Winning the league at WHL for the second time, and playing our most bitter local rivals

By Tony Attwood
Think “bitter local rivals” and you might think of Tottenham Hotspur, but in the 1890s Arsenal had a very different bitter set of rivals who were even more local, for they played in a ground across the road from Arsenal.
This was Royal Ordnance Factories FC, the club formed after splitting from Arsenal over the question of who should run the club.   The story is told in detail in the book “Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” – Please see here for more details about that book and how to get a copy.  But in summary, after the attempted coup, which involved a whole array of nasty tricks, Arsenal moved grounds, leaving the rump of rebels to form their own club on the ground opposite.
Meanwhile when Arsenal won the league at WHL in 2004, it was the second time Arsenal had won the leag...

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