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120 – Tear up the Turf

In mid-June 2006, after all the other events at Highbury had taken place, I was lucky enough to get tickets for an o2 event called ‘Tear up the Turf’ where we not only got to play around on the pitch and stroll at will around the East Stand, but also got to take a square of pitch home. Surreal as that was, being accompanied by a quartet playing football chants in the middle of the pitch pushed it off the scale.

As the pitch was complete when we arrived, but not when we left, you could easily argue that this day was the very last football played on the pitch and to celebrate/commiserate that moment here are some photo’s I took that evening.





















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119 – The Final Salute

May 7th, 2006.

After over 2000 first team games, and more again of reserve and other matches, Highbury hosted it’s last ever football match. Below is a scan of the programme for the game and some of the photo’s I took.

















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118 – Highbury, my Highbury

Although I’m certainly no David Bailey, I took enough photo’s of Arsenal Stadium in it’s last couple of years to be able to pull out a few good ones. Hope you think so too!



















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113 – Random 1990s Press Photo’s

As usual, any backslip details are below the photo scan.

“27.4.91 : London.
Arsenal’s George Armstrong crosses the ball into the Liverpool penalty area during the Ray Kennedy benefit match at Highbury today. Armstrong, a famous winger in his time, played in the Arsenal double winning side of 1970/71.”

“21-09-98.
England and Arsenal player Tony Adams kicks off the start of the new Cox’s Apple season in London.”

“21-09-98.
England and Arsenal player Tony Adams kicks off the start of the new Cox’s Apple season in London.”

“Arsenal sign headless midfielder.”

“Arsene Wenger (Manager of Arsenal FC) 22 Sept. 96.”

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107 – The Defence

Quite possibly the best defensive unit in football at the time, George Graham forged the defence on the training pitch.

“25.3.91. Bisham Abbey.
Arsenal captain Tony Adams training with his international team-mates at Bisham Abbey today before Wednesday’s match against Ireland.”

“Football. Steve Bould. Arsenal FC.”

“Arsenal signing Lee Dixon. 9th March 1988.
New signing Lee Dixon makes his debut for Arsenal against Luton Town at Highbury last month.”

“Martin Keown (Arsenal FC) 10th Sept. ’95.”

“David Seaman (Arsenal FC and England) 6th Apr ’96.”

“Nigel Winterburn. Arsenal FC. 10-11-90.”

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106 – Random 1980s Press Photo’s (part three)

Last set of random 1980s scans, starting with a rather enjoyable penalty miss.

“London 20.2.88. Arsenal v Man Utd.
Arsenal fans celebrate as Manchester United’s Brian McClair (9) misses a crucial penalty in the fifth round FA Cup match at Highbury today.”

“25.2.89 Arsenal v Luton Town.
Referee John Deakin moves in to book Luton Town’s Mick Harford (2nd from right) for a foul, as Arsenal’s Tony Adams (3rd from right) sorts out harford’s dispute with Perry groves (left) during today’s First Division match at highbury, London. Arsenal won 2-0.”

“Football Team Group – League Champions Arsenal.
25 June ’89.”

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105 – Random 1980s Press Photo’s (part two)

Continuing from yesterday.

“London 14.12.85. Arsenal v Liverpool.
Arsenal’s teenager Niall “Mighty” Quinn (left) making his debut with the team, scores their 2nd goal during today’s Canon League Division One game with Liverpool at Highbury ground, London. Arsenal won 2-0.”

“An artist’s impression of how the interior of the JVC Indoor Training Centre at Arsenal Stadium could look.”

“London. 17.3.87. Soccer – Arsenal v Nottm. Forest.
Nottingham Forest defenders Chris Fairclough (left) and Des Walker (floored) are stranded as Arsenal’s Kenny Sansom follows through during an Arsenal attack in tonight’s First Division match at Highbury.”

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