Making the Arsenal
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By Tony Attwood
Published 30 October 2009
In 1910 the financially impoverished Woolwich
Arsenal FC were taken over by Henry Norris, who at the time was also Chairman
of second division Fulham.
This much, and Norris’ attempt to merge the
two clubs, is well known and well documented.
Indeed Arsenal fans have every reason to feel grateful to Henry Norris
for it was he who took the Gunners to Highbury, who fought for justice for Arsenal
in the match-fixing scandals of the pre-war years, and who established the
modern Arsenal under Herbert Chapman.
But what has never been clear is why Henry
Norris bought Woolwich Arsenal in the first place. There was no financial advantage, no
footballing advantage (the club were on the verge of relegation from the First
Division when Norris took over) and indeed, no other benefit to Norris that is
obvious to the modern eye.
“Making the Arsenal” is the first ever book which aims to explore what happened to this
world-famous football club one hundred years ago, as it tells the tale of one
journalist’s attempt to find out exactly what Henry Norris was up to- and why.
Set firmly amidst the contemporary events
of the 1910 miners’ strikes, the spy paranoia, Dr Crippen, the anarchist threat
and the violence surrounding the Suffragette movement, Jacko Jones uses his
position at the Daily Chronicle to untangle and finally expose the
extraordinary events that surrounded the birth of the modern Arsenal FC.
Tony Attwood is an Arsenal season ticket holder, the Committee Member of Arsenal Independent Supporters Association
responsible for Arsenal History, and a contributor to both Highbury High and
the Arsenal Player Database on Arsenal.com. He is also the editor of the daily blog, Untold Arsenal which can be found at www.blog.emiratesstadium.info
Cat No: 978 1 86083 759 3