As One Era Ends, Another Begins For Arsenal On This Day, 30th April 1974

Not quite the start of a new era but a signal of intent.

As the youthful Liam Brady scored his first senior goal for the club, Bob Wilson played his final match in an Arsenal shirt. I suspect that only one of the two gentlemen in question would be happy with the photographs used.

Brady though would perhaps be more pleased with game. He scored his first Arsenal goal having come on as subsitute for Alan Ball whilst I am sure that Bob would have wanted to sign off with a clean sheet.


Wilson continued the long line of excellent Arsenal goalkeepers and was a pivotal player in the success of the 1968 – 73 period. The parallels with today and the struggle to replace Seaman are uncanny. For Barnett, Rimmer and Wood read Almunia, Shabaan, Manninger.

Hopefully we can read Szczesny as a reminder of Jennings over the coming seasons.

As if these were not enough of a reason for both to remember the fixture, Alan Ball broke his leg by, in his own words, sitting on it. That injury kept the England midfielder out of his country’s end of season tour; the FA had to do something given England’s failure to qualify for the World Cup finals in West Germany that summer.

Whilst that match ended Wilson’s footballing career, this encounter with Pan’s People ended his musical career much earlier. It is uncanny how much alike Geoff Barnett and Manuel Almunia look.

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