Arsenal’s Opening Day Clanger On This Day, 21st August 1976

It wasn’t meant to be this way. Bristol City had returned to the top flight for the first time in decades, well over half-a-century. They were the sacrificial lambs at the Highbury slaughter. Arsenal would show them no mercy, especially with the newly-signed Malcolm MacDonald making his home debut.I mean, how could a team that fielded a player with the surname Cheesley expect to win?

Pundits three decades ago knew as much about the game as their heirs nowadays. Bristol City left North London speechless and returned home with both points.

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