Tag Archives: 1970s

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.
29.3.1979.”

“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.
19/10/74.”

“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.
29/2/72.”

“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.
18/3/72.”



“24.8.74.
Arsenal v Man. City.
Brian Kidd tries a constables hat for size as he celebrates his second goal.”

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091 – Random 1970s Press Photo’s (part one)

As usual, any backslip details copied below the scans.

“Arsenal v Chelsea Jan 18 1970.
Hands go up to appeal for offside but Chelsea players need not have bothered. Arsenal’s Sammels missed the cross. Behind Sammels ( l to r) is Harris, Webb and Bonetti.”

“Arsenal v Sunderland 28th Feb ’70.
Sunderland goalkeeper Montgommery punches away from Kennedy, the Arsenal scorer, to quell another attack.”

“Feb. 1972
Hector (Derby) tangles with McLintock (Arsenal).”

“Football at Reading. Reading v Arsenal Fourth Round of the F.A. Cup.
It’s there. Pat Rice (right) gives a shout of triumph after he had scored Arsenal’s winner today. Other Arsenal players are (left to right) Ball, Nelson, McLintock and George.”

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090 – Arsenal’s London Irish

In the mid/late 1970s it was almost as though Highbury became an outpost for the Emerald Isle. Whilst slightly more dubious in his Irishness than the others, even Terry Mancini got in on the act. The scans below, although out of sync, celebrate that connection with backslip details copied below.

“September 6th 1982.
Arsenal’s manager Terry Neill at Highbury at the beginning of the 1982/83 season.”


“‘Veteran’ Jennings Still Keeps The out.
April 25th 1983.”


“Long Serving Defender.
July 24th 1980.
Pat Rice, Arsenal’s long serving defender and club captain. A Northern Ireland international, he began his career as an apprentice in 1964.”


“All Square at Highbury.
10.2.79.
Arsenal’s Sammy Nelson, Northern Ireland full back, gets in a cross during the action at Highbury today despite the attempts of Middlesborough defender John Craggs. A dour battle ended in a goalless draw.”


“David O’Leary out jumps Mark Wallington (keeper) to score his second goal.”


“Football at Highbury: Arsenal v IFK Gothenburg.
European Cup Winners Cup Quarter Final – 1st leg.
Liam Brady turns away in triumph after scoring Arsenal’s forth goal during their game against Gothenburg.
5-3-1980”


“Frank Stapleton, the Arsenal centre forward, seen in action during the Arsenal v Norwich City match at Highbury.
22/12/79.”


“Coventry City v Arsenal. March 20, 1982.
Arsenal’s John Devine (left) and Coventry’s Mark Hately in action.”

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089 – Heading for Arsenal (part two)

Continued from yesterday.

















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088 – Heading for Arsenal (part one)

Today and tomorrow I will be posting scans of a booklet Arsenal published in the early 1970s for prospective youth players. Some of the apprentices featured in the booklet would go on to become extremely well known.



















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086 – In 1971 they really were being bought for the articles

There’s an old line about gentlemen excusing their purchase of top shelf magazines by saying they were only buying them for the articles.

Maybe there is some truth in that, and so today’s scans are two articles from Parade in 1971. Also, as the second article features Bob McNab, I’ve added a later press photo from his appearance in ‘On the Buses’.



“Bob McNab Turns Actor.
Arsenal football star Bob McNab, pictured here is a track suit, has taken time out to make his acting debut. Bob appeared in an episode of the TV comedy series “On The Buses”, as the star performer in the bus depot football team. Bob is rehearsing with star of the show, comedian Reg Varney, who plays Stan the bus driver – and obviously prefers knee-length “shorts”.
6th march 1973.”

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085 – 1971 and Bertie’s Arsenal Win the Double

Today some scans of press photo’s from the 1971 double. Strangely none have backslips but I think they’re pretty self explanatory.








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084 – Inside the Gunners 1971

In the days when player’s wages seemed far more realistic it was common for the players of teams getting to the Cup Final to issue something to earn them a bit more money. To put it into context Bob Wilson told me he earned around £17,000 for the double season, although he did point out he bought a house for £26,500 around then.

In 1971 the players got some extra from a booklet called ‘Inside the Gunners’, and today’s scans are some of the pages from that booklet, including a player’s wives and girlfriends page.














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