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Vintage Book Profile, Revue and Price Guide: Forward Arsenal – The Arsenal Story: 1886-1953, 1954 2nd reprint

Bernard Joy's biography of a football club

A hardcover book with original dust jacket, 212 pages, approx: 130x210mm, 391g

Forward, Arsenal! A History of Arsenal Football Club.

The Arsenal Story: 1866-1953.

By Bernard Joy, former Arsenal and England amateur centre-half, with a foreword by Tom Whittaker.

Illustrated with 59 photographic plates.

Published with the approval and co-operation of Arsenal Football Club by Phoenix House Ltd, this book being the second reprinted edition dated 1954. The first edition and first reprint were both dated 1952.

Bernard Joy was an amateur international footballer with Corinthian-Casuals and a member of Arsenal's first team. After his playing career he became a journalist and at the time of writing Forward, Arsenal, he was the Football Correspondent for The Star. His passion for the club is clear from the outset and this concise history includes many scarce photographic illustrations, collected and collated by Joy. The dust jacket flap states:

"In vivid style he (the author) tells the story of the Arsenal from its humble beginnings nearly seventy years ago as an amateur works team, through the move to Highbury and its mid-period struggles, to the time when new tactics and showmanship endowed the team with a glamour which has not faded in twenty-five years, and into whose hands the glittering prizes of football have fallen time and again."


Foreword by Tom Whittaker

Acknowledgements by Bernard Joy

List of Plates


Part 1: Royal Arsenal Reds


The Leading Club In the South

Early Struggles, but Promotion Gained

Good Results Badly Supported

Part 2: From Woolwich to Highbury

Enter a Soccer Czar

Desperate Days in the First Division

Part 3: Chapman At the Helm

Herbert Chapman Takes Over

Shaping New Tactics

Arsenal Get Alex James - and the Cup

The Record Season 1930-31

A Magnificent Failure

Competition Stiffens

Death of Herbert Chapman

Chapman's Greatness

Part 4: Top Of the Tree

Ted Drake's Season

Arsenal Win Their Grimmest Final

The Changing Scene at Highbury

Neck-and-Neck Race With Wolves

The Bryn Jones Gamble

Part 5: The Second World War - And After

The Ravages of War

Mercer and Rooke to the Rescue

Whittaker's Triumph

Part 6: Team Building Goes On

Luck and Pluck in the Cup

Still Forward!

Arsenal's Internationals and Tours Abroad

Behind the Scenes

Appendices: The Arsenal Records

Records Held or Shared by Arsenal

Arsenal Distinctions

Record in the F.A. Challenge Cup

Record in the Football League

Record in the Football Combination

International Honours

Football League Honours

  • List of Plates:
  • The Arsenal Team 1888-89
  • The Arsenal Team 1889-90
  • Harry Storer and Caesar Llewellyn Jenkyns
  • The Arsenal Team 1895-96
  • Arsenal v Manchester United and v Newcastle, 1906
  • Semi[final of the Southern Charity Cup, 1906
  • Second Round F.A. Cup tie, 1909
  • The Arsenal Team 1905-06
  • The Arsenal team which lost to Fulham, 1913
  • Joe Shaw and Bill McCracken (Newcastle's captain)
  • A break in training
  • The Arsenal team 1920-21
  • Jock Robson in action, 1923
  • Charlie Buchan practising
  • The Final against Cardiff, 1927
  • The first Cup-winning team
  • Graf Zeppelin over Wembley, 1930
  • Alex James, Jimmy Sharp
  • Cliff Bastin, Doug Lishman
  • Jimmy Ashcroft, David Jack
  • Eddie Hapgood, Joe Mercer
  • Arsenal v Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, 1930-31 season
  • The disputed goal of the 1932 Final
  • The team which completed the Championship hat-trick, 1932-35
  • Alex James in Action
  • Wilson and Roberts in a League match at Highbury, 1936
  • The 1936 Final
  • Fourth Round v Wolves, 1938
  • Drake in action
  • Drake playing against Italy at Highbury, 1934
  • Seven Arsenal men in the England team against Italy
  • The Arsenal Team, 1938-39
  • Floodlit football at Highbury, 1951
  • Arsenal v Rangers, mid-week attendance in 1936
  • Arsenal v Charlton, 1938
  • Bomb damage at the Arsenal ground
  • Ronnie Rooke's first goal for Arsenal
  • Swindin with his "jockey" cap from Norway
  • Arsenal v Liverpool in the 1950 Final
  • The men who won the Cup in 1950
  • Selecting the team
  • The Arsenal changing room
  • Bust of Herbert Chapman in Arsenal entrance hall
  • The team which came nearest to the "Double" this century
  • Arsenal v Chelsea, 1952
  • Smith in action in the 1952 Final
  • Arsenal v Newcastle United: Stills from the "Universal Newsreel"

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This copy of Forward, Arsenal! is in good condition, within a fair dust jacket. Estimated value in this condition is £45.00