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Kennedy heads title winner at the Lane

Story Highlights
  • Bertie Mee Arsenal 1971
  • Arsenal victory White Hart Lane 1971
  • Ray Kennedy header 1971
  • Arsenal league title 1971
  • Arsenal Tottenham 1971 match
  • Arsenal Double achievement 1971

On May 3, 1971, an iconic football match occurred at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur’s home. Arsenal, coached by Bertie Mee, faced their local rivals in the final game of the league season. The stakes were high. If Arsenal could secure a victory or a scoreless draw, they would clinch the league title for the first time in 18 years. However, more than any scoring draw would be required due to the rule regarding goal average in the event of teams finishing level on points.

The match saw a massive turnout, with a crowd of 51,992 squeezing into White Hart Lane and twice as many disappointed fans locked outside. The game was suspenseful, with Martin Peters threatening Tottenham while Charlie George and George Graham had near-miss opportunities for Arsenal.

The turning point came three minutes before the end of the match. Arsenal’s John Radford attempted a shot on goal, only for it to be saved by the skilled Pat Jennings. However, George Armstrong managed to get the ball and sent it across the goal. Ray Kennedy rose to the occasion and headed the ball past Jennings, hitting the underside of the bar to score.

While this was a moment of triumph for Arsenal, it also meant that any goal from Tottenham would deny them the championship. As Kennedy recalled, the three minutes following his plan were the longest he had ever known. Despite Tottenham’s last-ditch attempts, Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson deftly managed the situation.

When the final whistle sounded, it signaled the beginning of Arsenal’s celebrations. Finally, they had done it; they were champions for the eighth time in their history. This victory was lovely for the Gunners as it occurred at the home ground of their arch-rivals. However, the joy didn’t stop there. Five days later, they would complete a league and cup Double, replicating Tottenham’s feat from ten years prior.

This great game at White Hart Lane remains a cherished memory for Arsenal fans, as it symbolized a critical victory over their fierce rivals and the crowning of a season that would etch its place in the annals of Arsenal’s history.

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