Arsenal On This Day, 12th March 1931: Chapman And Hill-Wood Of The Orient.

Orient’s financial malaise had hit the news days earlier and the situation required swift action, which was taken in the board and court rooms…
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12031931 Arsenal Court

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One thought on “Arsenal On This Day, 12th March 1931: Chapman And Hill-Wood Of The Orient.

  1. The question here is: why did Orient ask Arsenal to help them out, especially as they had been so against Arsenal moving to North London in 1913?

    The answer: Orient chairman Percy Boyden.

    On 11 October 1927, Boyden bought all of William Hall’s 508 shares, as well as his daughter’s 81 shares, in Arsenal FC, making him the club’s biggest shareholder. Hall had sold his shares having been suspended from football sine die due to the investigation of Arsenal’s finances by the Football Association earlier in the year.

    Being a major shareholder in Arsenal and chairman of Orient, he obviously used his connection with Samuel Hill-Wood to try get Orient out of a sticky situation.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if there is a lot more to this story than what has been reported.

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