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The international break is well and truly upon us. No real football for another eleven days as I type, and then Liverpool come to the Grove for a match that could have a massive bearing on the end of season placings. So I thought I would look at some of the players who wore the […]

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Beat Your Neighbour

The North London derby. A match that has changed in significance to the outside world in the Premiership years. Somewhat surprisingly for this fossil it also seems to be a fixture that doesn’t retain it’s rating among some of our younger fans, a few of whom look more towards the Chelsea fixtures. For the uninitiated […]

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I have to say I am indebted to our very own North Bank Ned for tonight’s guest post. Ned looks back to Arsenal’s first golden era and our first ever meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. I know ‘holicdad would have approved too. He […]

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Jon Sammels Remembered

Three points secured the previous day, the clocks have gone back so it is dark early. What do you do on the longest Sunday evening for six months? This Gooner reached for the dvd of our first double season, 1970-71. The triumphs that season were made all the more remarkable by the fact that the […]

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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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