The first Tottenham vs. Arsenal game was played on 19th November 1887 on Tottenham Marshes. Royal Arsenal as the Gooners were then known, had yet to move to North London so it was not actually a North London Derby but they exhibited all the traits that would become familiar to them over the years and that they still have to this very day.
After arriving ‘late’, Royal Arsenal scored an early goal and proceeded to defend their 1-0 for the rest of the game. Obviously, that indicated an early preference for the song “One nil to the Arsenal” and an approach that would become infamous a century later.
However, this proved a mistake as Tottenham scored to make it 1-1, and then notched a second to lead 2-1.
At this point with 15 mins remaining the Arsenal players began to complain to the referee about the ‘lack of light’, and the referee decided to call off the match.
I wonder what underhanded ideas Arsenal have up their sleeve for this weekend’s match?
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