Tag Archives: 1900s

017 – Clock End pre-Clock End

As much is often said about how we moved to Highbury to play on what had been the sports field of St John’s Hall (Highbury College of Divinity) I thought it might be interesting to show some scans of postcards of what the original College buildings looked like. They were situated on the hill above where Highbury is and were demolished after being burnt down in 1946, which is when the current buildings were begun.




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016 – 1910 Boy’s Own Teamgroup from 1907

Title sound confusing? Well this teamgroup was published by Boys Own in 1910. The trouble is it’s not a (then) current teamgroup as it is a copy of a picture that appeared in Black and White magazine in March 1907. However, one thing that the Boys Own version does that the other doesn’t is fit on a regular scanner so that’s the one you’re getting!

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015 – Arsenal in the Community 1909

Although there has only been an official ‘Arsenal in the Community’ department for 25 years or so the charitable side of the club was there from the start – indeed one of the earliest AGM’s reacted with great delight when told of monies raised. These scans are from The Daily Sketch dated 28-12-1909.


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013 – 1906/07 Team

Today’s scan comes from a magazine put out at the start of the 1906/07 season listing all the players at all the division 1 clubs (or League 1 as it was called).

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012 – The Book of Football

The Book of Football was first published in magazine ‘partworks’ in 1905 and 1906 and featured virtually every football team of the day, including both association and rugby football. Below are scans of the pages featuring Arsenal.






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011 – Woolwich Arsenal 26 France 1

Yup – you read the score right. A visiting team made up of players from a few different French clubs got a right tonking. Interestingly their goal was scored by the Arsenal reserve Hodges, who was playing for the French as they were a man short. The first two images are scans of postcards released at the time of cartoons from local paper the Kentish Independant which were reprinted a while back by Islington Libraries. The third is from a series of football postcards issued at the time.



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010 – CB Fry magazine, 1904

I think this is a bit of a treat. Following on from the last post and an old clip of training here’s an article, in full, from CB Fry’s magazine. One of the greatest sportsmen of his age, CB Fry’s magazine was one of the very few doing in depth articles on sports clubs of the time and this article goes behind the scenes at Woolwich Arsenal for pre-season training and also has interest for details of ground development.









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