Throughout Arsenal’s history there have been a succession of players who also played cricket, the most famous being Denis Compton. An earlier one was H.T.W. (Wally) Hardinge who joined Arsenal when we moved to Highbury. Sadly his football career was interupted by the Great War He gave up playing football in 1921 and went into coaching but continued playing cricket for Kent as a free scoring batsman and slow left arm bowler.
"Hardinge, The Woolwich Arsenal footballer, taken in 1913"
Before we move on to Highbury a little clip of us playing at The Manor Ground before the move. This game was played on 02/09/1911.
Title sound confusing? Well this teamgroup was published by Boys Own in 1910. The trouble is it’s not a (then) current teamgroup as it is a copy of a picture that appeared in Black and White magazine in March 1907. However, one thing that the Boys Own version does that the other doesn’t is fit on a regular scanner so that’s the one you’re getting!
Although there has only been an official ‘Arsenal in the Community’ department for 25 years or so the charitable side of the club was there from the start – indeed one of the earliest AGM’s reacted with great delight when told of monies raised. These scans are from The Daily Sketch dated 28-12-1909.
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…”.
Today’s scan comes from a magazine put out at the start of the 1906/07 season listing all the players at all the division 1 clubs (or League 1 as it was called).
Yup – you read the score right. A visiting team made up of players from a few different French clubs got a right tonking. Interestingly their goal was scored by the Arsenal reserve Hodges, who was playing for the French as they were a man short. The first two images are scans of postcards released at the time of cartoons from local paper the Kentish Independant which were reprinted a while back by Islington Libraries. The third is from a series of football postcards issued at the time.