Having drawn in the original match, Chelsea and Arsenal had a quick-fire replay at White Hart lane. Arsenal emerged victorious and won the right to face Newcastle United at Wembley the following month.
1932 was a busy season in terms of consolidating the identity of Arsenal in Islington. The tube station at Gillespie Road had been renamed to Arsenal. The West Stand had opened to the public for the visit of Newcastle United on 12th November 1932, the announcement made a few days prior to that match.
This was the official opening with the match almost a sideshow. Chelsea obliged by collapsing to a 4 – 1 defeat. Interestingly, the newspapers estimated the crowd to be in the region of 60,000; officially it has been recorded at a shade over 53,000.
Arsenal One Two Five has scans of the brochure of the day.
It isn’t the highest attendance ever at an English match but the 82,905 was at the time, the highest ever at an English League match. It is now the second highest crowd at a league match, 355 more people crammed into Maine Road to watch Manchester United take on Arsenal in 1948.
Arsenal were the defending champions, trying to emulate the achievements of Huddersfield Town a decade previously in winning the title in three consecutive seasons. This was Arsenal in all its pomp and the fans were drawn to witnessing them.
It means that Arsenal have been the visiting side on all occasions a new highest attendance record has been set in the English top flight since 1933, the previous record to this being a crowd of 77,582 for their encounter with Manchester City at Maine Road that year.