Arsenal Put On The Map On This Day, 5th November 1932

The London Underground map, that is. Prior to this day, Arsenal supporters and their visiting counterparts had alighted at Gillespie Road station. Herbert Chapman persuaded the powers that be to amend their maps, signage and materials at huge cost to reflect the name of Arsenal. It is as clear a signal of the club’s success at the time as any silverware.

The remnants of the station’s previous identity are readily seen in the tiling on the platforms but it remains the only tube station named after a football club, geographical areas defining other stops close to grounds. Of course, it helps that there is no area called Arsenal in Islington.

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