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Woolwich Arsenal FC

Woolwich Arsenal FC nominated for an award

The book Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football has been nominated for the prestigious William Hill 2012 Sport Book of the Year Award.

The volume, published last month, is the first Arsenal history book that goes back to the original sources, such as club documents, contemporary newspaper reports and the like, to find out exactly why and how Arsenal became the first Football League club in the south of England.

It also reveals how, in taking this step, Arsenal set about transforming the whole of football through a series of dramatic events during the period from 1893 (when Royal Arsenal became Woolwich Arsenal FC) until 1915 (when Woolwich Arsenal became The Arsenal).

The volume includes a complete review of Arsenal in the FA Cup, the most detailed review of Arsenal’s supporters and how they invented the notion of away support, and the first review of the crisis that faced the club in 1893 – a story that has not been told since the events happened.

We even have an introduction from the great grand son of Jack Humble, the first ever chairman of Arsenal FC – plus previously untold details about how and why Woolwich Arsenal moved to Islington in 1913.

You can read more about Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football on the link.  Copies can be ordered directly from the publisher.  Arsenal FC are stocking the book in its shop and on line, and Amazon have copies (although Amazon sometimes runs out and fails to put in a proper order – so it is worth checking if they are showing copies in stock on their page for the book.)