The Arsenal FC story is the first in the First Football Histories series of books from The Football Ground - available in hard copy and digital formats - featuring concise histories of football clubs, competitions and countries. Each title is revised and updated at the end of every football season.
The books aim to tell the key football stories, including brief geographies of the places concerned, as well as major, global historical events that were taking place at the same time.
This book is not intended to be a comprehensive history of Arsenal FC from training ground to trophy cabinet. It is written as a story for the fans - a narrative of characters, scenes and events that provides an introduction to some key moments in the club's history; from their humble origins in Woolwich as 'Dial Square' in 1886 to its status as one of the English Premier League's leading clubs.
It is hoped that, as the flow of history weaves its way in and out of times and places, readers will step off at different points and explore more about football clubs, competitions, countries and players for themselves - as well as the general social and political history providing the backdrop to each tale.
There is from the very beginning a distinctly Scottish theme running throughout this particular story and, in football history, there are numerous reports of club rivalries and key matches between them: some clubs just seem to cross each other's paths more than others.
In the Arsenal story local rivals such as Chelsea, Millwall and, of course, Tottenham Hotspur, feature a lot; but so do teams from the North such as Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle United.
In weaving together an overall picture of the history of football, the Arsenal story therefore becomes a key part of other clubs' records.
The club we now know simply as 'Arsenal' grew out of a set of unpromising conditions - geographically, politically and financially - and has always had to fight to survive, as well as being prepared to take risks.
Football history shows that a backbone of steel runs through the club - sheer determination not to be beaten on or off the pitch - in order to challenge the rules that others created. Arsenal were never content to just 'fit in.'
The team that used to train on the stones and muddy craters of Plumstead Common has become known for its silky skills and stylish football as displayed on the lush pitch at the all-seater Emirates Stadium. However, there are many moments when the club could have lost its way altogether.
With their pioneering approach being coupled to the insight and imagination of a few key individuals along the way, the club has made the long journey from an armaments factory in South-East London to the entertaining of millions of football fans worldwide: a truly global brand.
Easily-affordable, these books make ideal introductions to football history for new football fans and older fans wanting to quickly check their facts.
These books are independent, unofficial football histories and are not endorsed, authorised, licensed or in any other way approved by any club or other third-party.
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About the Author
He is a an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and a Member of both the the Historical Society and the Association of Football Statisticians.
He has been obsessed with football since watching England win the 1966 World Cup on the family's black and white television with his father and grandfather who generally didn't 'get on' and for whom only football was a shared and happy experience.
As a child he learned a lot about Geography, Mathematics and History just from following football: Geography because he wanted to know where clubs like Newport County or Port Vale were located as they didn't appear to be on the coast of Great Britain; Maths through hours spent in calculating goal average and working out prospective points totals from games remaining, and History because he always wanted to know where people and places had come from.
To this end, he has set up a company called The Football Ground, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Burwell Web Communications, which specialises in creating and curating football content. He hopes to help children and young adults who love football to learn so much more from it, as he once did.