The first Arsenal trophy in 17 years, and 18 in a row

Until the publication of John Sowman’s “The Long Sleep” no one had ventured to write a proper history of Arsenal between 1953 and 1970, simply because Arsenal achieved nothing during that spell.  After all the titles that had gone before, no one really saw this coming, but a series of disastrous decisions by the board over who should be the manager made Arsenal nothing more than mid-table regulars.
On this day in 1970 the Long Sleep ended with the winning of our first European trophy, which was followed first by the Double, and then by another long decline under a manager who proved to be utterly inflexible.
This is also the anniversary of beating Tottenham 5-0 twice, once in 1898 and once in 1906 – and the appointment of Don Howe as manager – an excellent coach of players, but not a man who could deliver the...

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