Highbury: The Story of Arsenal in N. 5

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After several years of sitting in Highbury's local pubs and cafes with a Dictaphone, Jon Spurling has pooled hours of interviews with fans, program sellers, local publicans, and even those who dug the foundations of the Laundry End and later cleared rubbish from its terraces, to meticulously construct the biography of the ground and chart the ups and downs of one of England's greatest league clubs. Spurling has also spoken to numerous players—the late greats of yesteryear such as Ted Drake, George Male, and Reg ...
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Overview

After several years of sitting in Highbury's local pubs and cafes with a Dictaphone, Jon Spurling has pooled hours of interviews with fans, program sellers, local publicans, and even those who dug the foundations of the Laundry End and later cleared rubbish from its terraces, to meticulously construct the biography of the ground and chart the ups and downs of one of England's greatest league clubs. Spurling has also spoken to numerous players—the late greats of yesteryear such as Ted Drake, George Male, and Reg Lewis, as well as legends of a more recent vintage, from Bob Wilson and Charlie George to Edu and Patrick Vieira. In the season that Arsenal finally move to Ashburton Grove, Jon Spurling has produced the definitive account of the club's 93 years at Highbury.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752873442
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
The Beginning 3
Interlopers
Annoying the Neighbours (1)
Settling In
The First Match
The Totts
Arsenal's First Superstar
1930s 31
What Chapman Did For Highbury
Confessions: The Builders
The Taj Mahal
'Wee Alec'
The Saddest Match
The Battle Of Highbury
'Time To Meet The Boys'
Boo Boys: Bryn Jones
Confessions: The Terrace Sweeper; The Programme Seller
On The Silver Screen
1940s 71
Bombed Out
Where's My Football?
'There's Women In Our Places'
Cult Heroes: Joe Mercer
1950s 87
Shedding Light
By The Skin Of Their Teeth
The Babes Are Back In Town
1960s 101
Empty Spaces
The Greatest
A Tale Of Two Ends
Bending The Rules
Confessions: The Troubleshooter; The Band Member
Cockney Rebels
1970s 123
Rebirth
No Half Measures
Head First
Forgotten Hero
The Cult Of Charlie George
Cult Heroes: Terry Mancini
Hammers And Tongs
Without Prejudice? (1)
Getting Connected
Cult Heroes: Willie Young
A Feckin' Genius
1980s 167
Gladiators
The Transistor Match
Boo Boys: The H Bums
More Than Just A Game
Cult Heroes: Vladimir Petrovic
The Tao Of Bonnie Prince Charlie
The Arsenal Action Group
Cult Heroes: The Mascot; The 'Make Money' Girl
'Go Out And Be The Arsenal'
Cult Heroes: Perry Groves
Sticks And Stones
Confessions: The Fanzine Editors
Corporate Identity
Everything Changes
1990s 217
Fin de Regime
The Best Of Times
The Worst Of Times
Sayonara North Bank
Annoying the Neighbours (2)
The Dog's Bollocks?
Cult Heroes: Anders Limpar
The Twilight Zone
Cardiac Arrest
A Bergkamp Wonderland
Demolition Derby
Just Done It
Taming The Mancs
A Beautiful Day
Annoying The Neighbours (3)
Weird Science
Remembering Rocky
The Noughties 283
Va Va Voom (1)
Signed, Sealed, And Delivered
Annoying the Neighbours (4)
Confessions: The Lawyer; The Tout; The Groundsman; The Commissionaire
Smelling Silver Polish
Va Va Voom (2)
Power Shift
The Invincibles?
Cult Heroes: Ray Parlour
Foreign Legion
Waking Up The Library
Without Prejudice? (2)
Mixed Emotions
Acknowledgements 339
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