The crazy tales of Leslie Knighton

Leslie Knighton was Arsenal’s first manager after the first world war, who, 21 years after he was sacked, wrote an account of his time at Arsenal.   It is a pack of make-believe stories which make the author look like a great hero, working under impossible conditions, and for the past 70 years his words have been taken at face value.   But in fact a simple examination of the facts show it up as a work of fiction.  Indeed as our report from 1912 shows, his claim to have managerial experience prior to coming to Arsenal was itself something of an exaggeration.  He was an assistant manager who stood in for one match, on this day.
27 April 1851: George Lawrence, the club’s first major benefactor, was born.  He became interested in football when he was nearly 40 starting to watch Royal Arsenal in January 1889, and with his wife was instru...

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