Promotion Heartbreak For Arsenal On This Day, 25th April 1914

Sir Henry Norris almost did not need his infamous political skills to negotiate Woolwich Arsenal into the First Division. Hindsight shows that had Arsenal scored three more goals, it would have been they not Bradford City who were promoted with Notts County from Division Two.

This match is notable for other reasons. On the day that Burnley defeated Liverpool in the FA Cup Final, Arsenal played their final match before the outbreak of The Great War in July 1914, although League football was to continue for one more season before regionalisation of the game.

Glossop North End were an interesting opponent with several coincidences becoming apparent after the event, not least of which is the ownership of the Derbyshire club had been under the ownership of future Arsenal patriarch, the then plain Samuel Hill-Wood. It is unclear the exact date at which he divested himself of his interest in the club although it seems likely to have been around this time.

How much he invested is unclear but it seems to have been around £30,000; reports suggest that the cotton mill business that he owned was struggling and being benefactor to the club was financially impossible. Glossop survived one more season in professional football before folding at the end of the 1914-15 season.

Hill-Wood was a fascinating sporting figure. As well as football, he was a cricketer for Derbyshire, played rugby league and owned the 1910 Waterloo Cup winning greyhound, Heavy Weapon. All this and co-founding the local golf club too.

 

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