Sir Henry George Norris (July 23, 1865 – July 30, 1934)

An Arsenal Blast from the Past No. 21

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Born in Kennington, to a working class family he left school at fourteen to join a solicitor’s firm. Eighteen years later he left to pursue a career in property development, partnering W.G. Allen in the firm Allen & Norris. He made his fortune building houses in south and west London, Fulham in particular. He was commissioned into the 2nd Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteers in 1896, but resigned the following year. From 1909 to 1919 he served as Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham, a member of the London County Council from 1916 to 1919, and as a Conservative MP for Fulham East from 1918 to 1922.

During World War I Norris was a military recruitment officer for the British Army. He served in the 3rd Middlesex Artillery Volunteers and in 1917 he was knighted and given the honorary rank of colonel for services to his country. He was also a prominent Freemason, rising to become Grand Deacon of the United Grand Lodge of England, and a well-known local philanthropist with close connections to the Church of England; he counted the Archbishop of Canterbury, Randall Thomas Davidson as a personal friend.

He purchased Woolwich Arsenal in 1910 and controlled his club like a dictator. Unlike other club directors and chairmen of his era Sir Henry never served on boards to raise his standing in the community, he did things his own way. He made numerous powerful enemies both in and out of football due to his questionable tactics and bullying nature. His company, Allen & Norris, was responsible for transforming Fulham from a semi-rural outpost into an urban jungle. In the process of constructing, renovating and selling houses, he made a large network of contacts in building and banking, many of whom owed him favours. Photographs and written accounts suggest that his physical stature, actions and mannerism’s made him a man to be feared.

The Woolwich Arsenal board welcomed Norris with open arms, having heard of his political ‘prowess’ when he was a director of Fulham. He had negotiated their rapid rise from the Southern League right up to Division Two. Fulham’s rise in divisions took place in only four years and that led directors of other clubs to suggest that the Football League had received substantial backhanders, but no firm evidence was ever found. Sir Henry was already the undisputed master of subterfuge. On buying his majority stake in Woolwich Arsenal, he proposed a merger with Fulham and a permanent move to Craven Cottage to create a London ‘super-club’ but he was blocked by the Football League. Unable to merge the two clubs he set about rejuvenating Woolwich Arsenal and proposed that the club should be moved to North London enabling them to benefit from a local population of 500,000 in the districts of Finsbury, Hackney, Islington and Holborn. Chelsea, Orient and Spurs protested the proposal over concern for the erosion of their fan bases. The Tottenham Herald described Norris as an “interloper”, and a cartoon portrayed him as being the equivalent of the Hound of the Baskervilles, prowling around farmyards in an enormous spiked collar, ready to rip apart the Tottenham cockerel and steal its food.

An FA enquiry was set up to investigate the move but, once again, Sir Henry used his “influence” to stack the deck by appointing many personal friends to the committee and giving them information that would be favourable to Woolwich Arsenal. The committee ruled that the opposition had “no right to interfere”. The Tottenham Herald placed an advertisement begging its readers not to go and support Norris’s Woolwich interlopers stating that “They have no right to be here.”

A group of Highbury residents were equally indignant about the possibility of the undesirable elements of professional football creating a vulgar presence on their doorstep. But true to form Sir Henry launched a charm offensive on the group, assuring them that they’d barely notice a football club in their midst, and in any case, that 30,000-plus fans in the district every other Saturday would be excellent for local business. The next hurdle to cross turned out to be the Church of England, many on the ecclesiastical committee believed football to be ‘ungodly’ and local residents believed that the thought of the Church of England agreeing to a football club buying the land was inconceivable. But Sir Henry went right to the top and offered the church a donation of £20,000, the church committee accepted the offer and the Archbishop of Canterbury personally signed the deed to Highbury.

Highbury construction

With several members of the team killed in the Great War and no football having been played since 1915 Sir Henry’s hopes of transforming Arsenal into a super-club appeared to be in tatters. Having invested over £125,000 into the club, he faced the almost impossible task of rebuilding Arsenal from mid-table in Division Two to his dream “Super Club”. But he was about to pull another rabbit out of his hat. When the FA reconvened in 1919, Norris was full of confidence having just been knighted for his work as a recruitment officer during the war. He was also granted the honorary title of colonel and in the 1918 General Election had been voted Tory MP for Fulham East on a platform of “common decency”, “family values” and “moral strength”.

An FA management committee, anxious to get football back on its feet, proposed that Division One be expanded from 20 to 22 clubs. This wouldn’t seem to benefit Arsenal, who’d finished fifth in Division Two in the 1914-15 season, Birmingham and Wolves finishing third and fourth. It was widely believed that Division One’s relegated clubs, Chelsea and Spurs, would obtain a reprieve but Norris got to work his magic tricks on the committee. He secretly ‘canvassed’ every single member of the FA committee, with the proposal that Arsenal deserved promotion – however Spurs directors were kept completely in the dark throughout and suspected nothing. He also maintained that the Gunners should be rewarded “for their long service to league football”, neglecting to mention that Wolves had actually been league members for longer.

As for relegation-threatened Chelsea, Norris assured the Stamford Bridge chairman that his club would be reprieved as long as Arsenal got promotion. When the vote was taken, Chelsea got their reprieve, and Arsenal received their promotion. White Hart Lane was stunned. Even Tottenham’s parrot, presented to the club on the voyage home from their 1908 South American tour, was unable to cope with the news. It dropped dead, thus giving rise to the football cliché “sick as a parrot”. ‘Lucky Arsenal’ and ‘Cheating Arsenal’ were two of the more complimentary titles bestowed upon the club at the time.

Arsenal 1920

By 1925 Sir Henry had owned Arsenal for close to 15 years and they had still not won any trophies – he was convinced that the problem was his manager Lesley Knighton who he dismissed, shortly before he was due to receive a £4,000 bonus.  Huddersfield Town’s triple Championship-winning boss Herbert Chapman was appointed manager in 1925 but Sir Henry found the 5ft 6in Chapman, dubbed ‘Yorkshire’s Napoleon’ to be a real handful to manage. Chapman informed Norris that if he really wanted to see Arsenal win a trophy in his lifetime, he’d have to spend his cash: his main target, Sunderland’s brilliant striker, Charlie Buchan, was officially worth £5,000, but Sir Henry worked out a deal where he would pay £2,000 to Sunderland up front and £100 for every goal Buchan scored during the season.

Charlie Buchan

In 1927, the Daily Mail ran a series of articles alleging that Norris was guilty of making illegal payments to Charlie Buchan. Norris, they claimed, had given under-the-counter sums to Buchan to compensate for the loss of income he would incur from his move south – the player had to give up his business interests and buy an expensive house in London. The FA was strict about payments made to players, even though everyone in football knew that sweeteners regularly lured players to big clubs. Sir Henry had also personally ‘overseen’ the sale of the team bus in 1927 for £125, which somehow found its way into his wife’s bank account. The revelations were sensational how could such a high-profile member of the Conservative Party indulge in such financial malpractice? Norris challenged the Daily Mail’s allegations in court two years later, but the charges were upheld by the judge. An investigation by the Football Association followed, which uncovered that he had also used Arsenal’s expense accounts for his personal use to, namely to pay for his chauffeur. He sued the Daily Mail and the FA for libel, but in February 1929, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Hewart, ruled in favour of the FA and the Daily Mail. As a result, Sir Henry Norris was banned from Football – forever.

Knighton, Blyth and Dunn at Norris hearing

After his death in 1934 from a massive heart attack, a kinder, gentler Sir Henry Norris could be glimpsed. His estate was valued at over £71,000 – the equivalent of over £4m today and not only were his widow, three daughters and two sisters taken care of, but Norris also looked after many of the Arsenal staff he used to terrify. Former manager Leslie Knighton was staggered to receive a cheque for £100 from the Norris estate, enabling him to take early retirement. Trainer George Hardy and groundsman Alec Rae received £50 each – over a year’s wages. Rae was likewise dumbfounded, as Norris was “always on to me if the pitch wasn’t quite like the croquet lawn he wanted”. The Fulham chapel where his funeral took place overflowed with friends and well-wishers. The vicar who conducted the service summed up: “Of the dead, speak nothing but good.” To this day, the regulars over at White Hart Lane might beg to differ.

Although Sir Henry Norris died nearly 80 years ago, his name continues to provoke controversy.

GunnerN5

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85 Responses to Sir Henry George Norris (July 23, 1865 – July 30, 1934)

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    Wow GN5
    What a fabulous read. A real stonker, thank you.

    Looked like a complete cad, probably was a cad, but our cad 🙂

    “A group of Highbury residents were equally indignant about the possibility of the undesirable elements”. Blimey, proper foresight. They saw the likes of Raddy infesting their neighbourhood every other weekend even back then 🙂

  2. Rasp says:

    Fascinating read GN5 thank you. You have certainly added to my ‘Arsenal education’ by your wonderful historical articles.

    It seems nothing has changed. SHN’s chicanery is similar to the stuff Sepp Blatter and his cohorts have been blatantly getting away with ….. money talked then as it does now 😕

  3. Andy Kelly says:

    Hmmmm, it started well then got caught up in the hysteria that Brian Glanville created in 1984.

    Try reading this website first:
    http://pws.prserv.net/Roger_Wright/Norris/

    And then the articles about 1919 here:
    http://thearsenalhistory.com/?p=9117

    You’ll see that there is much that has been written about Norris that is factually incorrect. For example, he never “owned” Arsenal. Hos original stake was 240 of the 7000 shares on offer, he never owned more than 500 shares and was never the biggest shareholder in the club during his tenure.

    The events of 1927 to 1929 are also wildly out of sequence.

  4. Red Arnie says:

    Brilliant read GN5. Great read and fantastic education. Bladders Mark 1? No way. The class makes a big difference. Gooner after all. 🙂

    Sorry, still knot ear. 😦

  5. Red Arnie says:

    Chas. In the post for JC. From sunny foreign lands as well. Rotterdam it is. 🙂

  6. RC78 says:

    Great read 🙂

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Hi Andy Kelly

    I love the fact that someone can have a life, that’s say, open to interpretation and clouded in some mystery.

    Me will be: Didit. Got born. Did about five things. Died 🙂

  8. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    Andy, I understand that there was a lot of tosh written about Sir Henry and the themes that I chose may not be 100% factual but frankly how does one decide which historic record is correct?

    I was fascinated in researching his story and I cobbled together what made sense to me.

    The bottom line is that he was the main inspiration behind making the Gunners into the force they are today – try to imagine Arsenal without Highbury?………I can’t can you?

    Whatever is said or thought about him – he was our Henry!

  9. Andy Kelly says:

    Indeed, it is highly likely that Arsenal wouldn’t be the club it is today without Norris’ intervention. William Hall was equally as influential, if not more so.

    As to the veracity of information, using contemporary sources is best. Did you know that there was no mention of anything underhand at the 1919 promotion meeting until 1984? And even then it was a mere suggestion. Since then it has snowballed into Norris being likened to Sepp Blatter!

    And this:
    “but Norris got to work his magic tricks on the committee. He secretly ‘canvassed’ every single member of the FA committee, with the proposal that Arsenal deserved promotion – however Spurs directors were kept completely in the dark throughout and suspected nothing.”

    In the 31 January 1919 edition of The Sportsman, it was reported that Tottenham had written to all of the Football League clubs explaining why they should be elected back to the First Division. This was six weeks before the election meeting took place. It’s a bit hard to dispute this unless you believe that Norris managed to change the newspaper archives!

    What has happened over the years is that stories have been sensationalised to sell books and papers.

    The most accurate resource I’ve found is Sally Davis’ website which is the first one mentioned in my original reply. The problem is that it is so extensive most fans will not want to read all of it which is a shame as it is a fascinating insight into the club between 1910 and 1930.

    I’m not trying to change history and make Norris out to be an angel. It’s obvious that it wasn’t beyond him to influence. However, that doesn’t make him responsible for every evil that an author or journalist cares to invent.

  10. I was going to comment on some of the dodgy “facts” this story was built on but now i’ve seen Andy (who is one of the most knowlegeable guys on ARSENAL history) comment I can rest easy.

  11. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Excellent stuff GN5

    Great man Henry Norris. It is because of his splendid legacy that modern psychiatrists and smart arses are able to dissect the worrying and troublesome mind of the oafish Totnumb fan.

    Because of Sir Henry, Totnumb have endured 90 years of been shit and failure to get it up.

    I know exactly how they feel. Thirty years ago I observed a very attractive women on television, Felicity Kendal, and decided she would be my wife.

    Though I had never met Felicty, to this day I blame Richard Briers, a man with limited acting ability, for the reason that my dreams of having good life sex failed to materialise.

    The bastard knew how to cultivate herbs and live of the land, were as I eat from cans and believe in the banning of vegetables.

    So Instead of Felicity I ended up with a roughed up cockney version of Penelope Keith.

    So just like Briers ruined my life, Sir Henry ruined Totnumbs.

    Makes perfect sense.

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    Andy,

    I have read and been impressed by many of your pieces on Arsenal, I’m simply an old git piecing together stories on Arsenal history and my research and knowledge pales in comparison to your own.

    The article in The Sportsman indeed proves that Spurs knew of the meeting and made their claim for a spot back in Div. 1 but it does not appear to substantiate that they were aware of Sir. Henry’s back room skullduggery.

    I was born on Avenell Road in 1937 and Arsenal has been a constant part of my life since I heard the roars from the ground as a nipper – the 1st game I watched at Highbury was way back in 1947.

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    Terry,

    You are a gem and never fail to light up my day – thank you!

    I imagine that Sir Henry also has a smile on his skeletal face knowing that he committed Spurs to over 90 years of misery – the North London shadow is growing larger by the season.

  14. RC78 says:

    Gunners – I am really hoping that AW is going to make a move for Sergio Ramos as he has handed in a transfer request…Man Utd already in talks with Real BUT AW has four things for us:

    1. He made contact in December
    2. Our squad is better than Man Utd’s at the moment
    3. We have a god history with Spanish players and we have more Spanish players than Man Utd
    4. Ozil is a great friend of his

  15. Andy Kelly says:

    When did Sir Henry canvas the Football League Management Committee?

    N.B. it would have been the Football League Management Committee, not the FA as it was a league matter. And it was Blackpool that proposed the increase in the number of clubs, not the management committee. Blackpool had originally made this proposition in 1915 just before football was suspended due to the continuation of the war.

  16. Transplanted on to another computer says:

    Andy,

    Are you telling me that Totnumb fans blame Sir Henry for 90 years of failure, non reaction to Viagra, and since Orville went solo the dwindling career of Keith Harris, yet basically the geezer didn’t even do nothing?

    If what you say is correct, and I believe you, I find the whole thing hilarious. There whole sorry excuse for failure doesn’t even have an origin. hahahahaha. Glorious.

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    Okay Andy, I’ve already stated that your research is more detailed – so you prove nothing by “nit picking” my post.

  18. Andy Kelly says:

    Norris wasn’t completely uninvolved. He did his canvassing using someone much more powerful than the FL management committee.

  19. Shard says:

    Sorry, off topic.

    Arnie. I’m having some trouble with my mail. Will reply as soon as I can.

  20. Shard says:

    Henry Norris was certainly an interesting man in an interesting time in our history. I’ve read the Untold Arsenal version of events, and I believe Andy Kelly was involved in that too (sorry if I’m wrong)

    Weren’t teams at the time routinely elected to the league rather than simply being promoted through league finishes? I seem to recall something about the league being opposed to too many London/Southern clubs.

    Also, according to what I remember reading, there was also some to-do over match fixing between Liverpool and ManU in the last game of the previous season which prevented either of them from being relegated and consigned Chelsea to a relegation place finish. Which might have played a part in Chelsea keeping their place.

    Whatever the truth is, I don’t think canvassing and dodgy dealings were limited to Norris and Arsenal. Spurs, like at anything, were just worse at it than Arsenal 🙂

    Also, they should get over it by now. Even if we ‘bribed’ our way into the league (and if the first record of it really comes from 1984, I’m inclined to think that’s probably not true) that is not the reason we’ve never been relegated from the league, nor why we have won titles, and especially not why they have spent the past 20 years in our shadow.

    Coming back to Norris. His contribution to our club is immense. I think it’s unfair that he is treated as this shady,corrupt figure, and also find it (slightly) unfair how he was ousted from the club. Maybe it’s time Arsenal set about an official version of Arsenal’s and Norris’ history to restore some balance to how he is viewed, rather than simply accept the Spurs’ version of events. At least Arsenal fans should know more of the nuances of the time.

  21. Eddie says:

    RC78 – Santi in the home kit, object of eternal beauty 🙂

  22. Eddie says:

    off to read the post and comments

  23. RC78, apparently Real are interested in Koscielny, probably as a result of the Ramos situation.

    Would a straight swap suit all parties?

  24. Eddie says:

    This was a hilarious read 🙂

    “The Tottenham Herald described Norris as an “interloper”, and a cartoon portrayed him as being the equivalent of the Hound of the Baskervilles, prowling around farmyards in an enormous spiked collar, ready to rip apart the Tottenham cockerel and steal its food”

    Highbury residents would not even notice a 30k seater stadium

    Tottenham promotion just tops of the cake

    Yorkshire Napoleon 🙂

    Thank you very much GN5, sterling work

  25. Eddie says:

    NG – have you gone completely mad??? Sell Koscielny for £21m so that ManU can get Ramos?

    This one is a nasty rumour without any substance, it is not happening, End off.

  26. Shard says:

    Eddie

    I’m not going to say we should sell Santi or Kos. I don’t agree with that at all, but even if I did, there’s no way I’d say it to you. Especially not right now 🙂

  27. Eddie, I’m not in any way suggesting we sell Koscielny, but if he is attracted by the Real interest, and wants to go, Ramos would be a great replacement.

    I can’t see any footballer with an IQ higher than his shirt number choosing to go to Manure over Arsenal, can you?

    Oh! and to answer your question, yes I am completely mad. At least according to dear old Redders I am. 😀

  28. RC78 says:

    NG – I would swap BFG + 20/30 Mln for Ramos but I would not let Kos go as he is our rock in defense…

    Imagine a defense marshalled by

    Cech – Ramos, Kos –

    Now that is at least as solid as
    Courtois – Terry, Cahill – or
    Hart – Kompany, Mangala – or
    De Gea – Jones, Smalling or
    Mignolet – Skrtl, Sakho

    Come on AW, let us get Ramos…

  29. The problem with your plea for Wenger to sign Ramos in a swap deal for Merts, is that they have no interest in the BFG.

    Although I have to admit to a bit of drooling over the thought of a back five consisting of Cech, Bellerin, Ramos, Koscielny and Monreal.

    Of course, Micky will find all this talk about defenders mind numbingly boring. 😀

  30. Eddie says:

    shard – tell RC78 and NG about the tickets, perhaps they will stop selling our top assets too

  31. Eddie, tickets? What tickets?

    If there are tickets going begging, I’ll promise not to sell any of our players and, what’s more I’ll recommend that Her Majesty give Santi a Knighthood.

    Can you just imagine it Sir Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez. 😀

  32. RC78 says:

    Eddie/Shard:

    – I would sell Santi if the right offer came in but I am more than happy to keep him as he is a quality player
    – I will not listen to any offers for Kos

    If Real do not want BFG, I am happy for AW to break the bank for Ramos…and then to sell BFG

  33. Shard says:

    Haha. If Eddie’s Iron Fist isn’t enough, she’s got the velvet glove too.

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Gn5. A terrific read.

    When I take out my guiding guests with the intention to fill them with Danish history and culture I always start by saying “most of what I tell you is true” because there is always someone who will know more than I do.

    My point is that I entertain by telling stories which give colour to the people I talk about and that is exactly what you have done with Norris and I thank you for it.

    I love that Norris bought Buchan who was the world’s best player of his day, would that he could be re-incarnated and bring Messi to Arsenal

  35. fatgingergooner says:

    Kos needs to stay. He’s one of the best defenders in Europe. Not interested in Ramos, although he’s a quality defender. Cech Kos Paulista will be immense next season.

    Clyne on his way to Liverpool now for £12.5m. Good buy. He’s no Bellerin though!

    Keeping our best players is vital this summer. Even if we only add Cech to what we have, we will still be contenders next year. Start losing the likes of Cazorla and Koscielny and we will be taking a step backwards.

  36. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. I agree. We need to keep Santi & Kos.

    And all our top players. Hopefully this summer will see the departure of only the players we do not need, unless we can get so much money for a player that we can buy someone who better fits our squad

  37. Big Raddy says:

    Where is RA / X ?

    I miss the verbose giant.

  38. GunnerN5 says:

    Raddy,

    Your comment 5:45 is most appreciated.

    I will continue to post “Blast’s from the Past“ but maybe I should add a disclaimer acknowledging that they may not be worthy of comment or 100% accurate.

  39. GunnerN5 says:

    Eddie I glad that it was an enjoyable read for you.

  40. Eddie says:

    GN5 – fascinating read! I thought I knew a lot about Norris but I was proven wrong. And his idea to merge Arsenal with Fulham and move us over there??!!!! My dear God, can you just imagine???

  41. Eddie says:

    Andy Kelly – did you use to blog here before under a different name? I only know 2 people with encyclopaedic knowledge of Arsenal’s beginnings. One is Shard and the other is Herb. Are you the 3rd to impress here?

  42. Shard says:

    Eddie

    Andy Kelly is a true encyclopedia on Arsenal’s history. What little I know, I learn from reading articles by him, and others like him.

  43. GunnerN5 says:

    Eddie,

    I cannot imagine us having any association with Fulham. Thank goodness the move was (reputably) blocked by the FA.

  44. GunnerN5 says:

    Shard.

    Andy Kelly is extremely knowledgeable in all things Arsenal and I would not debate with him – have a dialogue yes – debate certainly not.

    However we are talking about history and all we know is what we read so it`s a bit like folk lore as it`s passed down through generations the story takes on a life of it`s own and changes constantly. So when is a fact really a fact – who knows.

  45. chas says:

    GN5
    Absolutely stupendous post; thank you very much.

    As for the veracity of facts from that era. Flippin heck, even if we had Norris’s autobiography we’d doubt half of what he said.
    And even if Totteringham’s version of the events of 1919 are slightly inaccurate, they’re the ones I’m going to believe because they’re such fun.
    Fifth in Division Two in 1914/15 and promoted after the war. Hahahahah, makes me laugh every time. 😆

    Thanks again.

  46. chas says:

    Many many many thanks to those who’ve sent a card to JC.
    Anyone else who fancies honouring the old boy, it really is a case of the more the merrier. Just imagine his face when opening them!

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas I have also mailed a card.

  48. chas says:

    Wow, thanks, GN5.
    He’ll absolutely love a card from Canada.

  49. Shard says:

    GN5

    History is open to interpretation, and facts need to be put in context, yes. But history isn’t just a story or folklore. History needs to be extracted from those and I believe it is more often than not, possible to agree upon a ‘truth’ with a high rate of certainty.

    I don’t know enough about this subject to argue one way or another. But I see holes in the currently accepted truth of Norris’ misdeeds and as such I’m not convinced.

    But, just that there is some public disagreement/divergence is a good thing (I’m sounding like arnie now) At least we get some balance between differing viewpoints. The debate can be left to the individual as to what they choose to believe. Such as chas has done 🙂

  50. Shard says:

    chas

    I will be mailing the card tomorrow. (I’ve been house bound the past few days – knee strain) It will probably reach him late. Hopefully it will reach him and not get lost in the wonderful Indian postal system. Even more, hopefully it will reach him in good health and good spirits, and bring a smile to his face.

  51. chas says:

  52. chas says:

    Shard
    That is absolutely fabulous.
    Thank you ever so much.

  53. The Cockie Monster says:

    Superb GN5

    Personally I think there should be a statue out side the Emirates of Sir HGN !…….just as deserving as any of the other bronze legends !.
    I mean, he basically invented the shadow !………………………….as in…………………” He secretly ‘canvassed’ every single member of the FA committee, with the proposal that Arsenal deserved promotion – however Spurs directors were kept completely in the dark throughout and suspected nothing.”

    JC`s Arsenal related card cost 3 times more than my wife`s birthday card !………………there are priorities in life !. hahaha

  54. chas says:

    You’re a star, Cockie.
    Whether your missus agrees with me or not is a moot point.

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  57. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all, sorry not been around, been busy celebrating turning 39.

    Terrific read GN5, like Chas I find the whole idea of usurping Spuds to be hilarious, so will prefer that side of the story.

    Right I’m off to get modded up for a day at Hyde Park to see The Who.

  58. chas says:

    Three quarter length trousers and bowling shoes?

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I want to see The Who.👿 Not seen them since the *70’s.

    Can we have that fantastic vid of them in their pomp?

  60. Eddie says:

    Borussia Dortmund say they will not sell striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, a reported £30m target for Arsenal. one less rumour to worry about

  61. mickydidit89 says:

  62. Eddie says:

    ok, we already have a replacement for Aubameyang :

    Arsenal to make £21.3m Vidal bid as Sanchez tries to convince him into completing transfer

    ARSENAL are looking to Alexis Sanchez to convince his Chilean compatriot Arturo Vidal to join the north London giants.

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Good morning all

    Apols. Been a bad motninger recently. New sleeping patterns. Might change back.

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie

    I’m very relaxed about the slow transfer window knowing both Vidal and Cavani are playing in the Copa America. It’ll be over soon and all will be well

    ps what does Vidal do?

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, Vidal
    Yip lots of Arsenal bids. I was mixing him up with Pogba who looks a real wanker, mind you Vidal does an alarming amount of hair work all the same

  66. Eddie says:

    Vidal is thinking about joining us

    He is a footballer, micky

    28yo, midfielder, Juve, mates with Sanchez and On 16 June 2015, during the Copa América, Vidal suffered minor injuries when he crashed his Ferrari in Santiago, Chile. He left the hospital in a police car and was summoned to court to face charges for drunk driving.

    So much for this rumour. Wenger doesn’t do pissheads

  67. Gööner In Exile says:

    Chas, I am very unfootball style today.

    Boots left at home, 3/4’s left at home. In favour of three stripe, chino shorts, and a checked shirt (short sleeve) buttoned all the way up.

    I’ll have a roundel tattooed on my forehead to complete the look 😀

  68. Gööner In Exile says:

    Amsterdam Raddy? http://thewho.com/tour/

    Otherwise it’s North America for you, it seems there’s been talk that this will be their last year touring, although that just may be an attempt to boost sales.

    Remember seeing that there were still tickets available for today, and of course you’ll get to see them on BBC1 Glastonbury coverage.

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    Post needed?

  70. Red Arnie says:

    of course, Micky. 🙂 Motning all. 🙂

    should I or should I not tell you all spoilt kids about Rotterdam?

  71. mickydidit89 says:

    Post sent

  72. mickydidit89 says:

    Do what you like Arnie
    I, for one, shall make up my own mind whether to agree with you, show sympathy or simply abuse you 🙂

  73. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually Arnie, we could talk about Greece, because I had a plan to help them. Well, some of them at least.

    We sell Arsenal, Ems, training ground, flats, the lot, and buy Crete. All Gooners flog their homes and we all move. What do you reckon?

    Everyone’s a winner, it seems to me.

  74. Red Arnie says:

    Shard. 🙂 You better let us know quickly what kind of cultural programmes you and Mrs would like to see. Mrs Arnie will take immense pleasure in choosing and procuring tickets at the Edinburgh International Festival.

    Of course, you realise that, if you do not let us know quickly, it will be Hindustani classical for you. whether you like it or not! 😛

  75. Red Arnie says:

    Micky. 🙂

  76. RC78 says:

    The guy that called the SAnchez signing a few weeks before he joined us last year also confirmed that Vidal will join us right after the Copa 🙂 Hopefully, this is true…

    Real have rejected a 50 Mln EUR offer from Man Utd for Ramos…At this price, I do not want him either…

    Let us say that we get Vidal, we will start with:

    A)
    Cech – Bellerin, BFG, Kos, Monreal – Ramsey, Vidal, Cazorla – Ozil – Walcott, Sanchez

    As a result, where would you like to improve the squad?
    For me, the weak points are CB and FB…the rest is top class

  77. GoonerB says:

    Sorry a knot ere yesterday and today but just wanted to thanks GN5 fora fine read. I always learn something I didn’t know from your posts GN5.

  78. Eddie says:

    micky – you is off your head mate! I love the club, I love you and Raddy, but there is no fooking way I want to live on a small island with the rest of the Gunners.

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie
    Looking at that lot, I’d have to say fair point.
    Ok, so we reduce the ground capacity in Crete a little, to say, about fifteen. We’d still be the richest club in the world 🙂

  80. Morning/Afternoon all

    Just found a post from micky ………… gonna sort it now

  81. New Post everyone …………………..

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