Arsenal Fall To Spartak Again On This Day, 9th November 1954

Interestingly, the referee was Russian. Was it certain that the return match would won by the visitors, an attempt to thaw the Cold War or just plain old mistrust of Western officials?

Anyhow, this performance was a lot better than the first match in Moscow in October when Arsenal had been humbled. In this match, they fared better under the floodlights at Highbury in front of 66,000 of their own fans. Still lost, mind you but 1 – 2 is rather more closer than 0 – 5!

1 thought on “Arsenal Fall To Spartak Again On This Day, 9th November 1954

  1. This game saw the demise of Jimmy Logie’s Arsenal career. He had been made captain shortly after the season started following Joe Mercer’s retirement. Logie was so incensed with the referee’s decisions during this game that he refused to shake his hand after the game. The Arsenal board decided that this was not the Arsenal way and Logie was stripped of the captaincy and dropped for the following game. He returned for one more first team game and played in two reserve games before he was sold to Gravesend of the Southern League in February 1955.

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