When the referee was criticised by the FA for his handling of the game

By Tony Attwood
These days we don’t ever have referees criticised by the newspapers, but in the past even the FA would tell a referee off in public as was the case for the Arsenal v Tottenham game on this day in 1900.   The crowd at Arsenal were known to be rowdy and were often criticised in the press, but on this day it seems they went a little too far.
On a personal note this was also a day I remember, in 1999, when my dear friend Roger (sadly no longer with us) and I went to Middlesbrough to watch the away game and Arsenal trotted out 6-1 winners.  Now those WERE the days.  It made up for another game Roger and I were both at – the horrible 2-3 defeat to Luton in the league cup final.  Probably the worst thing that day was driving back along the M1 and finding every bridge in the Luton area carrying a Luton Town banner.  Mi...

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