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110 – George Graham and Silverware

I’ve tried to somewhat avoid the scanning the obvious press photo’s of people lifting trophies but it seemed like a great way of summing up George Graham’s reign which was loaded with trophies, so here are some scans of trophies being lifted! Haven’t bothered with the backslips for these as they are pretty obvious and as this post is going for the obvious I’ve included a couple of scans of classic trophy winning goals as well.











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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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067 – Doncaster Rovers and Autographs

Keeping the slightly random nature of this series today’s scans are a couple of pictures from the visit of Doncaster Rovers to Highbury in the FA Cup, and also a scan of postcards that were sent out by the club to autograph hunters.

As always the backslip is copied below the photo.

“Arsenal played Doncaster Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup at Arsenal Stadium to-day.
Photo shows RT Little Jimmy Logie, Arsenal inside-right challenges the Doncaster keeper Hardwick for the ball, on left, Lishman, at Arsenal stadium to-day.”

“Arsenal played Doncaster Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup at Arsenal Stadium to-day.
Photo shows Lishman, Arsenal inside-left, scoring Arsenal’s first goal, with the goalkeeper, Hardwick, Doncaster Rovers, well beaten.”

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039 – Aston Villa 1 Ted Drake 7 (seven)

On the 14th December 1935 Arsenal travelled to Aston Villa for a league match. Ted Drake was suffering with a knee injury that would later need an operation and was a doubt for the game after a poor performance earlier in the week against Middlesbrough.

Villa’s defence was in poor form having already conceded 52 goals in 18 games, and this in part encouraged George Allison to take a risk on his number nine.

It was a risk that paid off handsomely. By half time Drake had a hat-trick. By the hour mark he had six. He then hit the bar and when he appealed to the ref that the ball had bounced over the line the referee told him he had six and not to be greedy. He was, and added a seventh goal shortly before time.

(Arsenal are in white)

As you can see from the next two scans Drake finally succumbed to his injury in the spring, and then faced a battle to get fit for the FA Cup Final.

Backslip reads:

“6.2.36. Arsenal Centre Forward in Hospital. Ted Drake, the Arsenal centre forward, is in the Royal Northern Hospital, Holloway Road, following injuries received while playing for England against Wales at Wolverhampton yesterday. Ted Drake, in bed, reading all about the match in hospital this morning.”

Backslip reads:

“29/2/36. Drake Leaves Hospital. Ted Drake, the Arsenal F.C. centre-forward, who had an operation for cartilage trouble two weeks ago, left the Royal Northern Hospital, London, to-day. He will be a spectator at this afternoon’s F.A. cup-tie match between Arsenal and Barnsley at Highbury, London, N.”

Drake then face a battle to be fit in time for the FA Cup Final and played with what was describes as the ‘biggest bandage in the world’ on his knee. Despite this, it was his goal in the 74th minute that brought the Cup back to Highbury. The media were banned from filming the game after a dispute over fees – originally offered £900 the FA wanted £1500 and when the broadcast companies refused to pay that the FA finally accepted the original offer. Sensing blood the broadcasters withdrew that offer and were only prepared to pay £500. The FA refused this and the only film of the match is from autogyros flying above the stadium, as you can see below.

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032 – 1930 FA Cup Final (part two)

Today’s scans are 3 items from after the final. Again sadly no details on the back of the press photo’s but they’re pretty self-explanatory.

The first one was the ‘homecoming’ when the team displayed the trophy at Islington Town Hall, something that would become a habit. The second one of the cup on display was, I believe, the window of the club’s official photographers of the day, Lambert and Jackson. The teamgroup was an insert in a programme early the next season and finally a clip of our opening game of the following season when the cup was carried round the pitch.




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031 – 1930 FA Cup Final (part one)

1930, and Arsenal win our first major trophy. The picture is of two fine men in their Cup Final shirts, then a clip of the semi’s and the final.


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028 – Very Good Seconds

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.


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026 – 1927 FA Cup Final

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.

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