030 – Tom Whittaker’s Photographs (part two)





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  1. Arsenal are a good London club and, no doubt, and London’s media always made a big deal about the aspirations of the club and ground. My view is that Arsenal are a fine example of a “second wave” English club. They only came good and started winning trophies after huge money was invested into the club in the 1920’s and 30’s.

    For history and tradition in English league football you have to go back to 1888 and the first wave of truly great clubs. To that end I always got the impression that Arsenal tried to make themselves a London version of Aston Villa: Chapman, famously, mimicked Villa’s world famous claret body/blue sleeves jersey design by changing Arsenal’s jersey to the red/white mirror image we are familiar with today. As for Highbury, well, clearly, the aim was to recreate a palace for football similar in prestige and renown to Villa Park. Aston Villa are the club of prime ministers and kings…you can’t buy class, no matter how much London’s media (in the case of Arsenal) suggest you can.

    • I must say their are many strange ideas in your comment; especially the fallacious comparison to Villa. The shirts most certainly weren’t an attempt to copy Villa in any way and neither was the ground. I really have no idea where you would get those ideas from.

      I also think you’re ignoring the early (and still existent in many ways) North/South divide in football and the inescapable fact that it was Arsenal that dragged the South into the professionalism of the Football League and competition with the more established powerhouses further North. Having said that you must remember that history is made in parallel and the early years of the Football League were centered around the North West and North East due in the main part to the professionalism of the clubs whilst amateurism was the vogue in the South – in fact with the early FA Cups previously being almost exclusively won by teams from the South a logical argument could be made that it was the likes of Villa that were ‘second wave’ clubs.

      As for the accusation regarding huge money being spent you’re ignoring the fact the ‘Bank of England’ club was something said about many clubs in the 1930s (including Villa and others such as Everton and the Sheffield clubs) due to the large increase in fees at a time when many were suffering extreme hardship. The only reason it stuck with Arsenal is due to success in that era.

      You’re obviously a Villa fan (and whilst your ‘class’ comments amuse greatly considering the post you made I’m quite happy to put your club in a list of truly great clubs of English football history – for that reason I genuinely hope you avoid relegation this season) but I have no idea why you felt the need to come onto this blog to disparage another club, especially a blog meant to merely bring historical artifacts and pictures from my own collection that are not generally seen to a wider audience. I believe there are some wonderful old images on here – why not just enjoy them?

      Finally, it’s a pet hate of mine so as your comment has been approved as sent I must point out it’s 1920s and ’30s not 1920’s and 30’s.

  2. By the way – please note that should anyone make a post on this thread deriding Villa it will be edited/removed as petty tribalism isn’t the point of this blog.

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