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The Finest Margin

During the post war years, Arsenal tried grimly to cling onto the dominance they had brought about in the 1930s, but in truth, the intervening war years had prevented them from rebuilding the team in a smooth transition. The walnut now required a sledgehammer. The Gunners did dine at the top table of English football, winning the league in 1947-48 and winning the F.A. Cup in 1950 with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Wembley, but their place at the top table was no longer on permanent reserve. The 1951-52 season had been a heart breaking one for the Gunners, they were in the title race until the final day of the season, albeit in unfavourable circumstances. They had to win by seven clear goals at Old Trafford to claim the league and were instead turned over 6-1 in a humiliating reverse. One week later, in the 1952 F.A. Cup Final, they were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United. There were no substitutes in the 1950s, so when Arsenal had four separate players injured on a boggy Wembley pitch (thank goodness such problems don`t persist at modern day Wembley) and finished the match with 7 men, you knew it wasn`t going to be their day.

The disappointment of 1952`s double bypass spilled over into the beginning of the following season. Despite beginning with consecutive 2-1 victories at Villa Park and at home to Manchester United, inconsistency set in as a new look side struggled to gel. Jack Kelsey was playing his first season as Arsenal`s first choice keeper and he looked nervous initially behind a defence that lacked understanding. Indeed, it was only the inspirational leadership of the 38 year old Joe Mercer that was adhesive enough to keep the back line together. Further forwards, Doug Lisham and Cliff Holton- a battering ram centre forward happily converted from right back- were fine players but struggled to fit into Arsenal`s long established system of having one strong centre forward, in the mould of Drake or Rooke, flanked by two nimbler wide forwards- such as Bastin and Crayston. Part of Arsenal`s psychological issue was that the team was still very much moulded into Chapman`s WM formation, but by now no players existed from the Chapman era. But there were plenty of supporters who had witnessed the great side of the 30s in the flesh, so Whittaker`s side could not escape comparisons which weighed heavy. Jimmy Logie appeared to be the only player that flourished for the entire season; ironically the barometer of comparison was rather kinder to him. In 1938, the Gunners splashed out a world record £14,000 on Bryn Jones to replace Alex James. Jones was crushed by the expectation and shipped out in favour of Logie. Logie was the replacement for one of the bigger flops in Arsenal`s history. In their first ten games, Arsenal won four, drew three and lost three, finding themselves wedged into 7th place after a toothless 2-0 defeat at the Baseball Ground to Derby County. The Gunners appeared destined to tread water in such league territory for the entire season.

On 1st November, a 2-0 away defeat at title challengers West Brom looked to have effectively ended any interest the side had in the title race. Preston, Wolves and West Brom were involved in a three way wrangle for supremacy as Arsenal glibly looked on. The post war good will period had evaporated with the supporters and men accustomed to watching the likes of James, Bastin and Drake crush opponents week after week became crotchety and impatient. Howls of derision were heard at many home games, which frustrated the players, they felt their own support were a direct impediment to the team. (Though it is worth noting that Arsenal won 15 of their 21 home games that season, which was largely responsible for their title success). The players snapped after defender Peter Goring was confronted by a drunken fan following a 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland in January, causing an anonymous player to tell a Daily Mail journalist that the team were "Ashamed of the supporters, who we consider to be the most unsporting lot in the country." The fan had apparently raged that he had seen the team of the 30s and that none of this side were fit to lick their boots. However, in goalscoring terms, this team certainly was comparable to the lofty standards of Chapman`s behemoths, registering 97 times during the season. Cliff Holton notched 19 of those with his physical frame upfront, whilst Doug Lishman scored 22 goals in 29 games as Arsenal began to find their feet around Christmas time. With Jimmy Logie`s jinking runs from midfield and exocet passing, the front men had plenty of ammunition. Kelsey began to find his voice box and ordered and cajoled his backline, Don Roper`s sense of responsibility began to grow as he appreciated Mercer`s legs were wavering. Kelsey showed a gymnast`s athleticism, time and again throwing himself into gravity defying saves. Ray Daniel shook off the shadow of Eddie Hapgood and became a fine defender. Alex Forbes also came into the side at left half and flourished in a side that was beginning to find its soul.

The players began to use the supporters` ire as a motivation rather than an impediment. The week after being jeered off the pitch against Sunderland, Arsenal smashed five past title challengers Wolves at Highbury, before coming from two down a week later to earn a creditable draw with Charlton, who would eventually finish 4th. The Gunners were on the up and up and scoring freely, first thumping Spurs at home 4-0, before avenging the early season defeat to Derby with a 6-2 shoeing of the Rams in North London. The margins of victory and the amount of goals were serving to win the more sceptical fans back and deposited a little dosh in the credit bank, how little the players would have known how heart stoppingly vital their little scoring habit would become May. But the burst of form did not last, the Gunners lost a topsy turvy match 3-2 away at Blackpool and the confidence and ebullience sapped from their play. They didn`t win again for six games, meaning they began April in 6th place. Just as Joseph Stalin lay dying in hospital from a stroke, another force of the 1930s seemed to be withering into the abyss. It appears utterly absurd that a team that begins April in 6th place could go onto win the title, but the fact was that this was an extraordinary season in English football. Arsenal would eventually take the crown with 54 points, which is the lowest total for a side winning the championship in English football history. (Do bear in mind however, that in those days, it was 2 points for a win). Basically, Preston and Wolves did not seem to want to much win the title either, blighted as they were by their own inconsistency under the intense pressure of the run in. Arsenal simply stole in like a dog in a park snatching a stuffed toy from a bemused child.

A 5-3 home win over Liverpool on Easter Saturday followed by a 2-0 home win over Chelsea on Easter Monday had put the wind in Arsenal`s sails just as the twin ships Wolves and Preston were faltering in choppy waters. They steamrollered Manchester City 4-2 at Maine Road and then, one weekend later, a 4-1 win at home to Bolton on the same weekend that Wolves and Preston lost at home put the Gunners top of the table, just 12 days after having been marooned in 6th place. The Londoners could scarcely believe their luck when a 3-1 home win over Stoke City was concurrently matched by a draw for Preston and defeat for Wolves. The title was in sight, but that became part of the problem. For perhaps the first time in the campaign, the pressure was on Arsenal. Not just from their own fans this time, the external focus was exuded towards them as they led the table going into the home straight. A nervy 0-0 draw with Cardiff at Ninian Park only scratched the surface of their tension. Pitches were incredibly heavy in those days and Highbury was considered one of the worst playing surfaces in the league, heavy legs and high octane tension was an unhappy marriage. On the 25th April, Arsenal travelled to Deepdale to take on their nearest challengers. They simply had to avoid defeat to be crowned champions, but the great Tom Finney tore into the champions elect, scoring once and creating another for Tom Wayman as Arsenal fell to a 2-0 defeat, locking both sides on 52 points with one game to play. In those days, the last fixtures of the season were not necessarily synchronised. So Preston had the formality of a home fixture against relegated Derby on the Wednesday evening, with Arsenal then facing Burnley- who finished 6th- at home on the Friday evening. Preston matter of factly disposed of Derby 2-0. Arsenal welcomed Burnley to Highbury, knowing only a victory would suffice for the league title.

The Arsenal players felt they had little to give physically for the game, whilst their tension increased on the morning of the game, when they met for their pre match meal at a cafe in King`s Cross, they chanced upon hundreds of well wishers from Blackpool and Bolton, down in London to see that Saturday`s F.A. Cup Final (which would forever become known as the Matthews Final). Both sets of supporters were united by dislike of Preston and Burnley and made a point of uttering encouraging words to the Arsenal players as their trains chuffed in from Lancashire. The match kicked off at 6.30pm on Friday evening (despite Chapman`s insistence dating back some 20 years that they be a permanent fixture, in 1953, Highbury still did not have permanent floodlights) yet bodies were seen milling around the stadium from around midday. The tension was further increased for players and spectators as the afternoon was blighted by constant torrential downpours, soaking waiting fans and making a quagmire of a pitch boggier and heavier than ever. Supporters, almost to a man, wore scarves and rosettes in the days before it was de rigueur to wear your team`s colours at a match. The atmosphere was deafening, as confirmed by Don Roper, "We had our problems with the supporters that season, but that night they were absolutely superb. I`ve never heard such noise in all my life; it makes the hairs on my neck stand up just thinking about it." That said, an illustration of how blasé Gooners were towards the team can be inferred when you consider that the ground was not entirely full.

The cacophony of noise was briefly dimmed to an audible murmur after just six minutes, when Burnley`s Des Thompson drove a low cross into the box which Captain Joe Mercer directed past his own keeper. It looked as though the Lancastrians were about to bring the league title back up to their regional brethren. But Gooner voices got louder and the Arsenal will redoubled. After intense pressure, Alex Forbes hit a long range strike which took a huge deflection before squirming past Clarets keeper Colin McDonald. Two minutes later, Highbury was in raptures as Doug Lishman gave the ball a hearty wallop from twenty five yards which flew into the corner. Lishman was coy about his goal some years later when he said, "I didn`t know what else to do so I just hit it as hard as I could. Seeing it fly in was the best moment of my career." Fuelled by adrenaline and a rumbustuous Highbury crowd, the Gunners tore into Burnley and assumed a 3-1 lead two minutes before half time when Holton`s low shot was beaten out by McDonald, only for Jimmy Logie to pounce and despatch the rebound. But nail gnawing nerves would be the order of the second half, the heavens opened during the half time interval, further turning the already decimated pitch into an unctuous peat bog, whilst the iconic 1950s, laced leather football was by now a water swollen vat of leather. So pregnant was the ball with liquid, that Don Roper tore his medial ligament simply by kicking it mid way through the second half. This being the 1950s, he of course gritted his teeth and played on. Billy Elliott notched a consolation goal for the visitors in the 50th minute, leaving the stadium a combustible mass of tension.

Arsenal had simply run out of energy, they didn`t have the gumption to attack any further, so they shut up shop for the remaining 40 minutes. By now, Mercer`s legs had completely given way as he tried to rally those around him to do his bidding. Mercer would later articulate that his legs gave way for good that evening, in his words, it was the last time he ever operated as a top level footballer prior to his injury induced retirement in 1954. So engorged was the stadium in the tension, that manager Tom Whittaker famously left the dug out with fifteen minutes left and chose to sup on a double brandy in the dressing room instead. By this point, Whittaker`s health was failing. He died three years later whilst still Arsenal manager, the second such man to die in office at Arsenal, which elucidated what a consuming job it was. The evening of May 1st, 1953 may well have been Whittaker`s finest hour, but it possibly shaved a couple of years off of his life too. By now Burnley were piling on the pressure and the Gunners were grimly holding out, realising that any concession of a goal would hand the title to Preston. In the 89th minute, Billy Elliott cracked a shot goalwards from the edge of the box which rattled the North Bank crossbar. The sun was now trying to crack through the dark clouds, turning the evening sky red as the final whistle sounded and Highbury erupted. Whittaker emerged from the dressing room to find most of the crowd had spilled onto the pitch in delight. Arsenal and Preston had finished the season on 54 points, having both won 21, drawn 12 and lost 9. Arsenal`s goal average was 1.516, whilst Preston`s had been 1.417. Arsenal had won the league by 0.9 of a goal, the tightest margin for a league win in the history of English football. (Incidentally, had they been using the current 'goal difference` system at the time, Arsenal would have comfortably dwarfed Preston in that respect). The Gunners ruthless goal scoring habit cultivated in the spring, had won them the title. The supporters and players conversed and celebrated on the pitch together that Friday evening, scarcely able to relay the fraught tension of the occasion. Arsenal were champions of England for the seventh time. However, little did the players and supporters know as they cavorted on the Highbury turf that evening, that the old ground would not see another night like this for seventeen years. The weight of Arsenal`s history continued to weigh down on them and the club endured a spell of mediocrity that would endure for a generation. It would be 1968 before they even contested another showpiece final. As the red sky peered over the Highbury turf that early summer evening, the sun was setting on an empire. Things would never be the same again.LD.

Part 1: 1930-31
Part 2: 1932-33
Part 3: 1933-34
Part 4: 1934-35
Part 5: 1937-38
Part 6: 1947-48




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Date:Sunday July 4 2010

Time: 6:28PM

Your Comments

must say I always read these articles and I think they're great!
merlin
Only three more articles to go then Woody Allen wakes up in Sleeper
lordjohnny
....'their place at the top table was no longer on reserve'. Spot on.
Tony Rocky Horror
I can't wait for Nayim's goal, Gazza's goal, Giggs's goal, Belletti's goal, Owen's goals, Rose's goal, Messi's goals etc, etc,.....
Tony Rocky Horror
Not quite TRH, see this is a series focussing on our league title winning seasons, but it's OK, you're a Spurs fan, it stands to reason you would find the concept of a league title winning season impossible to grasp. Of course, if Vital Spurs produced a similar weekly series it would be over in a fortnight. But do stop by and troll again next week, it'll be an article on our 70-71 league winning season. I don't wanna spoil the ending for you, but do drop by and read the details of how we secure the title in 71. You'll like it.
Little Dutch
Must say I look at these articles and think dwelling in the past.
Wswilly3
Every summer I produce a series of history based articles, have done for three or four years now. Different angle and all that, rather than just the usual inane transfer rubbish. But looking at the comments you normally leave on the site willy, I wonder why it is you keep reading them?
Little Dutch
Jesus, get a sense of humour mate....
Tony Rocky Horror
Fortunately, while you're doing your obsessive trolling, a sense of humour isn't really required. A sense of humour is rendered redundant in your company, it's a bit like a moose having a hat stand.
Little Dutch
Stop being such a plum.
Tony Rocky Horror
Stop being such a troll. You know, you remind me a bit of the blithering nutcase that gets on the bus. As soon as you see him, you think, "please don't sit next to me, please don't sit next to me." But then he does sit next to you, and you have to sit there and try and look passive as he rants away drunkenly into your ear, he doesn't care that you couldn;t care less what he has to say, you're a captive audience and that's good enough for him to chew your ears off for the duration of the journey. In short, noting you ever contribute to this thread is ever of any use. It's rarely even on topic. The best I could say about someone like lordjonny is that he contributes nothing, he has no original creative output so he sits and bitches at anyone that tries, thereby his contributions are null and void, dead air space. Your contributions are worse than that, they're less than nothing, they're deliberately designed to derail the thread in an attempt to self justify your screams for attention, thereby they detract from the thread at hand. Huddersfield Yiddo frequently visits here and disagrees with about 95% of what I say. But that's alright, because he actually offers something, an opinion, a contrary view that is of use to the debate. You just bark emptily into the night in the hope of keeping a few people in nearby houses awake for a small portion of the night, which is why you never post on the forum of your own club. In short, if you've got nothing to say, don't say anything and stop trying to pollute every thread with your tedious wailing.
Little Dutch
C'mon then, what would like to debate? Pick a subject...
Tony Rocky Horror
You know something..you ought to try listening to that 'blithering nutcase'; you might find he has some insights into the world that had never even occured to you. After all, 'it's no measure of sanity to be well- adjusted to a sick society'. Actually, after you made those comments i felt a bit sorry for you; it must be sad to live in a bubble and to hate anyone who isn't like you, to label people as weird, or mal-adjusted. You're the classic, dime a dozen, twenty- first- century, 2.1 brandishing, work- a- day, Anglo-Saxon Male. You're not interesting, or even nice to converse with, and yet you think that people care what you've got to say otherwise you wouldn't write this blog. You think that what you have to say is somehow more important than what he has to say. You think there's actually a difference. It's all just noise LD. You need to climb out that narrow box of perception, and prejudice, and embrace life before it's too late. Before you become a lifeless mechanism that tells the machine to make more machines.
Tony Rocky Horror
You see, it's this kind of irritating wind up attempt that I'm talking about, intended purely to destroy the thread as usual. Pick a subject to debate, how about something actually relative to the article? If you have nothing to say relative to the article, either go onto the forum and start a thread, you can make a thread about whatever you like and people can choose whether they wish to engage. Or else just go away.
Little Dutch
Amusing to see master troll extraordinaire TRH also known as Bloghead advising LD about "embracing life". Classic.
Deltaforce
Insightful and educative articles LD, keep them coming.
Deltaforce
Ah, Delta, the myrmidon speaks at last.......
Tony Rocky Horror
It's not dwelling in the past, it's teaching people about our great history. Summer time is often very light on proper footballing news so these articles are always a welcome break and are easily some of the best pieces you'll find on football on the internet. Instead of being a toss-bag TRH, how about you appreciate the fine writing about a fine footballing history.
Rocky7
If you take a peak over on VS R7, you'll see that we're having a lively, current debate on the state of football today. Stop being such an ass-kisser and get with the project.
Tony Rocky Horror
Great Article LD and a great read. ********* to what the Spuds say. Rocky is right, there is nothing wrong with celebrating our great history and it is not living in the past. Ignore the mindless trolls from *****e Fart Lane, they clearly have nothing better to do.
True-Gooner-Blood
Also, Rock what the feck are you on about when you say that the summer is light on football news? ER....World Cup?.....DIME BAR?
Tony Rocky Horror
We need to get hold of football in this country. It is totally, totally unacceptable that your manager is contributing to the collapse of English football by running an Ajax- style youth system in London and using foreign players instead of English ones. I'm absolutely fcking sick of seeing clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea taking to the pitch with barely a single Englishman in their ranks.
Tony Rocky Horror
For a start Tony you "dime bar" this is an Arsenal site not an internaional football one so we're limited to what we can write about regarding the world cup or risk losing our status on NewsNow. Also, if you had even the feintest idea about our club you'd know that Wenger has been looking at the big picture regard the development of English players rather than searching for short term solutions like Redknapp. Hence the reason that there are currently (or there were last time I checked) more Arsenal players in the England set up than from any other team. Meaning that the future of English football will have Wenger to thank for it's players. Funnily enough, all the English Arsenal players were as effective at the World cup as the Tottenham ones.
Rocky7
How does the issue of our first team not having any English players have any relevance to this particular article? Talk about going off topic and on a tangent. The Spuddies just keeping on holding on to this one chesnut dont they, that being that Arsenal and AW are somehow evil because they are not playing any English players? Lets see what they say in 5-10 years time when most of the England first teamers ply their trade for Arsenal :-)
True-Gooner-Blood
TRH, get a clue. We have given several English talents a chance at our academy over the last decade - Jermaine Pennant, Mathew Upson, Fabrice Muamba, David Bentley, Jamie O'Hara and Steve Sidwell to name a few. This is ofcourse not counting Cashley who all said and done is an Arsenal product and Kieran Gibbs and Walcott. Our pipeline of English talent in the academy is second to none and you will soon have a chance to witness what we are talking about. Our academy churns out good English talent not all of them sadly are good enough to make it to the first team of our club. What the feck have Cock on a ball done for English football by the way? Bought cast offs from West Ham, Portsmouth and Blackburn maybe but what else? What have you produced from your academy?
Deltaforce
Sol Campbell. No further questions M'lud
lordjohnny
Arsenal have emphatically NOT given English players enough of a chance at the club. In reality, Arsenal is a 'project', a finishing school for talent from Holland, France, Africa, hell, anywhere but old blighty. Being English is a serious barrier to making it at Arsenal: as that poor Wilshire lad is about to discover. The club's identity has been hijacked while you were looking the other way: Wenger has gradually, but systematically purged the club of as much Englishness as possible and, it's no coincidence that as he has done so, the trophies have dried up. What a state of affairs!!!! Can you imagine such a thing being allowed to pass in Spain or Germany? Spurs are still an English team; most of our key players are English and we have an English manager. Which is an amazing acheivement that deserves praise, rather than the usual ridicule.
Tony Rocky Horror
Your views are as antiquated as any average talksport host TRH. Meanwhile you did not answer my question, what has your academy produced? You evaded the query much like how your manager evades HM Revenue & Customs.
Deltaforce
Another great read from LD. Thoroughly enjoyable because it’s Arsenal history for Arsenal fans. We’ve had so much success over the years that it needs to be documented and re-visited otherwise we will lose sight of it all in the glare from the trophy room. By the way, I think we need to stop feeding the (TRH) Troll.
Sir Henry
Just because it isn't the politically correct point of view Delta, doesn't make it any less true.
Tony Rocky Horror
Effin b0llox, if they're good enough, they'll make it through. TRH whose been England's player of the decade in your opinion?
shewore
This has got to stop, the English national game is in crisis because of the endless, ceaseless, relentless, sickening war on English players being waged by mangers such as Wenger. I wish he'd just leave and manage in France, where they'd welcome his approach, or Africa since this is where the majority of his players come from. These people hate England; all they care about is they're own reputations and legacies. Ferguson is just the same.
Tony Rocky Horror
Feel like answering my question TRH instead of ranting for no good reason?
shewore
Probably David Beckham.
Tony Rocky Horror
Naaah, it's Ashley Cole to be fair, whose youth system did he come through again? And how did he treat the club and foreign manager that made him? Also, what are your thoughts on Wenger persisting with Walcott even though he wasn't delivering? Doesn't really tie in with your theory does it?
shewore
Ashley Cole is the England player of the decade? AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!! urghhhahahahahahah nurgergghhhahahahahahahahah!!!! And there was me thinking we were on the verge of a decent conversation. Sorry, i think you'll find it's simply the case that it's become fashionable to say he's 'the best left-back in the world', which he isn't. Face it: Wenger hates you (if you're English) he's made that very clear. How the hell have we let this sorry state of affairs to pass.
Tony Rocky Horror
Good points well made there TRH especially on the ones i raised re Walcott.
shewore
Look shewore, i don't know if you're English, and of course i'm a trolling ****, but we do have a major crisis on our hands and the culture of bringing in foreign players is not helping matters at all. In regards to Walcott, i think his time at Arsenal may well be up anyway, which is a shame because he had the potential to be the next Michael Owen and instead of that he's been turned into a winger against his will, and then unfairly compared to Lennon who is a natural touchline hugger. Another English lad being made to feel like an stranger in his own country.
Tony Rocky Horror
Next Michael Owen? Dunno where to start with that. I'm not sure about the crisis, all seems a bit knee jerk to me we just aint got as many talented players who came through a decade ago.
shewore
'a' stranger.
Tony Rocky Horror
The problem is that our clubs are being run as companies and the premiership is a 'brand'. This is wrong: the league should be servicing our national team, not servicing itself and cow-towing to the punters. We the customer may be getting 'basketball football' (4-4 NLD 18 months ago? ) but the technique of many of the players in the prem is looking decididly ropey when compared to their counterparts who play in other leagues. Consider: the prem players haven't exactly shone in the WC have they? I don't think it's right for a prem club to be bringing in foreign, young players and educating them with our money, when our players are clearly, so manifestly, in need of that tutorlidge themselves; and that is my honest opinion.
Tony Rocky Horror
It's too far down the line to fix, i love the German model even though you get the off exception like Hoffenheim (?) where the money comes from "within" as it were, it's not easy to prove that this correlates with a better national team but i ******** hate the way priorties have shifted massively in the last ten years. The Premier League & FA are 2 different entities light years apart and it aint gonna be fixed soon, not that it's never not been broken.
shewore
What *****s me off is what happens next: the season starts again and once more we're hearing the same old Sky propaganda that Rooney et al are the best players in the world etc, etc, etc, because they work for the brand, and yet we've all seen this to be patently not the case. Give clubs back to the people, educate and facilitate young ENGLISH talent, and let's win the WC instead of going on about sixty effin six every four effin years until we get schooled all over again.
Tony Rocky Horror
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dvsgooner
Another excellent article. Cant wait for 70/71! "We had our problems with the supporters that season, but that night they were absolutely superb. I`ve never heard such noise in all my life; it makes the hairs on my neck stand up just thinking about it." - Don Roper That makes my hairs stand aswell! Wish I were there. TRH, did you know that Spurs have actually won the league just once since 1953??? Go English I say!
dvsgooner
Im Afraid Cashley is Englands player of the decade :( More caps than Sir David Beckham at the same stage of his career, probably our best player in Euro 20004 and world cup 06, well played Arsene. Eastmond looking promising, Wilshere, Gibbs and that other lad who's name escapes me...the one Arsene is ruining....yes the one that Lionel Messi has been raving about recently. Another insightful piece LD, looking forward to the next instalment.
iceman10
jesus, you must be desperate to win this argument if you're prepared to commit such utter sacriledge. if this most reviled man is the player of the decade, is it any wonder that we're in such a mess.
Tony Rocky Horror
You don't really put together any real proposition here TRH? You just appear to moan very loudly & LOL at people's thoughts, not very conducive to constructive posting.
shewore
"You need to climb out that narrow box of perception, and prejudice, and embrace life before it's too late," was a comment from who at the beginning of this thread? Jesus, the subsequent posts have been liking reading a drunk Richard Littlejohn. Nice of you also to completely prove my point, re: going off topic with the sole intention of a wind up. One can see the cogs of your simple little mind turning, "Hmmm, Asenal have foreign players. Arsenal fans get annoyed by people constantly pointing this out as a reason the all conquering England side of the 70s have been reduced to average laymen. Why don't I bark pointlessly about that to illicit a response?"
Little Dutch
'illicit a response'......That's an email from Jonathan King to Jimmy Krankie. I hope you mean elicit otherwise your bark really is pointless.
lordjohnny
Ahhh, I know you love me really lordjonny. You always say these nasty things, but commenting on every single one of my articles gives the game away a bit. Afterall, what would it say about you if you subscribed obsessively to pointless barking?
Little Dutch
I think you'll find he's taking the *****. It's not that he's impressed with you at all. He's laughing at you.
Tony Rocky Horror
Oh look Tweedle Dee has turned up. I like laughing at Spurs (they give me plenty of ammunition). Doesn't mean I travel to White Hart Lane every week. That would be the behaviour of an idiot. There are quite a lot of people in the world that don't impress me. I don't generally tend to stalk their every utterance.
Little Dutch
I'm a counterpoint to the slack-jawed among your lot who find your grandiose guff akin to Shakespeare. But then it's probable their only other reading matter is the instructions on the Pot Noodle carton. Your peremptory responses to the mildest criticisms suggests an ego used only to unalloyed praise, and will ELICIT more of the same.
lordjohnny
So for the 1,000th time, if you don't like my stuff, that is absolutely fine, I have no desire to change your opinion, you're quite entitled to it. But I ask, why do you so obsessively troll my articles then? There are a lot of writers I don't rate, so don't visit every one of their articles telling them how much I don't rate them, because that would be a waste of my time and energy. If you don't like it, that's fine, but I don't make you click the link, so why do you? Honest question.
Little Dutch
It's a blogging site, for gawds sake. Don't take it so seriously. On the positive side, there are many blogs from various clubs that are too pathetic and obviously moronic to even heckle.
lordjohnny
All hail lordjohnny, the ultimate connoisseur of good taste. His man crush on LD is quite cute really.
Deltaforce
 

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Arsenal 2 - 1 Crystal Palace

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Southampton 4 2 1 1 5 7
5. Man City 4 2 1 1 3 7
6. Spurs 4 2 1 1 2 7
7. Arsenal 4 1 3 0 1 6
8. Liverpool 4 2 0 2 1 6
9. Man Utd 4 1 2 1 3 5
10. Hull City 4 1 2 1 0 5

Breaking League News

Something Missing!
» Man Utd : 17/09/2014 13:05:00
Yet More Ronaldo Intrigue!
» Man Utd : 17/09/2014 13:04:00
Everton all set for European challenge
» Everton : 17/09/2014 12:00:00
Everton set to make January move for Deulofeu
» Everton : 17/09/2014 10:45:00
Liverpool: Ludogorets Razgrad Verdict
» Liverpool : 17/09/2014 09:43:00

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