Wenger v Chapman: Arsenal’s Best Eras Compared

It’s been a great achievement for Arsène Wenger to keep Arsenal in the top 4 every year for 20 years. Just saying that upfront so I’m not accused of ignoring it. I keep seeing the chart comparing Arsène’s 20 years of finishing positions with the previous 20 years, and naturally the Wenger years look better…

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History of the Arsenal Programme – 1978-79 Season

By the start of the 1978-79 season it had been seven full years since any Arsenal silverware, but the Chairman’s mood in the first programme of the season, home to Leeds, was optimistic. Arsenal had been FA Cup finalists and League Cup semi-finalists and had finished fifth in Division One a couple of months earlier…

History of the Arsenal Programme – Season 1977-78

Continuing my potted history of Arsenal through the medium of the match programme, we reach 1977-78.  It’s fair to say that the 1977-78 was not a particularly vintage year for the Arsenal programme. It appeared the editor thought he’d seen enough change in recent seasons, so stuck with almost exactly the same format as 1976-77.…

English Football’s Longest Bans

(Updated and reposted 15 November 2016; last update: 26 April 2017) 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…