This official guide to Arsenal, endorsed by the soccer club itself, examine's the team's 50 greatest goals Arsenal Football Club has enjoyed a storied history at the top table of English soccer since its founding in 1886. In fact, the Gunners remain the only club never to have been relegated from the premier division. In that time they have picked up 13 League Championships, 11 FA Cups (including three prestigious Doubles), and two European titles--scoring a wealth of goals in the process. This book, produced with full endorsement from Arsenal FC, celebrates the 50 greatest goals in the club's history. The perception of a goal's greatness is of course subjective. Is a simple tap-in that is nevertheless a culmination of 30 passes a better, or worse, goal than a 30-yard screamer? Everyone has their favorites, and this book merely presents 50 of the best, in chronological order; you can then have fun rating your own personal top 10. Many of the goals included are from the 1970s onwards when the widespread availability of color television and increased airtime for the nation's number one sport brought goals to the forefront of soccer fans' attention. But the book still offers more than a nod to the black and white era: which true Gunners' fan wouldn't rate the goal scored by George Jobey on September 6th, 1913, a header on the stroke of half-time, as great? it was the first goal scored at Arsenal's new home, Highbury (setting Woolwich Arsenal on the way to a 2-1 victory over Leicester Fosse). Since then, of course, there have been many more wonderful and significant goals, from Charlie George's 20-yard strike to win the 1971 FA Cup final, to Dennis Bergkamp's deft turn and shot against Newcastle United in 2002. And not forgetting the drama of Michael Thomas' last-gasp League-winning flick against Liverpool at Anfield in 1989. All the great strikes in Gunners history are presented here for your enjoyment. So sit back and relish the official guide to Arsenal's greatest goals.
From the thousands of matches ever played by Arsenal, stretching from a muddy field on the Isle of Dogs in the 19th century to the Premier League era and the pristine perfection of the Emirates Stadium, here are 50 of the club's most glorious, epochal and thrilling games of all! Expertly presented in evocative historical context, and described incident-by-incident in atmospheric detail, Arsenal Greatest Games offers a terrace ticket back in time, taking in their first FA Cup win in 1930, 1930s dominance of domestic football under the great Herbert Chapman, through to the great 1971 double-winning side; on to the exploits under George Graham in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and Arsene Wenger's revolution and his all-conquering invincibles of 2004. An irresistible cast list of club legends - Frank McLintock, Charlie George, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp - comes to life in these thrilling tales of goalscoring feats, great comebacks, Wembley glory and the odd glorious yet crushing disappointment. In all, a journey through the highlights of the Gunners' history which is guaranteed to make any fan's heart swell with pride.
The FA Premier League was born 20 years ago, on 23 September 1991, and has since established itself as the most popular club competition in world football. At the start, however, there was opposition from the players' union and the Football League. Then the breakaway elite were faced with the exposure of the game's 'bungs' culture, which stained the reputations of Brian Clough and George Graham, among others. After weathering that storm, the new league was threatened again by the very real possibility of financial meltdown, which was averted only by the controversial takeover of many top clubs by predatory overseas owners. Joe Lovejoy reported on the creation of the Premier League for The Independent and revisits the story in Glory, Goals and Greed, interviewing many of the 'founding fathers'. Later, as chief football correspondent at the Sunday Times, he witnessed all the main events and has spoken again to those involved to shed new light on the best matches, best players and standout incidents of the Premier League's enthralling first 20 years.
A revised and updated edition of last year's bestselling Pocket Book of Arsenal, featuring a brand new cover design and a wealth of new features. Packed with original pictures, hand-drawn illustrations and genuine Arsenal memorabilia, this beautifully packaged book is bursting wih the colourful history of London's biggest club. The perfect gift for Arsenal supporters of any age, last year's edition of The Pocket Book of Arsenal sold more than 6,000 copies in the trade.
The History of Football through its biggest heroes
Author: Jimmy Greaves
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Sports & Recreation
JIMMY GREAVES was a great entertainer and a national hero as a footballer, and is held in equal affection as a television pundit and performer. Now Greavsie reveals the footballers and managers who have given him most entertainment and are his biggest heroes. Greavsie has confined his star-studded assembly to players and managers of his lifetime -- dipping fondly back into the days of Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney and Len Shackleton and coming up to date with in-depth analysis of modern masters like Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney. Along the way he nods in the direction of his good pals Bobby Moore, Dave Mackay, Billy Wright and, of course, George Best. Footballing gods of the calibre of Pele, di Stefano, Puskas and Maradona naturally win a place in the personal Greaves Hall of Fame. You may not agree with all his selections, but if you are a true football fan you will agree that this is a book that makes you laugh and grips your attention as you take a look at some of FOOTBALL's GREAT HEROES AND ENTERTAINERS.
From the all-conquering side of the 1930s to the Double-winning teams of 1971, 1998 and 2002, Arsenal Football Club have been one of the major forces in English football. Graham Weaver plots the club's progress from their first silverware in 1930 to the present day through the 14 most significant games in Arsenal's history, both domestically and in Europe. The club's greatest triumphs, such as Anfield in 1989, Copenhagen in 1994 and Old Trafford in 2002, are covered, with a thorough description of the players and their strengths and weaknesses, a full background to each game and details of the match itself, together with quotes and contributions from those who took part. This book is a must for those who remember fondly the cup final wins, Championship deciders and European successes of Arsenal's distant and recent past, or for those who wish to learn more about the history of London's premier club.
Highbury - citadel for Arsenal Football Club for over 90 years and home to the memories of over 10,000 matches. In this informative book, Bruce Smith exhaustively chronicles the life and times of the Gunners' home ground in north London, from the site's humble beginnings as college playing fields to its present status as one of the most recognisable pieces of football real estate in the world. The book highlights how pioneering architects such as Archibald Leitch, Claude Waterlow Ferrier and William Binnie played a vital role in shaping Highbury and how other personalities, including Sir Henry Norris, A.G. Kearney, Herbert Chapman and David Dein, have influenced its development. Highbury documents the important role and influence of the Football League, Premiership, FA Cup and European competitions in the ground's colourful history and, in addition, details the England internationals, representative encounters, FA Cup semi-finals and European play-offs which have taken place there, as well as the legendary Cooper v. Clay World Championship bout of 1966. Featuring many personal photographs by the author and others from the archives, Highbury is a timely tribute to an iconic structure that was part of the fabric of sporting history for almost a century.
Arsenal FC is the longest-serving club in the top flight of the professional English Football League, and in its 120-year history has proven itself to be an enduring force with a huge fanbase and many titles and accolades to its credit. From it humble beginnings in 1886 in a field in Woolwich, to the dizzying heights of the new Emirates stadium and the glamour and wealth of Premiership football, the club is steeped in history and its astounding record speaks for itself—13 League Championships, 10 FA Cups, two League Cups, and both the European Cup Winners' and UEFA Cups. The Gunners have also completed "the double" on three historic occasions. Carrying them to such successes have been some of the game's greatest ever players—Cliff Bastin, Charlie George, Pat Rice, Frank McLintock, as well as modern icons like Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, and Thierry Henry. Guiding them from the touchline has been a formidable line-up of managers including Herbert Chapman, Bertie Mee, George Graham, and Arsene Wenger. Arsenal: The Football Facts provides an essential reference handbook chockfull of facts and statistics on players, managers, seasons, club history, famous match reports, greatest-ever goals, and fascinating insider trivia that will satisfy every Gunners fan's curiosity about their favorite club.