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The Gooner - Issue 236

The Gooner - Issue 236

The Gooner - Issue 236

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Issue 236 of The Gooner from August 2013.

We’d hoped to have at least one mega-signing to adorn the front cover but at the time of going to press, none had been secured so we instead chose to celebrate the new yellow away kit which reminds us of so many past triumphs. Inside Layth Yousif remembers Charlie George 1971, Alan Sunderland 1979, Michael Thomas 1989, as well as some of the more painful memories of Arsenal’s traditional away colours.

Spurs will be our visitors at the start of September, so this issue contains a look back at a dozen Arsenal v Spurs league encounters from the past. They didn’t all result in victories for the boys in red, but there are plenty of happy memories which will bring a smile to even the most beleaguered Gooners face.

There are pieces on the dilemma of what to do with the hoard of matchday programmes built up over the years, but rarely touched, and David Oudôt considers the merits of changing the football calendar so the season runs from spring until autumn.

Phil Wall begins a regular new series on Arsenal programmes through the years, starting with 1970-71, and Sean Marland interviews the landlord of The Tollington pub (voted best Arsenal pub in The Gooner Survey) about life on matchdays.

Plus much more besides including how Dwight Hart-Lane coped with watching the Gooners finish fourth, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox and a special In the Away End which delves into the murky world of Spurs fans forums on the last day of last season.