Making the Arsenal, by Tony Attwood, is the story of Arsenal in 1910 – the year the modern Arsenal club was born.
With the club effectively bankrupt and having no way to continue into the new season an extraordinary plan was put forward – to merge Woolwich Arsenal with Fulham.
And that plan nearly came to pass. Fulham wanted it, Woolwich Arsenal had little choice, and the League agreed to allow it. The only thing that stopped it happening was that the League insisted that the new club should play in Division 2.
Eventually Arsenal was saved, and continued to play for another three years in Plumstead. But the question remains – what was going on in 1910 that made the merger of these two clubs come so close.
The book “Making the Arsenal” sets out to tell the tale. It tracks the year through the eyes of a Fleet Street journalist, and not only tells the tale of Arsenal in that year, but everything that was going on around them.
You can buy “Making the Arsenal” through the Arsenal on line shop, at the Armoury shop at the Emirates stadium, through Amazon and directly from the publishers. If you choose to buy through the publishers you can ask Tony Attwood, the author, to sign the book. You can also have any dedication added that you wish.
There’s more details, reviews and an extract from “Making the Arsenal” on the Woolwich Arsenal web site.
Tony Attwood is chairman of the Arsenal History Society, and editor of Untold Arsenal and the Arsenal History site. He also writes the “Arsenal Uncovered” page in each edition of the Arsenal official programme