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Fairs Cup 1970

Memories of 1970

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Fairs Cup triumph AISA will be publishing fans memories throughout this season.

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Steve E

"I was 14 and my brother 17 and we remember the Anderlecht game with great fondness. My brother had been to the away leg when we lost 3-1 but we both fancied our chances. The atmosphere throughout the game was electric. My most vivid memory was John Radford's header, even now watching it I still cannot remember anyone leaping so high for a header. We had some great players in that team, they always played with a lot of heart, tough tacklers. My favourite's at the time was the "reliable and steady" Peter Simpson along with "run all night" George Armstrong two of the most underestimated players ever to have worn the Arsenal shirt.

Highbury was always packed to the rafters on those nights, I don't think my feet touched the ground in the old family enclosure, I lost both of my shoes in crush at the end and had to make the happy trip back to Edgware shoeless. Needless to say my Mum and Dad were not too impressed!!"


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More stories can be read here.

More memories of the Anderlecht match and/or any match or incident from the 1969-70 campaign are welcome.

Please email your contributions to arsenalhistory@aisa.org. There is no limit on the length of your contribution but we reserve the right to edit.