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061 – 1949 Flamengo

A couple of magazine articles from 1949 today. Firstly a piece by Laurie Scott in Tit-Bits (dtd 01/04/1949) and then some on our tour match v Flamengo in Brazil (from Sports 10/06/1949 and Sports Reporter (18/07/1949) which was marred by fighting. As usual the English press got all high and mighty about foreign football, but possibly with some cause this time!







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060 – Old Boys and Behind the Scenes

Today we have a couple of magazine scans from 1948.

The first couple (from Picture Post dtd 10/04/1948) has one of my favourite Arsenal photo’s, showing a trio of old boys still supporting the team over half a century after playing. The rest (from Everybody’s dtd 20/11/1948) show a behind the scenes look at Highbury introduced by George Allison.








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059 – 1948 Arsenal Players’ Souvenir Brochure

After winning the title in 1948 a brochure was produced to raise funds for the players’ pool. Below are scans of some of the pages from that brochure.








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058 – Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris (part two)

Although obviously unplayable during the war years it didn’t take long for Arsenal and Racing Club de Paris to resume their annual matches. Originally played to raise money for those injured in World War I there was an added poignancy to these games now. The first set of scans below are from the French magazine Miroir Sprint dated 13/11/1946, the second set cover the England v France international held the next year at Highbury (Miroir Sprint dated 06/05/1947).










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057 – …and Peace

As you will have seen from the last post even during the war Arsenal were receiving invitations to play abroad, but when peace came to Europe there was one invitation the club felt it couldn’t refuse so on the 12th of August 1945 Arsenal faced The British Land Army in Dusseldorf. Below are a scan of the match programme, and a short clip of the game. I’ve had this clip up on youtube for a while and from comments received from relatives this match obviously meant an awful lot to the Army players and supporters.

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040 – 1930/40s Advertising

It’s easy to think of the use of footballers in adverts as a new thing, but it most certainly is not. Denis Compton advertising Brylcreem is well known but I thought I’d scan some adverts featuring Arsenal that appeared before that.



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