Billy Wright probably looked for this fixture once he had established that a trip to Brisbane Road fulfilled his first game in charge. It is only natural that he should relish the encounter with the club that he enjoyed success as a player. Whether he was expecting his defence to be almost as porous as his attack was prolific.
This was the second of three high-scoring games early in Wright’s tenure. Three weeks previously, Arsenal had recovered from three-goal and two-goal deficits at White Hart Lane in a 4 – 4 draw. The match following this one was a 5 – 5 draw at Ewood Park.
George Eastham might have played second fiddle to Joe Baker in the scoing stakes but the England international was the creative fulcrum around which the hat-trick hero was able to prosper. It was the first treble scored by an Arsenal player during Wright’s reign.
If Wright was displeased with his charges defensive work, he did not make wholesale changes for the trip to Blackburn Rovers, future Arsenal manager Terry Neill was the only absentee from this match.