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Did Herbert Chapman play against Arsenal?

Did Herbert Chapman play against Arsenal?

The History of Arsenal FC - website continues to explore and unveil information from the Club's history - much of it previously lost. The history of Woolwich Arsenal's FA Cup adventures - right back to the first game in 1893 - are amongst the latest set of articles to be produced.

For each game there's not only the match details, but also information about the history of the opposition club (no matter how obscure) and through this Tony Attwood and other contributers regularly come up with some unexpected facts (and a few half-proven suppositions too!). Tony, who is the AISA committee member, responsible for the site, says:

"Woolwich Arsenal FC did not win anything during its short life, although it came close a few times - including a couple of FA Cup semi-finals, and second place in Division 2, which gave the club its first promotion. The history of the founding club was of a solid rise, followed by a decline ending with relegation. FA Cup achievements mirrored this pattern, offering the chance to meet some highly unlikely teams, and including a number of instances of giant-killing, with Arsenal on the wrong end.

"We've also recently looked at the claim by Luton Town that they (and not Woolwich Arsenal) were the first professional football club in the south and we've noted with interest the first match with Fulham (with Henry Norris as club chairman). The shirts that Fulham wore that day (which were incredibly similar to our modern red with white sleeves).
"We have explored the idea that in one match Herbert Chapman actually played against us. And we've even found another very bizarre promotion - one to rival the way Tottenham climbed their way out of the Southern League into the Football League.
"When you take a look, do also spare a moment to consider some of the comments added, as extra information (including some amazing local newspaper match reports) is added to the site by those visiting the site."

The FA Cup series will be followed by a special feature on the Woolwich Arsenal's founding father, Jack Humble.

Picture above is from the FA Cup semi-final between Woolwich Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Victoria Ground, Stoke, April 1906.

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