When Arsenal split into two clubs…

It was the research that was undertaken for the writing of the book “Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” that revealed the previously lost story of Royal Arsenal splitting in two, over a dispute as to who should run the club and whether players should be paid.
From its earliest days the club had been by a committee which was elected from the members of the club, but it was the idea that the players should be paid for their endeavours which was the catalyst for the split.  The majority thought it only right that the men who gave up their time in order to play for the club should be paid for their endeavours, while a minority thought that this should not be the case.
Those men who wanted to retain the amateur status of Royal Arsenal FC players persuaded the club’s landlord to increase the rent the club had to...

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