Tag Archives: 1920s
Runner-up to Huddersfield in the League, then runners-up to Cardiff in the FA Cup, Chapman had elevated Arsenal to a team who were on the cusp of winning major honours. Today’s two scans come from ‘The Magnet Library’ in 1927 and ‘All Sports’ in 1928 and I’ve included them both as I think they give a good idea of exactly where we were on the eve of the 1930s, the second especially showing the change in policy at the club enacted by Chapman.
Finally, in 1927, we got to our first major cup final. Although it didn’t result in a win, as Tony Adams was to say (much) later it’s only by tasting defeat that you can enjoy the victories that will come. Two slightly different clips.
Today’s first scan is a press photo from the early 1920s. The back slip says:
“Boxers Entertain Arsenal Players.
The Arsenal players spent the day at High Beech where George Cook, the Austaralian heavyweight boxer, entertained them with his full training exhibition yesterday (Friday). Frank Wootten, ghe famous jockey, was also there.
Photo shows the team watching George Cook (on right) sparring with Albert Lloyd.”
Both boxers were from Australia and toured England and Europe fighting. They were both in England at various times between 1921 and 1923 when I’d presume the photo was taken. The jockey Wootton (the correct spelling) became the youngest ever champion jockey at age 16 in 1919, and won it for the next three years.
The Tom Webster cartoon was first published in 1923, this version being from an annual of his cartoons published in 1924.
Jock Rutherford is one of those names that many Arsenal fans recognise, but just as a name. In fact he was a true star of the age, and his signing in 1913 was a bit of a coup for the newly relegated Arsenal. He stayed at Arsenal until 1923 when he decamped for a brief spell as manager of Stoke City before returning to Arsenal a month later. He finally left Arsenal in 1926, setting a record that stands to this day for the oldest first team player at our club. His son (John) was also on Arsenal’s books at the same time, playing one game. The first scan is from ‘Sports Pictures’ magazine. Although the article below (from All Sports) has little about his career at Arsenal I think it’s a fascinating insight into what it was like to be a player then. I’ve also included an advert page from the same issue, as it features the ‘Arsenal Boot’.
All Sports was a popular weekly sports tabloid of the inter-war years. Featuring the mixture of reports, interviews and gossip that we know so well today, it was one of the best selling weeklies of the time. I’ve scanned a history piece from 1919 which clearly shows even then they knew where the history was to be found in London, and a couple of clips from the start of the next season purely because I like the pictures!