Forward, Arsenal!

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GCR Books Limited, 2009 - Soccer - 238 pages
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This is a republication of Bernard Joy's 1953 Arsenal classic. Forward Arsenal was the first official history of Arsenal Football Club and covers the period from the Club's humble origins in Woolwich in 1886, their early struggles and decision to turn professional, their move to Highbury in 1913, the domination of English football in the 1930s under Herbert Chapman and George Allison and the post-war years under manager Tom Whittaker. The book ends with a review of the title winning season of 1952-53 and contains more than 30 pictures.
This is an excellent and informative read and something that every Arsenal supporter should possess.
 

Contents

ROYAL ARSENAL REDS CHAPTER PAGE 1 Origins
1
The Leading Club in the South
5
Early Struggles but Promotion Gained
10
Good Results Badly Supported
16
FROM WOOLWICH TO HIGHBURY 5 Enter a Soccer Czar
21
Desperate Days in the First Division
27
CHAPMAN AT THE HELM 7 Herbert Chapman Takes Over
33
Shaping New Tactics
42
The Bryn Jones Gamble
147
THE SECOND WORLD WARAND AFTER 20 The Ravages of War
152
Mercer and Rooke to the Rescue
161
Whittakers Triumph
167
TEAM BUILDING GOES ON CHAPTER PAGE 23 Luck and Pluck in the Cup
180
Still Forward
191
Arsenals Internationals and Tours Abroad
207
Behind the Scenes
215

Arsenal Get Alex Jamesand the Cup
66
The Record Season 193031
73
A Magnificent Failure
78
Competition Stiffens
85
Death of Herbert Chapman
92
Chapmans Greatness
97
TOP OF THE TREE 15 Ted Drakes Season
103
Arsenal Win Their Grimmest Final
110
The Changing Scene at Highbury
117
NeckandNeck Race with Wolves
141
APPENDIX PAGE i Records Held or Shared by Arsenal
220
Record in the F A Challenge Cup
221
Record in the Football League
228
Record in the Football Combination
229
International Honours
230
Football League Honours
232
Season 1952 3
233
About the Author
237
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