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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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083 – 1970 Fairs Cup and Europe

The Fairs Cup (or Inter-Cities Fairs Cup to give it it’s full title) was a tournament born in the 1950s to promote cities holding trade fairs. Rules of entry changed over the years from the original one city one team rule and it morphed into what is now the Europa League via the UEFA Cup.
After not lifting a trophy since 1953 though it could have been the World Cup the way the victory was treated on the night at Highbury, a 3-0 win overturning a 1-3 first leg defeat, and on a personal note for Frank McLintock he finally had a winners’ medal after 5 losing finals.

First scan is a great press photo from the semi, followed by the large postcard sized teamgroup card issued by the club (front and back). The rest are press photo’s of both the Fairs Cup final, and later European matches under Bertie. Where there is one backslips are copied below.

“The Flying Englishman!
April 8th 1970.
Dutchmen encountered a flying Englishman at London’s Arsenal Stadium tonight (Wednesday) during the European fairs Cup, semi-final first leg between Arsenal and Ajax of Amsterdam.
Arsenal player, Graham flies through the air, and seemingly pushes Ajax keeper Gerrit Bals in the chest, as he attempts to clear the ball. Looking on at the left is Ajax player Rudi Surrendonk.”

“Arsenal win European Fairs Cup.
London: Arsenal’s skipper Frank McLintock holds aloft the European Fairs Cup, surrounded by enthusiastic crowds, after Arsenal had defeated Anderlecht of Belgium 3-0 in the European Fairs Cup Final, 2nd leg at Highbury tonight, to become the third successive English club to win the European Fairs Cup soccer tournament. Arsenal, who led 1-0 at the interval, won the two-leg final tie 4-3 on aggregate.
28th April 1970.”

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052 – Random 1930s Photo’s (part two)

As usual if there’s a press slip on the back it’s quoted as is below the scanned photo.

Although there is no slip for the second photo, the dog is called Gunner and was the Arsenal mascot at the time.

“Too Chilly For Shorts?
Cold Days For Cup-Tie Training.
Alex James, famous Scottish International of the Arsenal Football Team who meet Newcastle United on Saturday week in the Fifth Round of the English Cup, discussing the merits of his new long training bags with George Male, the International right-back.”

“Football at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea v Arsenal.
Alex James scoring the Arsenal’s first goal, during the match this afternoon.”


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046 – Everybody, Achtung Arsenal

Two scans today from the start of the soon to be curtailed 1939/40 season. With war just around the corner football started as normal but the Football League as we know it was to last but a couple of matches before being suspended for the duration.

The first scan is of a cartoon of the team given away by Everybody Magazine, and the second, rather ironically but again showing Arsenal’s popularity around the continent, is from German football magazine ‘Der Kicker’ (03-09-1939).

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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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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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029 – Tom Whittaker’s Photographs (part one)

A little while back I was lucky enough to get hold of some of Tom Whittaker’s own photographs. Although some had suffered a bit of water damage today and tomorrow I’m going to post a few of them. Sadly hardly any of them have any details on the back but where there are I’ve posted them as well.

The first photo is of the England tour to Australia in 1925. Rather a poignant photo as it was during this tour he received the injury that finished him as a player. The next photo rather speaks for itself, then the third is a rare photo taken inside the boardroom. Below that is a photo of Tom and Eddie Hapgood in what appears to be a photo to be used as an advert for the Danish paper featured. The last photo shows Tom in probably his best known role, as physio extraordinaire, always ready to use the latest equipment.

Part two tomorrow.

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