Monthly Archives: May 2012

101 – Behind the Scenes at Arsenal (part one)

In the spring of 1989 the now defunct Today newspaper ran a series featuring the backroom side of Arsenal. Today and tomorrow I will be showing slides of some of the photo’s used. Today’s feature Gary Lewin, Ken Friar, Theo Foley and George Graham.

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100 – We F*ck*d Rushie’s Record Up

1987. George Graham’s young team faced the all powerful Liverpool in the League Cup Final, when the trophy still had merit. Ian Rush, Liverpool goalscorer supreme, had an amazing record of never having been on the losing side for them when he had scored a goal. When he put Liverpool one up no doubt the commentators repeated that stat ad nauseum…until Charlie Nicholas scored twice. One-nil down, two-one up, as in the semi, was the chant that day.

These scans are from a set of slides I was given a few years ago.


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099 – Fanzines

In the late 1980s the fanzine movement moved out of it’s punk beginnings and reached the world of football. Whilst the charge was led by When Saturday Comes very soon their were various Arsenal fanzines available around the ground and in Sportspages. Below are scans of the first edition covers of the earliest Arsenal fanzines.

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098 – Player Instructions and Training Rules

After a few day’s of press photo scans, something different today.

This is a copy of the instruction booklet given to all players in 1985-86 season. I’ve cropped out a couple of small parts just in case as they contained personal phone numbers.


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097 – The Agony, the Ecstasy…and the Agony (part three)

Final part of our journey through Terry Neill’s cup finals. The first picture is undated but is the original from a photo used on page 5 of David O’Leary’s testimonial programme.

“Arsenal Come Back. April 24th 1980.
Luton Airport, Thursday.
Arsenal goal scorer Paul Vaessen arriving back from his team’s Cup-winners Cup success last night, is confronted with autograph hunters at Luton Airport today.
The final score in Turin was Juventus 0 – Arsenal 1.

“Winners rejoice. May 1st 1980.
Brian Talbot (centre right), arms raised in jubilation, exclaims his victory after scoring Arsenal’s 12th-minute lead over Liverpool in tonight’s third replay of the FA cup Semi-Final game at Highfield Road, Coventry.
Liverpool defender Phil Neal is seen (centre of picture) on Talbot’s left, and their goalkeeper Ray Clemence prostrate in his net.”

“Cup Winners Cup Final Arsenal v Valencia.
Liam Brady – Arsenal – after losing the match.”

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096 – The Agony, the Ecstasy…and the Agony (part two)

Continuing the three part journey through Terry Neill’s Cup Finals. as always details below are from backslips but althought the third mentione Alan Sunderland it looks more like Graham Rix to me.

“Arsenal Ecstasy. May 12th 1979.
Wembley, London, Saturday.
Athletic embrace for Arsenal pair Liam Brady (left) and Alan Sunderland as they celebrate their 3-2 win over Manchester United as the final whistle ends this afternoon’s FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Both played major parts in the dramatic clash. Brady made all three Arsenal goals and Sunderland snatched the winner with just seconds to go.”

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095 – The Agony, the Ecstasy…and the Agony (part one)

Whilst Terry Neill’s period as manager never resulted in any real challenge for the League title, Cup Finals became commonplace with 3 FA Cup Finals and 1 Cup Winners Cup Final within 3 seasons.

Today’s post, and the next two , are a ‘snapshot’ of that time in press photo scans with backslips copied below where present.

“Arsenal v Orient. F.A.Cup Semi-Final. 8.4.78.
Malcolm MacDonald after scoring 1 of the 2 goals he claimed he scored during the game.”

“F.A.Cup Semi-Final. Saturday march 31st 1979.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) v. Arsenal (2) at Villa Park.
Arsenal striker Alan Sunderland (8, left) shoots their second goal of the match, through the legs of Wolves goalkeeper Paul Bradshaw”

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094 – Random 1970s Press Photo’s (part four)

Where available backslip details are below the scans.

“Arsenal v Derby. 16.12.78.
Price scores number 1.”

“Arsenal footballer Sammy Nelson at F.A. Disciplinary hearing.
Arsenal Manager Terry Neill with Sammy Nelson when they arrived at the F.A. H.Q. Lancaster Gate today for a disciplinary hearing.

“Arsenal Training 26.9.79.
Over the top and away! Frank Stapleton in determined mood at London Colney”

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093 – Random 1970s Press Photo’s (part three)

Any script below scans is from the backslips.

“Football at White Hart Lane. Spurs v Arsenal.
Jimmy Rimmer (the Arsenal goalkeeper) is put under pressure by Colin Jones (Spurs) but manages to punch the ball clear as John Radford, Eddie Kelly and Richie Powling (Arsenal) look on.

“Arsenal v Manchester United. 18-12-76.
Liam Brady jumps on SuperMac after scoring an early goal for the Gunners.”

“Ipswich v Arsenal. Aug 20th 1977.
Paul Mariner is slide tackled by Richie Powling.”

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092 – Random 1970s Press Photo’s (part two)

Details below scans are from backslips.

“Football at Highbury. Arsenal v Derby.
F.A. Cup Fifth Round Replay.
G> Graham (Arsenal) and R. McFarland (Derby) in a duel for the ball.

“George Armstrong (Arsenal 13 Mar. ’72.”

“Football at Brisbane Road, Orient v Arsenal.
The Sixth Round of the F.A. Cup.
Alan Ball is hugged by team mates after he had given Arsenal the lead.

Arsenal v Man. City.
Brian Kidd tries a constables hat for size as he celebrates his second goal.”

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