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  • A Yahoo! User Jan 13, 2010 22:27 Flag

    Spurs - Arsenal 1919 Scandal (Summary)


    Spurs were promoted back to the first division the following season as Champions with a six point margin over Huddersfield Town.

    P W D L F A Pts
    Tottenham Hotspur 42 32 6 4 102 32 70

    Given that our players had gone to serve their country as many others has from other clubs, it beggars belief that any team would be punished for this when competitive football resumed 4 years later.

    A little known fact is that only Arsenal have never won/ earned promotion to the top flight as all the other clubs have had to do!!

    Only Arsenal could finish 6th and still get promoted!!

    I have found it strange over the years that this incident seems never to be referred to when compared to the Arsenal move from Woolwich to Islington which is why most people assume the bitter rivalry between the clubs is because the Arsenal moved into North London.

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    • Very interesting reading Harri - thanks for posting.

      I have a book given to me by a family friend who recently died - he was a lifelong Gooner (made for some interesting arguments I can tell you!) and season ticket holder at Highbury/The Emirates. A quick read of the introduction shows that the Gooners' chairman (and Fulham MP) Henry Norris was clearly determined to have a football club in the top flight - he was also heavily involved with Fulham and wanted to merge them with Arsenal but realised they'd primarily be a second division club so decided that moving the then Woolwich Arsenal out of Plumstead to North London was the answer.

      So even before the "fixed" vote that secured the Gooners election to the First Division, he'd done his homework and used his influence to secure their home at Highbury. Despite widespread opposition from local residents, Spurs, local London rivals Chelsea and Clapton Orient (don't ask - maybe Leyton Orient in an earlier incarnation?) plus Islington Council, the stadium was built - unfortunately it didn't need planning permission. Ironically the League rules were changed a few months later to stop this happening again. I shall read the rest of the book with interest when I get the chance. If anyone's interested in the title it's "The Pride of North London - The definitive history of Arsenal-Totteham 'derby' matches" by Bob Goodwin.

      Anyway, to get back to the point - nowadays it's nothing unusual for a club in 6th place in the Championship to gain promotion to the Premier League because of the dreadful (and purely money-spinning) play-off system. It's not fair but them's the rules - and the Clubs voted for it so have no grounds for complaint.

      The same happens in Rugby's Premiership - Wasps were 2nd in the table 3 years running but won the title via the play-offs.

    • My hat is truely doffed Harri. Obviously the truth behind this outrage is never likely to be known after so long but WE know and that is what matters. Well we do now that your excellent research has unearthed this abomination.

      "Arsenal have never been promoted or earned the right to be in the PL"

      That is a sentence that will be remembered by me forever and I intend to make sure any Ar$e fan that comes onto this board knows about it.

      Thank you Harri.

    • Well researched Harri..........another reason for saying "Lucky Arsenal"