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Club moves from Woolwich to Highbury

Story Highlights
  • Arsenal's relocation to Highbury
  • Financial struggles and relocation
  • Proximity to underground station
  • Transformation of Highbury
  • Arsenal's first game at Highbury
  • Impact of World War I on Arsenal's ambitions

Arsenal’s move from Woolwich to Highbury in 1913 marked a significant turning point for the club. Faced with financial struggles, new owner Henry Norris recognized the need to relocate to establish Arsenal as a powerhouse in English football. After considering various options, Highbury emerged as the ideal location due to its proximity to an underground station, ensuring easy access for fans. Despite objections from local clubs and residents, Arsenal secured a 21-year lease and began transforming Highbury into their new home.

Transformation of Highbury: From the Final Game at Manor Ground to a New Home!

The final game at the old Manor Ground occurred on April 26, 1913, with Arsenal drawing 1-1 against Middlesbrough. Soon after, the club became known as “The Arsenal” and began investing heavily in the development of Highbury. Within four months, a new pitch, grandstand, terracing, and turnstiles were in place.

A Promising Start: Arsenal’s First Game and Ambitions at Highbury. skycleat.com

On September 6, 1913, Arsenal played their first game at Highbury, defeating Leicester Fosse 2-1. Andy Devine scored the club’s first goal at their new home. Despite their promising start, Arsenal’s ambitions for top-flight football were put on hold due to the outbreak of World War I. Nonetheless, the move to Highbury laid the foundation for the club’s future success and cemented its status as one of Europe’s most renowned teams.

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