Saturday, April 03, 1976

Arsenal FC

Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Football League Division One


Arsenal Football Club started out as Dial Square in 1886 by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, southeast London, and was renamed Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards. The club was renamed again to Woolwich Arsenal after becoming a limited company in 1893. The club became the first southern member of the Football League in 1893, starting out in the Second Division, and won promotion to the First Division in 1904. The club's relative geographic isolation resulted in lower attendances than those of other clubs, which led to the club becoming mired in financial problems and effectively bankrupt by 1910, when they were taken over by businessmen Henry Norris and William Hall.  Norris sought to move the club elsewhere, and in 1913, soon after relegation back to the Second Division, Arsenal moved to the new Arsenal Stadium in Highbury, North London; they dropped "Woolwich" from their name the following year. Arsenal only finished in fifth place in 1919, but were nevertheless elected to rejoin the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, by reportedly dubious means.



I travelled to this match by Green Line bus 718 from Harlow, alighting at Finsbury Park/Seven Sisters Road. Although not my first visit to Arsenal Stadium, it was my first visit to see Spurs. The previous season had seen Spurs narrowly avoid relegation and things had improved this term. For the young Pieman this match was one of the highlights. A 2-0 victory on enemy territory was very pleasing.



First half goals from John Pratt and John Duncan secured the win. Pratt’s effort was direct from a corner that eluded Jimmy Rimmer at his near post. Terry Naylor never scored a league goal for Spurs but came very close in this first 45 minutes when his strike rebounded of the post. A crowd of 42,031 witnessed this fine victory. By coincidence Brotherhood of Man were in celebratory mood later that evening when their classic “Save your Kisses for me” was victorious in the Eurovision Song Contest (less political voting in those days –Ed)




Arsenal: Jimmy Rimmer, Pat Rice, Ritchie Powling, Terry Mancini, Sammy Nelson, George Armstrong, Liam Brady, Alan Ball, Trevor Ross, Brian Kidd, John Radford

Tottenham Hotspur: Pat Jennings, Don McAllister, Terry Naylor, Keith Osgood, Willie Young, Steve Perryman, John Pratt, Jimmy Neighbour, Martin Chivers, John Duncan, Chris Jones




Attendance: 42031
Programme: 10p

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Other visits to Arsenal Stadium (Highbury)

22 November 1975 - Arsenal 3 Manchester United 1 - League Division One - Attendance: 40102
21 February 1976 - Arsenal 1 Birmingham City 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 20907
20 March 1976 - Arsenal 6 West Ham United 1 - League Division One - Attendance: 34011
21 August 1976 - Arsenal 0 Bristol City 1 - League Division One - Attendance: 28490
18 September 1976 - Arsenal 3 Everton 1 - League Division One - Attendance: 34076
02 October 1976 - Arsenal 3 Queens Park Rangers 2 - League Division One - Attendance: 39442
09 October 1976 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Peter Simpson Testimonial - Attendance: tbc
19 February 1977 - Arsenal 2 West Ham United 3 - League Division One - Attendance: 38221
22 February 1977 - Queens Park Rangers 0 Aston Villa 3 - League Cup Sem-Final Replay Attendance: 40438
11 April 1977 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 47432
22 November 1977 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - Pat Rice Testimonial - Attendance: tbc
18 February 1978 - Arsenal 4 Walsall 1 - FA Cup, 4th Round - Attendance: 43789
10 April 1979 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 53896
24 October 1979 - Arsenal 2 Magdeburg 1 - European Cup Winners Cup, 2nd Round 1st Leg - Attendance: 34575
26 December 1979 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 44560
09 April 1980 - Arsenal 1 Juventus 1 - European Cup Winners Cup, Semi-Final 1st Leg - Attendance: 51998
30 August 1980 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 54054
15 April 1981 - Tottenham Hotspur 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - FA Cup Semi-Final Replay - Attendance: 52539
12 April 1982 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - League Division One - Attendance: 48897
27 December 1982 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 51497
21 April 1984 - Arsenal 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - League Division One - Attendance: 48931
01 January 1985 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - League Division One - Attendance: 48714
08 May 1985 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
01 January 1986 - Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 45109
06 September 1986 - Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 44703
08 February 1987 - Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - League Cup, Semi-Final 1st Leg - Attendance: 41256
06 March 1988 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - League Division One - Attendance: 37143
30 April 1988 - Arsenal Reserves 3 Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 2 - Football Combination - Attendance: tbc
02 January 1989 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 45129
20 January 1990 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 46132
01 September 1990 - Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 40009
13 October 1990 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 5 - Friendly - Attendance: 14806
01 December 1991 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 38892
11 May 1993 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - Premier League - Attendance: 26393
06 December 1993 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 35669
29 April 1995 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 38337
15 April 1996 - Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 38273
24 November 1996 - Arsenal 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 38264
30 August 1997 - Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 38102
14 November 1998 - Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 38278
19 March 2000 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 38131
31 March 2001 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 38121
06 April 2002 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 38186
16 November 2002 - Arsenal 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 38152
08 November 2003 - Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 38101
25 April 2005 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 38147
22 April 2006 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 38326 


Total matches attended at this venue = 48


 

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