Half a century previously, Walsall had been the opposition in Herbert Chapman’s last ever FA Cup tie. The same opposition would provide the last opposition for Terry Neill in a cup-tie as Arsenal manager. I was going to add, “not that we knew it at the time”. In truth we did know it.
Things had been gradually declining at Arsenal since the sale of Liam Brady and the hoped for improvement with signings such as Charlie Nicholas, was not materialising. Neill’s reign at the club limped on for less than a fortnight. Beware Walsall coming out of the hat as Arsenal’s opponents next season.
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