Channel: Before The 'D'...Association Football around the world, 1863-1937.
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A  football signed by the Arsenal team of 1936.  The signatures are:

 Norman Sidey

A centre half (which was now a central defensive position rather than a playmaker), he played 45 games for Arsenal (1932-38).

Bobby Davidson

The man who had to shoulder the onerous billing of being the next Alex James. Davidson played
63 games and scored 15 goals (1935-1937) but had the reputation of being a  'difficult personality' and moved on to Coventry City.

George Male
The fullback played 321 games for Arsenal (1930-48) He captained England 6 times in his 19 international appearances. 

Alex James
Among the greatest footballers of all time, James was the man who developed the role of the inside forward into something more approaching the modern midfielder. 

George Cox

In 2 seasons Cox played 7 games for Arsenal. He then moved on to Fulham, but his career never really took off.

Peter Dougal

A peripatetic Scottish inside forward whose many clubs included  FC Sete in France.

 Jackie Milne
A versatile winger, playing either left or right, Milne was at the club from 1935 to 1937 and played 54 games, scoring 19 goals .

Bob John 
Welsh international (15 caps) half back. John was with Arsenal from 1922 to 1937, making 470 appearances.  

Cliff Bastin
By the age of nineteen Bastin had won a League title, the FA Cup and been capped for England, making him the youngest player ever to achieve all three. 
He played 399 games for Arsenal having joined from Exeter City as a 17 yr old.  An outside left, he won  21 caps. He suffered with deafness.


A full back and later a centre half, he represented England twice and was associated with Arsenal for 22 years, playing over 250 matches. 

George Allison (Manager)
Given the unenviable task of succeeding the most innovative manager in the history of football Mr Allison did a more than decent job. An old school secretary manager with little involvement in coaching or tactics he led the Gunners to 2 league titles and 2 FA Cup wins.  In the 1939 film The Arsenal Stadium Mystery, he had the prophetic line: It's one-nil to the Arsenal. That's the way we like it.

 Joe Shaw (Assistant Manager)
Shaw had joined Arsenal as a player in 1907. On retiring in 1922 he joined the coaching staff and became caretaker manager when Herbert Chapman passed away. He oversaw the winning of the 1933-34 League title.

Arsenal players on a training walk.This form of fitness preparation has now fallen out of favour. 

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