Arsenal, the Art Deco club

IN THE 1980s, a television series called The Thirties highlighted a turbulent and exciting decade. An entire chapter was devoted, quite simply, to “The Arsenal”. The 1930s was the age of the Gunners, a time that the club has strived to replicate ever since. Arsenal were as 1930s as Crittall Windows, British dance bands, mock-Tudor housing and Bakelite. They were thoroughly modern in every way, … Continue reading Arsenal, the Art Deco club

Great Reputations: Arsenal, the Art Deco club

IN THE 1980s, a television series called The Thirties highlighted a turbulent and exciting decade. An entire chapter was devoted, quite simply, to “The Arsenal”. The 1930s was the age of the Gunners, a time that the club has strived to replicate ever since. Arsenal were as 1930s as Crittall Windows, British dance bands, mock-Tudor housing and Bakelite. They were thoroughly modern in every way, … Continue reading Great Reputations: Arsenal, the Art Deco club

In a hypothetical world, who would have been European champions in 1936?

IT IS ONE of those discussions for a bored afternoon: before the European Cup got underway in 1955, who were the best teams in Europe?  “If only…” and “What if” debates are worthless in many ways, but in football, they do have some currency. After all, in the 1930s and right up to 1952, England, as a footballing nation, was in no doubt it was … Continue reading In a hypothetical world, who would have been European champions in 1936?