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In 1913 Woolwich Arsenal Football Club moved north to Highbury, dropping Woolwich from its name. Their chairman Henry Norris took a 20 year lease on part of the grounds of St Johnís Hall for £20,000. The new Arsenal Stadium (also called Highbury) was built there. The club prospered and by 1925 had purchased the freehold. In 2006 the club moved to a new stadium on the west side of Drayton Park in Holloway and the old ground and some of its stands will be converted to residential dwellings.

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Highbury: The Story Of Arsenal In N5: The Story of Arsenal in N5

Kicking off with the story of the original 'soccer czar', Sir Henry Norris, who bulldozed through opposition on many levels to move Woolwich Arsenal to north London (and probably taught many subsequent chairman everything they knew on that score), Jon Spurling's all-encompassing history of Arsenal's time at Highbury features testimony from everyone: from the peanut sellers, turnstile operators, local publicans and fans, through to the likes of Bob Wilson, Liam Brady, George Graham and Lee Dixon. This is a warts-and-all look at the last century in the club's history, telling the story of local opposition to the club's move (1913), through the construction of the impressive art deco East and West stands in the thirties, the assembling of the various title-winning sides and culminating in the story of local opposition to the club's move (2004).

Highbury: The Story of Arsenal Stadium

Highbury - citadel for Arsenal Football Club for over 90 years and home to the memories of over 10,000 matches. In this informative book, Bruce Smith exhaustively chronicles the life and times of the Gunners' home ground in north London, from the site's humble beginnings as college playing fields to its present status as one of the most recognisable pieces of football real estate in the world. The book highlights how pioneering architects, such as Archibald Leitch, Claude Waterlow Ferrier and William Binnie played a vital role in shaping Highbury and how other personalities, including Sir Henry Norris, A.G. Kearney, Herbert Chapman and David Dein, have influenced its development. "Highbury" documents the important role and influence of the Football League, Premiership, FA Cup and European competitions in the ground's colourful history and, in addition, details the England internationals, representative encounters, FA Cup semi-finals and European play-offs which have taken place there, as well as the legendary Cooper v. Clay World Championship bout of 1966. Featuring many personal photographs by the author and others from the archives, "Highbury" is a timely tribute to an iconic structure that was part of the fabric of sporting history for almost a century.

Lost Football League Grounds from the Air (Aerofilms Guide)

Almost 20 clubs have relocated from their traditional homes to brand-new stadia in the last twenty years and this figure is constantly rising. The superb archive provides some 125 images recording many of these lost grounds. From the White City Stadium, once home of Queens Park Rangers, to Bristol Rovers ground Eastville, each of these grounds is illustrated with an historic shot recording the ground as it once looked. The book provides a detailed caption outlining the history of the ground and its current status.

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