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.”
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.”
Continuing the three part journey through Terry Neill’s Cup Finals. as always details below are from backslips but althought the third mentione Alan Sunderland it looks more like Graham Rix to me.
“Arsenal Ecstasy. May 12th 1979.
Wembley, London, Saturday.
Athletic embrace for Arsenal pair Liam Brady (left) and Alan Sunderland as they celebrate their 3-2 win over Manchester United as the final whistle ends this afternoon’s FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Both played major parts in the dramatic clash. Brady made all three Arsenal goals and Sunderland snatched the winner with just seconds to go.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“Frank Stapleton, the Arsenal centre forward, seen in action during the Arsenal v Norwich City match at Highbury.
“Coventry City v Arsenal. March 20, 1982.
Arsenal’s John Devine (left) and Coventry’s Mark Hately in action.”