20 years ago…

Twenty years ago to this very date, something very special happened. In what was mission impossible, Arsenal managed to do the impossible and win 2-0 away at Anfield to win the league. Prior to the game, Arsenal trailed Liverpool by 3 points and goal difference on top of that. Coming into the match, we were on 73 points and a goal difference of +35, whilst Liverpool were 3 points ahead on 76 points and a goal difference of +39 - but having scored more throughout the season, it meant one thing:

We needed to win and to win by a two goal margin.

Picture it, having taken the lead in the second half thanks to an Alan Smith header, we’d just entered stoppage time. With what was the last attack of the game, Michael Thomas burst through from midfield running through via a Alan Smith flick on, the ball bounced and Thomas nicked it over the keeper to make it 2-0 in the last few seconds of the game.

The title was ours!

Competition Time #2

londonEven though we already have one competition running until the end of the month, to commemorate the grand occasion, the World of Arsenal have teamed up with Masters Football make this memory even more special.

Yes, courtesy of our friends at Masters Football, we have FIVE pairs of tickets to give away for the Screwfix London Masters Cup at Wembley Arena on Saturday 20th June 2009.

Ray Parlour will be captaining a side consisting of Arsenal legends such as Michael Thomas, Nigel Winterburn, Anders Limpar, Stefan Schwarz, David Hillier, Steve Morrow, Vince Bartram and Jimmy Carter as the Gunners look to take the title off holders West Ham. It’s going to be an awesome event and I simply can’t wait!

The big question is…

Who was in goal for Arsenal for the epic match between Liverpool and Arsenal all those years ago?

a) David Seaman

b) John Lukic

c) Bob Wilson

d) Pat Jennings

Send your answers to competition [at] worldofarsenal [dot] co [dot] uk - of course, replacing the [at]’s and [dot]’s with the correct symbols with the subject, “Masters Football” – the competition closes on Sunday the 7th June and the winners will be announced on Monday 8th June!

Tune In Tonight!

That game happened 20 years ago to this very date – tonight our Under 18′s travel to Anfield to take on their youth counterparts in the FA Youth Cup final second leg – we’re 4-1 from the first leg so it’s a completely different game. Tonight’s game is live on Setanta Sports 1, so if you can, tune in and see the boys in action.]]>

  • chris

    20 years ago today was the best day in the club’s history as far as I’m concerned. We had lead the League throughout the season, but had run out of puff by April. I really thought that we’d lost it when Derby beat us 2-1 at Highbury. (I always hated Dean Saunders after that game) But the emotion of Friday 26th May 2009 will stay with me forever. The match was played in the context of the Hillsborough disaster. Liverpool had also won the FA Cup so were going for the Double. We Gooners had drawn our last home match in an agonising, nailbiting 2-2 draw with Wimbledon. Was it me or can anyone alse remember Richardson taking about 12 corners in the last 5 mins? I was sitting my A levels at the time, but all I could concentrate on the whole day was the match in the evening. I worked out what team I would have picked. I dreamt of how we’d get the 2 goal advantage, what the HT and FT score would be. I shut my eyes and saw Adams lifting the trophy. I don’t think I’ve ever been so emotionally charged watching a game on TV. I’ve never felt so tense. It ended up with my younger sister watching it in her room, my parents watching it downstairs. I was far too nervy to watch it with anyone so I watched it on the TV in my parents’ room. I can remember shouting whem Smudger scored, but then scared it would not be given. I screamed when Thomas hit it straight at Grobbelaar after 75 mins as I thought that was our chance gone. The last 5 mins were just agony and bloody ITV kept the ticking down clock on the screen. I yelled at the tele for them to take it off. And then the tears started to well up in my eyes as it began to hit me we might not do it. I just sat in silence crying as 90 mins approached. Next thing I knew Thomas was one on one. “hit it Mickey, hit it” I sreamed. And then the ecstasy. Throughout the Aw years, 3 jobs and 2 marriages – I don’t think I’ve ever had such a pure release of such emotion and joy. I leapt off the bed, jumped up and down and (apparently) just kept screaming “Yes, Yes we’ve done it” I went beserk. There’s still evidence of the crack in the loung ceiling from when I jumped off the bed. Next morning I apololised to the neighbours for the noise fromthe night before. I was on a high for about a week. Having seen the game again many times now the best images are the Arsenal players taking flowers to the liverpool fans, McMahon raising his finger telling all that there was 1 minute left, Rocky’s clenched fist and the look on his face when he won the free kick for the 1st goal, GG walking up the Anfield stairs with the trophy. So what were other posters doing 20 years ago? What are your memories? And do you think it was our greatest day?

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[That YouTube video was amazing, gave me goosebumps!

    Good luck to the boys tonight...!]]>

  • Yemi

    20 yrs ago we had no opportunity to watch premiership matches in africa and only heard of teams like man u, leeds, sheffield, wimbledon an my uncle (regular traveller to UK) was a watford fan. no visual contact then just hearsay

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