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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845961046
ISBN-10: 1845961048
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 154mm x 24mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith is an award-winning journalist, stadium consultant and businessman. He has written over 100 books, including statistical histories and sports yearbooks, and has worked for BBC Radio, BBC Television and Channel 4.

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