Arsenal And The Case Of The Mysterious Tour Of The USA On This Day, 19th April 1930

A hard line taken by the United States Football Association against Arsenal as they apparently tried to take advantage of a presumably more lucrative (and cheaper to fund) tour of Europe. Except there is no record beyond this clipping (and an almost identical piece in the same day’s Daily Mirror) of any tour to the USA. None of histories of the club refer to any such tour nor any books by players and staff at the time, as far as I can tell.

Bob Wall’s book devoted a chapter to the international tours by the club during his time at the club and there is no mention of this or the subsequent cancellation which must have taken place.

Had Arsenal even agreed to the tour or were the USFA subject of a dupe, unscrupulous persons posing as Arsenal officials? If Arsenal did pay damages, how much. It might be calculable from the financial statements of that time? A bit more digging to be done.

It would be interesting to find a conclusion to this. The club has no immediately available record of it nor has the USFA been able to shed any light as of yet.

What we do know is that Arsenal did not tour in 1930, playing only a post-season friendly on 5th May at Northampton when Cliff Bastin scored his first hat-trick for the club in the 7 – 0 win but that’s a story for another day.

19041930 USAFA Refuse to release Arsenal from their USA Tour obligations