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.