The end of era had been on the cards for some time. On this day in 1995, it finally came. Looking back, I find the reasons for it so utterly baffling, especially for someone who was so well aware and immersed in the history of the club. I know Graham was merely the one who was caught – more accurately, hung out to dry – and this was (is) the culture of football. We will never know if it was purely avarice that led him down this path and to be honest, it would take breathtaking honesty for Graham to ever fully explain it.
On the pitch, the success of the early years was not as forthcoming as the promise. The cup runs, yes, were there but Arsenal were further from winning the title than at any time in the preceding decade or more. Would he have been able to reinvent the Arsenal squad given time and funds? A great imponderable. This is how the day’s events were covered.