What is ‘The Arsenal Way’?

There’s a page on the Arsenal website called ‘The Arsenal Way’. But what is that exactly? Most fans would say it’s to do with the standards of behaviour Arsenal upheld from the time that Herbert Chapman turned Arsenal into the biggest club in the world in the 1930s. Arsenal gained a reputation for doing things…

How to use rainwater to flush a toilet

I thought I’d try and lower our water consumption by converting the downstairs toilet to flush using rainwater. This description might help anyone else who wants to try the same thing. (NB: there is nothing about football in this post. Not a single mention after this: #KroenkeOut.)  In principle it’s fairly simple:• Set up a…

The 2022 Free Agents’ XI Is Full of Talent

The list of players available as free agents in the summer of 2022 is full of world-class talent. In fact, it might be correct to state that there have never been so many top players available on a free transfer before. This means that top European clubs will have to start negotiations with their superstars…

Arsenal’s List of Honours, or What is a trophy?

A few years ago, around the 20th anniversary of Arsène Wenger becoming Arsenal manager, the BBC proclaimed that Arsène had won 15 trophies in his 20 years. By any logical counting method, that’s nonsense. They’ve clearly included the three Premier Leagues and six FA Cups, then added six Charity/Community Shields on. But what about the…

Arsène Wenger, What On Earth Are You Talking About?

A clip of Richard Keys interviewing Arsène Wenger has been doing the rounds. In the space of four minutes Arsène makes several bizarre claims about Arsenal’s finances both while he was manager and now. Naturally Richard Keys does not challenge any of Arsène’s blatantly untrue claims, because he knows absolutely nothing about the subject on…

English Football’s Longest Bans

A comprehensive list, in descending order of sentence. Jimmy Gauld (ex-player, most recently for Mansfield Town), David Layne, Peter Swan and Tony Kay (all Sheff Weds at the time of the offences), plus others: all banned for life and given varying prison sentences for betting on their own team to lose and match fixing between…

Competitive Trophy Wins In English Football

On most criteria there are only three really big clubs in English football. These are clubs who have lived almost permanently in the top division for the last century, they’ve all done the Double (three times each for a couple of them), have had many legendary managers and players, and don’t usually go too long…