This is the first attempt to tell the story of the 121-year-history of the Arsenal Football Club through the greatest and most iconic Arsenal photography ever published. Rebels for the Cause will surprise every Arsenal fan by revealing how much more there was to discover about the club. Jon Spurling has written a book that both entertains and informs. Starting with Arsenal's founding fathers, each chapter carefully pulls together the facts and faces throughout the club's history, cleverly exploring it's more colorful characters while subtly detailing the context of the club and football's changing place in society. Thought provoking, and sometimes shocking a smile is never far away from the reader's face. It also exposes the roots of resentment for the club in both the media and other football fans. For Arsenal fans this is simply a must read. For the rest, you hardly need any more justification for finding fault with the red and white half of north London.
This official history charts Arsenal's story from its inception in 1886 right up to the first full season at the impressive Emirates Stadium. There is a complete statistical record of European and domestic games and in-depth features on North London derbies, the stars of the 1930s, Arsenal internationals, the team of 1971 and the modern French connection. In addition to events off the field with new signings and old friends departing, the 2007-08 season is certain be full of excitement and interest. In addition to a review of 2006-07, there are player profiles and interviews, reviews, reports, fun, games, puzzles, in fact all a Junior Gunner could ever want in 64 pages! In May 2006 Arsenal played its last game at Highbury before moving to the new state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium. It was an emotional farewell to a ground that had witnessed some incredible games and which Arsenal fans had come to love as their second home. Relive those Highbury memories in this lavishly illustrated book that charts the stadium's story from the move to North London, the building of the stands and Chapman's many innovations. It brings to life the stories from the Second World War and the fifties when the team returned to winning ways. Reacquaint yourself with the characters that bought the first double to Highbury in 1971; the celebrations in' 89; the success of the Wenger revolution and the final season at this unique ground.
Leeds United, the reigning champions struggled early on. Truth be told, their remarkable triumph the previous season had come somewhat prematurely. Just three years earlier, they had been an average Second Division side, now the Yorkshire side had to play with the added mantle of being England’s representative in the UEFA Champions League as well as being the champions. After a couple of months, the race for the title had already come down to three clubs, firstly Manchester United, determined to end a championship barren streak going back 26 years. The previous season, had seen them come very close, but Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds team had pipped them at the post. Hot on United's trail were Aston Villa and Norwich City, who both harboured dreams of championship glory. As November dawned, Leeds’ chances of retaining their title were already all but over, as they faltered both domestically and in Europe. Boss, Howard Wilkinson needed to invoke some changes to try and revitalise the ailing champions. But what followed still leaves fans and pundits scratching their heads today.
He made the controversial decision to sanction the sale of star French striker, Eric Cantona to none other than bitter rivals Manchester United. A nice big fee may have helped to soften the blow, but Leeds only received 1.5 million pounds for their star man. The departure of Cantona saw Leeds’ season disintegrate, with the team eventually limping into a sixth placed finish. Meanwhile, across the Pennines, United began to close the gap on Norwich, thanks largely to Cantona’s goals. Eric Cantona- the mercurial Frenchman who helped to inspire Manchester United to their first league title in 26 years. Source Gary Pallister Scores his First Goal of the Season in United's Final Match. The previous season, Manchester United had seemed poised to end their title drought, but an attack of nerves had seen them blow their chances. Once again, they were right in the hunt, but now long time rivals Norwich had faded away, so it was left to Aston Villa to try and provide a meaningful challenge. But on the 2nd May, Villa lost at home to lowly Oldham Athletic, thus handing United their first championship in 26 years. The day after Villa’s defeat, the new champions entertained Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in front of 40,000 delirious fans. Meanwhile, at the foot of the Premier League, Nottingham Forest was relegated, having spent the entire season in and around the relegation zone. A link showing the final table for the 1992/93 Premier League season.
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