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Clearing The Bar

The evening after the day before has arrived and the thundersnow has not made it anywhere remotely close to ‘holic Towers. The predictive text really wanted ‘colic to appear there which is particularly apt today given that so many babies on social media are suffering with it. If you will forgive the me, me, me […]

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When you have seen as many Christmas fixtures as those of us who have left our teen years long behind, then you will have seen many that leave an imprint on your life. Who knows, you might be attending your first match against West Brom this Boxing Day and the 8-5 victory will never leave […]

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Too early for a preview, but I can’t take three nights off this side of a Christmas when I may well be conspicuous by my absence. I ask mates for their suggestions for a post. The creative juices were clearly flowing. Picture this strapping Welsh lad suggest in that oh so lovely brogue “Try a […]

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Farewell To The Don

Don Howe tackles George Best at Highbury. News of the passing of the former Arsenal player, coach, and manager, Don Howe, will have saddened many who have long supported the club and understand his importance to the history of the Arsenal. Yes, the Arsenal. for that is how Don always referred to the club. Born […]

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Once again the break in proceedings has led to our very own North Bank Ned to unsheathe his mighty quill for another look back into all our yesterdays. Once again I am indebted to him for his contribution. Cheers Ned. The Emirates, idly unused while some international nonsense interrupts the season, is Arsenal’s sixth ground. […]

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The arrival of the sixties coincided with my earliest memories of watching what was already the only team for me (thanks Dad). The Irish influence was increasing. One of those vying for the goalkeeping role was Lurgan born Jack McClelland but after four years, and just 46 appearances, Jack was sold to Fulham. He did accrue […]

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What seems to be a day (well afternoon and evening anyway) of Irish sport has prompted memories of times when Arsenal sides were reliant upon their Irish stars. Their contribution to Arsenal’s history is significant, and the team I followed over land and sea (and yes, even Leicester!) would not have reached four Cup Finals […]

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Another Ned classic, for which I am enormously grateful. The one reason why I wish I was around, and a Gooner, three years prior to the arrival of ‘holicdad. My Pop must have been spitting feathers. Thanks Ned, you are a star. Regular sufferers of these histories may remember that I said at the tail […]

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It is a joy to put Ned’s late offering in front of you. He looks back to an astonishing season when Arsenal, yet to win a major trophy, came closer than most in the twentieth century at that point to a double. Certainly it was closer than any southern team had come, and we would […]

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Once more it is time for one of ours to reveal his hitherto hidden talents with a guest blog. Gunner1948 has been kind enough to pen a piece about Arsenal’s elevation to the top flight after the First World War. Thank you very much for your contribution, young man! Enjoy, all. On April 24th, 2015, […]

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