Sometimes an opportunity presents itself that is too good to miss, no matter the historical significance. This one is pure Hollywood: Billy Elliott scoring the winner as Second Division (The Championship in today’s money) won at the League leaders – and soon to be crowned Champions – home ground.
Arsenal had led the First Division since winning at Sheffield United on 30th August 1947, a position they never ceded from that point. Or those points, if you like. Bradford Park Avenue meanwhile had won at Chesterfield on that day, the last time they would do so before leaving The Dell with maximum points on 27th December, the away game prior to this cup tie.
The omens were not in Arsenal’s favour. On this day in 1914, Bradford City had knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup with a 2 – 0 victory in the First Round. This win resonated around the world although I wonder how long the denizens of Edmonton in Canada were under the illusion that Bradford City had beaten Arsenal?