classic match we go back to Arsenal’s worst ever season since World War Two. This game would turn out to be the biggest highlight of the campaign..
The Archery Tournament – Or Was It?
Those of you that have read an Arsenal history book will, more than likely, have noticed that the club organising an archery tournament in 1903 to raise funds. Arsenal handbooks throughout the 1970s included this statement within the club’s chronology:
Now, Edwardian England may seem a long time ago, but the medieval art of archery was very much in the decline, if not virtually non-existent at this time. On top of this, £1,200 was more than one fifth of Woolwich Arsenal’s turnover at the time. To put this into perspective, it is similar to a tournament bringing in £40 million today.
So, how was it that a tournament of this nature could greatly swell the club’s offers? Read More →
For today’s game the manager and whole team must call upon the fighting spirit of Arsenal’s most pugnacious boss in its history. He stood up to the Manchester police as his team won away in 1906 to reach the Gunners first ever FA Cup semi-final.
Today Arsenal need the Phil Kelso spirit.
As you know we have been reproducing our programme work on the blog this season, well here is a match report in a slightly different format to those of this season, written for last season’s quarter-final programme against Everton. A prescient match up of the first FA cup tie between the two most successful teams in the competition’s history!
This classic match saw a record broken, but it wasn’t Arsenal who broke it. It was also the last game played by a legendary forward.
We don’t have a copy of the programme for this game, but there is one available on the excellent Everton Collection website. Click on the programme cover read it at the Everton Collection.
Arsenal v France 14 February 1989
“Robson, Robson pick them all…Robson pick them all”, sang the North Bank as Arsenal outplayed and defeated the French international team.
Davidson: A Prototype Marinello?
Bobby Davidson made his debut on 20 February 1935, and scored with a header in a routine 2-0 win over Stoke at Highbury, and everything looked rosy for the new Gunners forward.
Bob Benson: 9 February 1883 – 19 February 1916
99 years ago on this day, an Arsenal player died playing for the club. Bob Benson left the field of play after an hour, collapsed and died of a burst blood vessel in the dressing room during a wartime game against Reading at Highbury.
For this classic match report we go back to the 1930s for a historic game that rarely gets mentioned.
Many thanks to Middlesbrough fan Steve Roberts for providing a copy of the programme for this article.
Last year, Northbank1969 wrote about his and his mates’ journey to see Arsenal play Middlesbrough in the FA Cup in 1977. I believed that one of his party was my brother who I knew had gone to the game. It turned out it wasn’t. Another group of North London lads organised their own trip up north to watch the game. Here is their story as told by Mick Kelly.
For this classic match we go back 30 years to a season that saw Arsenal play some scintillating football early doors but lost their way in November. Once again, we have the whole programme for you to read. This has been reproduced with the kind permission of Leicester City FC. There’s also a quiz question at the end of the article to test your knowledge.