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The demise of Bertie Mee Bertie Mee gave us the impossible double without top players. I mentioned 17th two columns ago. 1975-76. The darkest point in my memory. But of course the Irish just kept appearing like mushrooms, to lighten the pain. Yes, I was worried about relegation for a long way through the season. The strange thing was that we started well. 2 wins and a draw out of the first 4. With that type of form you could dream of a high finish to banish the horrendous 16th of the previous season. And on paper we had what looked like a top team. Alan Ball, Liam Brady, Brian Kidd
The impossible cannot happen! I told you a lie last time. I said that Arsenal had to beat Tottenham away to win the league in 1971. When I checked just to make sure my memory was right, it seems that a 0-0 or a win was required. As a 0-0 is very difficult to get my memory wasn’t far out. Spurs were good, they were 3rd and we were 2nd. It was White Hart Lane. If we won, they would have to endure the humiliation of giving their biggest rivals the title on their own ground. They did everything to spoil the Arsenal party and it was 0-0 late in the game. Spurs forced to give us the
The Creation of a Gooner part 2 Thanks for the encouraging comments last time. I was worried that going back so far would put people off, but it seems Gooners liked my stroll down memory lane. So, I will continue, as was my plan, with a short series of my life with the Arsenal. Last time, I didn’t write about players, and I only mentioned Roger Smart scoring the first goal for Swindon. This was deliberate as it wasn’t the players that attracted me to Arsenal but the way they kept trying to play football, trying always to win that made me switch sides during the match. But from then o