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The Lucky 13

Well that completes another series, every Arsenal league winning season in full. So the next time any Chelsea or Spurs fan gives you any grief, save this link and e mail it back to them, adding not another word. I hope this trawl through our club's history has been as enjoyable for you to read as it has been for me to write.

1930-31 Manager: Herbert Chapman. Captain: Tom Parker.

1932-33 Manager: Herbert Chapman. Captain: Eddie Hapgood.

1933-34 Manager: Herbert Chapman/ Joe Shaw. Captain: Eddie Hapgood.

1934-35 Manager: George Allison. Captain: Eddie Hapgood.

1937-38 Manager: George Allison. Captain: Eddie Hapgood.

1947-48 Manager: Tom Whittaker. Captain: Joe Mercer.

1952-53 Manager: Tom Whittaker. Captain: Joe Mercer.

1970-71 Manager: Bertie Mee. Captain: Frank McLintock.

1988-89 Manager: George Graham. Captain: Tony Adams.

1990-91 Manager: George Graham. Captain: Tony Adams.

1997-98 Manager: Arsene Wenger. Captain: Tony Adams.

2001-02 Manager: Arsene Wenger. Captain: Tony Adams.

2003-04 Manager: Arsene Wenger. Captain: Patrick Vieira.

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The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 19 2010

Time: 12:41PM

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An impressive body of work there TS - just in research alone - while also framing it as eloquently as interestingly as you do.
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19/08/2010 12:54:00

Great job, man. Thanks for the experience (and memories).
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19/08/2010 13:12:00

Cheers Tim. good reading!
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19/08/2010 13:22:00

Very enjoyable, thank you.
Sir Henry
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19/08/2010 13:35:00

I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one Tim, thank you. I particularly enjoyed the pieces describing our title victories in the 30's. I learnt so much from them and could finally get a real sense of feeling from the stories that my Grandfather shared with me. Thanks again.
Cockney Rich
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19/08/2010 13:52:00

absolutely awesome reading. all of them. Great work as ever LD
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19/08/2010 14:09:00

Excellent work, Tim. The amount of time and effort you put into these articles is impressive. OT: City pay 25m for Milner while Real Madrid pay 23m combined for both Ozil & Khedira. One player did nothing at the wc while the other 2 impressed the world. And people wonder why Wenger doesn't buy English (tho he's always trying--witness his failed attempt for Jagielka).
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19/08/2010 14:09:00

Fantastic work Tim, each soundly researched and thoroughly engaging. A terrific homage to a club blessed with a rich, successful history.
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19/08/2010 15:15:00

Really brilliant. Thanks LD.
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19/08/2010 16:09:00

fecking sad ****s! ancient history!
Real Modric
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19/08/2010 16:17:00

Ancient history would be last winning the title a half a century ago. This is contemporary history.
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19/08/2010 16:26:00

This is boring ancient history.
Real Modric
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19/08/2010 16:40:00

You are turning green with envy RM. Control your feelings.
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19/08/2010 17:21:00

Frimpong out for 6-9 months now with a cruciate ligament injury...can you believe our luck!
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19/08/2010 17:33:00

50 years since your last league title, 20 years since your last FA cup. Don't com here talking about ancient history when colour tvs hadn't been invented the last time you were champions.

Excellent series Tim, really helped move the summer along. Always beautifully written as well as informative and interesting insight into our clubs history and a great walk down memory lane for five of those for me :)
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19/08/2010 17:49:00

Excellent series LD. It was an absorbing read, and some of the recent title triumphs brought back good memories.
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19/08/2010 18:59:00

Great stuff LD. Really enjoyed reading all the installments and kudo's for your efforts and time spent putting it all together. Too bad that the morons from *****e Fart Lane had to try and ruin all discussion relating to the articles with their trollery.
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19/08/2010 19:06:00

"So the next time any Chelsea or Spurs fan gives you any grief, save this link and e mail it back to them," and put the title of the email as "GOT UNBEATEN?"
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19/08/2010 19:58:00

*White flag waving* What are your honest opinions on Gallas coming to Spurs? This is not a wind up in any way just interested to know whether you think he's past it, whether you will miss him this season etc etc.
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20/08/2010 09:30:00

I think you've got yourself a very good defender with experience at the highest level. He has been our best CB for some years now. Personally, I don't hold any grudge against him for going to Spurs. The stuff about his divisive personality is, I think, enormously overstated, but not necessarily 100% untrue. I think he's an excellent signing for you guys.
Little Dutch
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20/08/2010 09:37:00

Thanks LD. I have to admit I'm happy with the signing and like you say think the stuff about him being a "bad egg" is vastly exagerated, though probably born from some element truth. I just think he's got a winning mentality and the average modern footballer doesn't like having someone barking in their ear if they aren't pulling their weight. Same story with Bellamy in my opinion.
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20/08/2010 10:12:00

MJB I think you get a CB who is good if you can stuff his mouth with rags tape it shut. Unlike LD I have to say that his divisiveness is a huge factor. Why else would Wenger let him leave and not even make an offer in August when we were desperately short of CBs. Not only did he turn our dressing room against him as captain the smart money was it was his politicing that kept Nasri off the French team (though that was definitely to Arsenal's benefit). Remember this is the same Gallas that threatened to score an own goal on Chelsea to force his way out of the Bridge, so I hope for your sake that you have some way to silence his mouth.
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20/08/2010 18:14:00

I didn't say divisiveness wasn't a factor, I said it was overstated. In his time at Arsenal we know he didn't get on with Toure. Big deal, I don't get on with everyone I work with. As for the France thing. a) Domenech had no compunction about picking Nasri for the two years prior to the WC. Did Domenech really look as though he had the ear of the players to you??? As for the own goal thing, we of course have the sterling word of Peter Kenyon on that. It's an example of people seeing the reputation and making conclusions based on it. We know AW made offers for him up until June before moving on. The question could just as easily be, if he was such a badd egg why did we keep him until the end of his contract and then offer him a new one? Suppose it depends on your pre conceptions.
Little Dutch
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20/08/2010 18:41:00


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