The man who did more to disrupt Arsenal than anyone else – ever

That man is Leslie Knighton, Arsenal manager from 1919 to 1925.   Knighton was a modest manager for the first three years of his reign, but only just avoided relegation in the final two years.  However what has soured his reputation considerably is a reconsideration of Knighton’s autobiography in which he launched a series of attacks on Arsenal’s chairman, Sir Henry Norris.   This book has since then been taken as a factual account of Arsenal during this period, but a simple check of the facts show that the autobiography is packed with what at best are mistakes and exaggerations, at worst downright lies.  To give but one example, Knighton claimed at one point he was restricted a maximum transfer fee of £1000, while later boasting that he offered £3500 for Buchan – more than Arsenal actually paid for him the following sum...

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