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035 – Death of the Emperor

The world of football was shocked by the sudden death of Herbert Chapman from pneumonia on January 6th, 1934. He had spent the first couple of days of January scouting matches in the North and returned to London with a heavy cold. Against doctor’s orders he then went to see the Arsenal third team play and was soon after taken ill, after which he quickly succumbed at his home.

The first scan is from The Times, announcing his death.

The second scan is dated the 6th of September, 1933 and I’ve included it to show how forward thinking he was. The back slip reads:

“Instructional soccer classes for boys, organised by the Corinthians F.C., opened today at the Arsenal F.C. ground at Highbury, London, N.

Photo shows:- Mr. Herbert Chapman (Arsenal manager) and Mr. G.N. Foster (of the famous International group of brothers), two of the prime movers in the great movement.”

According to an article in The Times (02/09) the classes ran from the 6th to the 21st of September and consisted of eighty-two boys who would do three two hour periods each day in classes of eight. Herbert Chapman and Charles Paynter (from the Corinthians) prepared the programme and the coaches included virtually the whole Arsenal team and coaching staff.

Finally, I thought it appropriate to show the teamgroup for that season which was to be the great man’s last team (one of a series of teamgroups given away by The Sunday Post) that he left half-way through a hat-trick of titles.



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034 – Opening of the West Stand

In 1932 the first part of Chapman’s plan to make Highbury the most opulent ground in football was well underway with the completion of the West Stand. Today’s scans are from the brochure handed out to mark the occasion. Particularly interesting is the picture on the back page showing the new stand with the original Archibald Leitch East Stand opposite.

(just for the record this is a scan of a reproduction of the brochure as the original I have is heavily creased)





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033 – Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris (part one)

In 1930 Arsenal started playing a series of matches against Racing Club de Paris which carried on until 1962. The matches, apparently a joint idea of our manager Herbert Chapman and their manager Jean Bernard-Levy, were intended to raise money for the veterans of the First World War and the games were played on or near Armistice Day. Today’s scans are from a French magazine called ‘Match’ and show how they reported the matches in 1930, 1931 and 1933, and also gives you a chance to brush up on that ‘O’ level French…









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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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025 – Here Comes Herbert

In the summer of 1925 Herbert Chapman took over as Arsenal’s new Manager. Using All Sports magazine again I thought it would be interesting to show a few scans over the summer to show what the general feeling may have been at the time. The photo of him I’ve scanned is from 1925 as well.









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022 – Leslie Knighton’s team

As most will no doubt know Leslie Knighton was Arsenal’s manager immediately prior to Herbert Chapman. An interesting, open and popular man in football I’ve scanned an interview with him from Football Favourites magazine, and also a scan of a postcard of the 1920/21 teamgroup.


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014 – 1907/08

3 scans for you today.

The first is a postcard teamgroup showing the rather impressive looking London League Shield. Second is a page from Bystander magazine showing the splendidly behatted Christmas crowd at Arsenal. The third one, from the Northampton Daily Chronicle (04-05-1908) whilst not directly affecting Arsenal at the time, is something I’d call ‘Meanwhile, in Northampton…”.



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