The father of the current chairman, Denis Hill-Wood passed away on this day in 1982. During his twenty-three year reign, four managers had tried to restore the club to former glories, Bertie Mee delivered the double and Fairs Cup, along with three losing finals whilst Terry Neill won the FA Cup inbetween two losing finals.
Arguably, it was a difficult time to be a football club chairman, certainly in the last decade or so with attendances falling amid violence on the terraces, highlighted by the tragic events just four days previous.
Arsenal travelled to St Andrews this day and won thanks to a single goal from Chris Whyte. They finished fifth that season, losing out to Tottenham on goal difference.