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So on Saturday lunchtime we are off to Anfield for what has traditionally been one of the big fixtures of the season, and one that would appear to have become a barometer of our title winning credentials in modern times. Indeed in all thirteen successful campaigns we have won at Anfield no fewer than nine […]

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Seeing the FA Cup draw pitting us against Coventry got me thinking about meetings between the sides in the past. The first one I have memories of was I believe in the late sixties. The Sky Blues centre-forward, Neil Martin, a Scottish international, was put clean through behind the defence. As he bore down on […]

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My earliest memories of watching Arsenal included an all action winger, diminutive in stature, but who could ride the roughest challenges, and who never stopped running. George Armstrong had a work ethic beyond most. Full-backs loved having his constant support, strikers thrived on his accurate delivery into the box. There were matches when he seemed […]

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I have something of a connection with our youngest supporters of today. Rewind to 1968 and Arsenal reached the League Cup Final. The eleven year old ‘holic was looking forward to watching his team win something for the first time. “Sorry son, we’re moving that weekend. We’ll be back again before long.” Fortunately, as it […]

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I have to confess to having been brought down to earth by the news of Geoff Strong’s passing. Regulars will know my first idol was Joe Baker, but Joe’s partner in the Arsenal attack of the early sixties was a slender but powerful Geordie who also had an eye for goal. Geoff, who had battled […]

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On the anniversary of one the great nights in Arsenal history I am indebted to Take A Bow Son for this evocative piece. What were you doing the night St Michael etched his name in Gooner history? Thanks TaBS, it is a fabulous piece. It was a question designed to engender panic. It worked. The […]

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It is another of my old Arsenal-Land pieces that kicks off the close season, with thanks to Darren as usual. This appreciation of Highbury was originally penned in the week leading up to the Farewell to Highbury fixture against Wigan Athletic, relived by so many in the weekend just gone. It is my intention to […]

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1998 Remembered

Another piece reproduced from my days writing for Arsenal-Land with thanks again to Darren. I was tempted to keep this piece back for another occasion, but with the benefit of hindsight it is not one to hold back for any reason. I have to confess I would rewrite it, and probably will at some future […]

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I’m looking on jealously as a number of you prepare to journey to Munich for Wednesday’s Champions League fixture. The grey cells flicker dimly as I recall my first venture into Europe following the Arsenal. In the sixties and seventies the novelty of European competition was restricted to home legs for me. That all changed […]

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It seems a good time to remind people that Arsenal once went 44 years without winning a major trophy. That included a seventeen year blank after moving to a larger stadium. It came after Herbert Chapman, rightly now revered, had gone five years without delivering the trophy Arsenal supporters craved. A piece I originally penned […]

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