“Arsenal Players Train for cup-tie. March 4th 1952.
Arsenal players in a game of ‘header tennis’ at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, as they train to-day (Tuesday) for next Saturday’s sixth round F.A. Cup tie against Luton. Left to right are Lishman, inside-left; Swindin, goalkeeper; and Daniel, centre-half.”
“Arsenal v Manchester City at Highbury 19/9/52.
Tommy Lawton coming out on to the field for his first game against Manchester City at Highbury today.”
“Arsenal Players Report for Training July 27th 1954.
A few words of wisdom from Arsenal Football Club manager Tom Whittaker (front, left) as he welcomes the players outside their Highbury ground today (Tuesday) at the start of their first training perios for the coming season. The footballers are changed ready for a session of road work.”
Lots of words recently, so the next couple of days I’ll just be putting up some scans of 1950s press photo’s. As always the backslip is copied below the scan.
“D.Compton in action at Highbury January 21st 1950.
Denis Compton, Arsenal outside-left – making his first appearance in the Arsenal first eleven since last April – trying for goal in the match against Bolton Wanderers at Highbury, London to-day (Saturday).”
“Problem Boy Steps Out – Arsenal give Don Roper final test 03.03.50.
Don Roper, Arsenal’s only doubtful starter against Leeds United tomorrow, went through another stiff test today at Highbury, to decide whether his pulled thigh muscle has recovered sufficiently for him to stand the strain of such an important match.
Photo shows Arsenal centre-forward, Don Roper, chatting to Tom Whittaker (Manager) and Billy Milne (trainer) after his final test, in which he was found fit to play in tomorrow’s Cup-tie match.”
“Happy day for ‘Happiest Days’ cast March 16th 1950.
Visitors to Highbury, London, today (Thursday) were members of the cast of the film ‘The Happiest Days of Your Life’, who turned out to watch Arsenal practice for their FA Cup semi-final match against Chelsea at T*tt*nh*m, London, on Saturday.
Picture shows: Guy Middleton, who played the sports master in the film ‘The Happiest Days of Your Life’, and two Kensington (London) schoolboys who appeared in the picture, watching Arsenal’s Denis Compton taking a throw-in during the practice at Highbury, London today.”
Elliman were an interesting company. Originally a family drapery business they started producing their emrocation in the mid 1800s for animal use and within a couple of years produced one for humans as well. Both proved very popular, so popular that the drapery side of the business was soon closed down. Amusingly both the animal and human versions were actually the very same thing!
What really made Elliman different was that they spent half their profits on marketing, and this proved remarkably successful. One part of their marketing was to produce, more or less annually, their Handbook of Physical Fitness. From the early 1930s this featured a section by our own Tom Whittaker giving advice on training which I thought was interesting as this explains some of the methods he no doubt used with Arsenal.
The scans below are from the 1937 publication.
It’s easy to think of the use of footballers in adverts as a new thing, but it most certainly is not. Denis Compton advertising Brylcreem is well known but I thought I’d scan some adverts featuring Arsenal that appeared before that.