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 Whittaker leads Arsenal to sixth title

Story Highlights
  • World War II interruption
  • Tom Whittaker's leadership
  • 1947/48 championship triumph
  • Ronnie Rooke, the prolific striker
  • High attendance: Arsenal vs Manchester United
  • Joe Mercer's captaincy
Arsenal’s domination of the 1930s was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. When professional football resumed in 1946, Arsenal struggled and almost got relegated in 1947, finishing 13th, 16 points behind the champions, Liverpool. George Allison, who had continued Herbert Chapman’s work, retired, and Tom Whittaker took over as Secretary-Manager. Under Whittaker’s leadership, Arsenal bounced back in the 1947/48 season and regained the championship they had won five times in the 1930s. Moreover, they led the title race from start to finish, seven points clear of Manchester United.

World War II interruption!

A notable moment was Arsenal’s match against Manchester United on January 17, 1948, which drew a crowd of 81,962, one of the highest attendances for a league game in England.
1947/48 championship triumph.

Whittaker played a significant role in Arsenal’s triumph, but Ronnie Rooke, the prolific striker, received much praise. He won the Golden Boot with 33 goals, including four in the final game of the season, an 8-0 victory over Grimsby at Highbury. Rooke and goalkeeper George Swindin played in every game that season.
Joe Mercer’s captaincy!
Reg Lewis scored 14 goals during the campaign, and Joe Mercer captained the side while Leslie Compton fulfilled his cricket duties. Mercer performed well, and Compton insisted he kept the captaincy when he switched from cricket to football at the end of the cricket season.

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