It was to enhance the players peripheral vision on the field. The Political Economy of Football. It has featured on the silver screen as well, having been the backdrop for at least two movies: , and. It was Sir Henry Norris, the original, well-connected property-dealing chairman, who bulldozed through a great deal of opposition to relocate Woolwich Arsenal from their muddy riverside home, north to Islington. Spurling highlights his mastery of delegation as the reason why he brought success back to Arsenal after a barren run so long if it happened now it would leave social media in a foaming mass.
In October 2005 the proposed flats went on sale; as of May 2006 all properties in the North, East and West Stands had been taken. The stadium's main entrances were on , Avenell Road and Highbury Hill. The Official Illustrated History of Arsenal. I could go on and keep trying to illustrate in my rudimentary style how this book incorporates not only the keypoints of Arsenal as a whole but so many revealing ideas, theories and facts that every single page acts as a sentry guarding a treasure trove of surprises and mind-treats. The next couple of chapters rightfully focus on the Herbert Chapman era. The North Bank terrace was given a roof and the southern terrace had a fitted to its front, giving it the name the Clock End. Written in the year that Arsenal moved to the Emirates, Jon Spurling has produced the definitive account of the club's 93 years at Highbury.
There is currently a plethora of arsenal related reading material awaiting your keen eyes. They were shipped to Dublin in 1962. The exteriors of the listed Art Deco East Stand and the matching West Stand were preserved and incorporated into the new developments, while the rest of the stands' structures were removed, and the pitch became a communal garden. Spurling has also spoken to numerous players: the late greats of yesteryear Ted Drake, George Male and Reg Lewis , as well as legends of a more recent vintage - from Bob Wilson, Charlie George and Malcolm MacDonald to Anders Limpar and various legends of the Wenger era, including Patrick Vieira. In February 1995, George Graham was fired by Arsenal in the wake of a bungs scandal. So thank you Ronnie Rooke and Joe Mercer! Archived from on 2 January 2011. A terrific read and a worthy tribute.
Also investigated are the stories behind Arsenal's most infamous tabloid exposés. His teammates ridiculed him for his ridiculous prophecy but as the results and draws occurred they all soon stopped the jibes. By , , , — Barry Hulshoff looks notably older than his teammates. It was reminiscent of 1913 again, when Highbury was first being built. These players were viewed as has-beens and crocks. Cue my gasps of disbelief as I read. A regular sound was synapses within my grey matter snapping apart and forging new connections as things I thought I knew were hastily connected to different conclusions.
It featured a single stand on the eastern side and the other three sides had banked terracing. My team Huddersfield had dominated the previous decade, so I suppose I should have been annoyed that Arsenal now took their place. Having also secured Arsenal's 'promotion' to the First Division as football restarted after the First World War, Norris eventually left under a cloud following match-fixing allegations on the final day of the 1927-28 season despite a surprising 0-2 home defeat to Portsmouth, Charlie Buchan and his team-mates were delighted to receive 'new fangled refrigerators' from the chairman; Spurs were relegated as a result. At a cost of £45,000 the West Stand complete with 4,100 seats was opened in December 1932. Restrictions, such as the East Stand's status as a and the fact the stadium was surrounded on all sides by a , made any future expansion of Highbury difficult and expensive, although the club's directors would have liked to have kept Arsenal at a modernized and expanded Highbury.
In the week that David Jack arrived from Bolton for a record £10,000, the press announced an alarming downturn in the fortunes of the building trade. Chapman continued to argue that in the long term, football would outstrip its sporting rivals, but in the meantime, he realised that the product needed to be sufficiently attractive to pull in the punters. I implore you — if you wish to deepen your connection to Arsenal and learn what makes other clubs look upon our history and ways with envious glances — then you must purchase Red Letter Days. The story went that a horse backed so close to the North Bank that both the animal and the cart toppled in. The book then serenely takes you on a brilliant tour of more austere times. The façade of the East Stand, on Avenell Road, in 2005. This book though, took me by the proverbial hand and took me on the most vibrant, eclectic and simply pleasurable stroll through the events that directly constructed Arsenal.
After several years of sitting in Highbury's local pubs and cafes with a Dictaphone, Jon Spurling has pooled hours of interviews with fans, program sellers, local publicans, and even those who dug the foundations of the Laundry End and later cleared rubbish from its terraces, to meticulously construct the biography of the ground and chart the ups and downs of one of Englan After several years of sitting in Highbury's local pubs and cafes with a Dictaphone, Jon Spurling has pooled hours of interviews with fans, program sellers, local publicans, and even those who dug the foundations of the Laundry End and later cleared rubbish from its terraces, to meticulously construct the biography of the ground and chart the ups and downs of one of England's greatest league clubs. There was always a contradiction lying at the heart of Chapman. Wenger and his perceived lack of tactical adjustment for the strength of oppositions is touched upon by not only the astute scribe but by former pupils of Wengerball. . The West Stand cost £45,000 while the East Stand went far over budget and ended up costing £130,000, mainly thanks to the expense of the facade. He was known to be a teller of tall stories. By the time of , the pitch had been ruled too small for international football and the stadium would have been ineligible.
You could have written a soap opera about it. He played on for another 8 years. Spurling has also spoken to numerous players: the late greats of yesteryear Ted Drake, George Male and Reg Lewis ; as well as legends of a more recent vintage - from Bob Wilson, Charlie George and Malcolm MacDonald to Anders Limpar and various legends of the Wenger era, including Edu and Patrick Vieira. The entry chapter regarding Norris fascinated me and had my attention in a headlock. The antics of Norris, and previously unpublished fans' recollections of the first game at Highbury an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Leicester Fosse and of the emerging championship-winning side of Herbert Chapman - one fit, at last, to perform beneath the art-deco splendour of the East Stand - are some of the earliest memories captured in Highbury: the story of Arsenal in N5.