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Rebels for the Cause

The Alternative History of Arsenal Football Club



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Arsenal's on-field success has been well documented - from the golden era of Chapman's '30s teams to the modern-day triumphs of Wenger's cavaliers. But what has never been written before is the equally remarkable history of Arsenal's rebels, both on and off the pitch, which stretches from the club's formative days as Dial Square to the Premiership standard-setters of the present day. Spanning almost 120 years, and set against a backdrop of turbulent social and political change, Rebels for the Cause assesses the legacy and impact of Arsenal's most controversial players, officials and matches. From hard men like '30s player Wilf Copping to the reformed wild ones of recent years such as Tony Adams, Jon Spurling highlights the infamous figures whose refusal to conform has made them terrace legends. Mavericks such as '80s star Charlie Nicholas and the 'King of Highbury' Charlie George are here, as are '70s lads Alan Hudson and Malcolm Macdonald. The book also focuses on the club's revolutionary founding fathers, David Danskin and Jack Humble, the terrifying '20s 'soccer Tsar' Sir Henry Norris, and David Dein's controversial introduction of free-market economics to Highbury in the regres

Product code: 9781840189001

ISBN 9781840189001
No. Of Pages 288
Publisher Transworld Publishers Ltd
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS17
Featuring extensive interviews with 15 former players, this volume charts the alternative history of the mighty Arsenal Football Club, shedding new light on the clash with Moscow Dynamos in 1945, on the origins of the rivalry with Tottenham and on many of Highbury's cult heroes.