It’s fairly safe to assume that the reactions today to three penalties in one match would be less magnanimous than fifty years ago. Terry Anderson scored his first goal for Arsenal in this match, making it an afternoon to remember for him whilst Terry Neill would have one to forget in conceding two penalties. One was dubious judging by these snippets, with Billy Hodgson of Sheffield United labelled a “spectacular “faller”” in the report.
Arsenal were in good form going into this match. Since dropping to seventeenth following a 0 – 3 reverse at Nottingham Forest, they had lost just three of the following sixteen League matches to rise to seventh place, a place they would eventually occupy come the season’s end.
The signing of David Jack is Arsenal folklore. About the only thing which can be said to be indisputable is the £10,890 fee (£3.45m in 2012) that almost doubled the world record at that time.
Jack had made his debut in late October against Newcastle United – what quirk of fate so often sets them as the opposition in notable games in Arsenal’s history – at St James Park but had to wait until this match, his second home appearance (fourth in total) before breaking his duck. He would score another 25 in all competitions in 1928/29, 25 in 31 League appearances alongside a solitary goal in the 2 – 0 FA Cup 4th Round win over Mansfield Town at Highbury.