Why I Hate Arsenal: Part 1

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Rivalries have always been part of sport, it many cases it can define a sport, a match or even a moment. Rivalries have always been in football, whether it’s the El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate. Or derbies in this country that create mass media attention e.g. North-West, Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne-Wear etc. There is always a special feeling when you play one of your rivals, there is nothing quite like it. Now some Spurs fans may have a big hatred for Chelsea or West Ham. I have noticed a minority of fans who would class West Ham as our biggest rival. For me personally, there is only one true rival we have… Arsenal. They are the enemy to me, I cannot stand them. I hate everything about them: the colour, the stadium, the players and even more… the fans. Even the word can make me feel slightly uncomfortable. This article will explain why I hate the Woolwich more than any other team. Part 1 looks at the history of the rivalry mainly dating back to the very early years (1913-1928).

It all goes back to 1913. There we were in North London. We were well established, well supported and successful. One FA Cup to our name, The only non-league team to win the FA Cup in 1901 (and most probably the only ever) we had large control over the area… until a certain team from South London by the name of Woolwich Arsenal decided to move from South London to North London (it is believed they moved to the more wealthy Highbury area due to better transport links). They had no right to move. We protested to the Football League about this decision but it fell on deaf ears. It is alleged that Arsenal had shady dealings and a close friendship with the Football League and that is how the move went through. We have never moved, they have. No matter how many times they say ‘North London is ours’ the fact is it will never be pure or true. Before 1913 the word ‘Arsenal’ did not exist in Islington. There were no roads, buildings or parks that had Arsenal in them. By moving just four miles from White Hart Lane, this is when the rivalry was truly born.

Then six years later in 1919, the rivalry got a lot more intense. League football was suspended from 1914-1918 due to the First World War. The Football League decided to expand the league from 20 teams to 22. The logical method would have been to just promote the two teams at the top of the Second Division at the time league football was suspended. But Henry Norris the Arsenal chairman had another idea, he proposed that Arsenal should be promoted instead. A vote took place, they received 18 votes, we received 9. To add insult to injury, the clubs that finished above Arsenal (Barnsley and Wolves) received even fewer votes (both 5). It is alleged that Henry Norris bribed the Football League chairman, John McKenna to achieve this result. Apparently McKenna urged the committee to vote for Arsenal on the basis they had been league members 15 years longer than us! If that is not corruption, I don’t know what is! For someone who should be acting impartial as league chairman this is behavior that would simply not be accepted in a modern society (well at least in this country anyway). Shameful behavior. It is obvious that something ‘dodgy’ e.g. a bribe, took place behind closed doors for this to occur. Because of this a team that finished fifth in the Second Division was promoted. How can a team that has finished fifth be promoted ahead of a team that finished third and fourth? That doesn’t sit quite right with me. Essentially, they never earned the right to be in the top flight. They were promoted in 1919 and since then they have never been relegated or even been punished for it. How is that fair? They kicked us out of the First Division. We were therefore relegated but bounced straight back up the following year when we won the Second Division in 1919-20 in style by breaking the points record. Instantly earning our place back in the First Division as legitimately as possible without any money changing hands behind closed doors for it to happen. Something that Arsenal have never done.

You would think that the events of 1913 and 1919 would have been enough for us to stomach. We had been invaded and quite frankly screwed out of a First Division place. But the Woolwich were at it again in 1928. In the 1927-28 season, Arsenal were in mid-table while we were in a relegation battle. They had nothing to play for. So what could they do to keep themselves entertained until the end of the season? The rumour is that Arsenal intentionally lost matches against Burnley and Portsmouth to give those teams a greater chance of survival and increasing our chances of relegation. And that’s exactly what happened. For the second time in nine years we were relegated because of alleged Arsenal scheming. What’s even worse is that we would remain in the Second Division for five seasons and after finally gaining promotion to the First Division again in the 1932-33 season, Arsenal won their 2nd First Division title in that same season. In a division that they never deserved to play in or most importantly earned the right to be in.

Corruption seems to be a common theme in this period of history for Arsenal. It is evident on three separate occasions (1913, 1919 & 1928). What’s funny is that Arsenal fans will claim this corruption is a load of nonsense and unproven rumours. Well maybe they can explain why Henry Norris was banned from football for life in 1929? Entirely coincidental isn’t it? This is one of the main reasons why I hate Arsenal. The corruption, cheating, bribery and most importantly the injustice this caused us. Whereas we never did anything immoral and always acted in a professional and fair manner. That’s why I’m glad I support a team that doesn’t have such a corrupt history.

This concludes Part 1 of Why I Hate Arsenal. I will have Part 2 ready soon. I hope you enjoyed reading Part 1 and I hope you enjoy Part 2.

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    • What an absolute penis. You hate arsenal because of something that happened a 100 years ago. You weren’t even alive then. Mind you you weren’t even alive when Spurs last won the league. Must be awful for lot looking up at us season in season out. Enjoy the Europa you mugs

  1. Hahahahah You know what? I don't even hate you guys any more because we're not really rivals anymore. Don't get me wrong you're mostly a bunch of knuckle draggers, but that doesn't warrant the abject hatred you seem to have.
    As long as you guys keep wasting your transfer money as you normally do then you lot can continue hating us and we'll continue finishing above you

  2. One of the reasons I hate Arsenal is because their fans have a weird obsession with focusing on talking/writing about us. And now you’re making it look like we do the same about them. Sigh.

  3. Why I hate Arsenal – Part 1

    Because I'm a bitter bitter little man who supports a shite team ??????


    • Forever in out shadow now that's a new one! how original of you lol….couldn't think of anything yourself? With all the money you have, massive expensive squad and big stadium and all you have won is 2 recent FA cups in 11 years, AFC are laughable! 2 FA cups in 11 years yes that is really in your shadow haha. Your in Chelsea's shadow! BTW how many times did you beat us last season?

      • Well,what have the spuds won.you got rid of the best manager for the club (sherwood) and the only asset you have is Kane, and he wont be staying.

  4. It looks to me, given the time that has elapsed since the events you write about, that you are looking for some justification for a hatred that is more likely to be based on pure jealousy. Since the great years of the early sixties, Spurs have by comparison to Arsenal, been badly mismanaged as has been clearly demonstrated by results.


  5. I personally think over the past few years they have consistently played the most entertaining football in the country.Their ground is excellent and the club is really well run…….its just the arrogant shits that follow them that make me want to puke.

    • They haven't got the wit to be arrogant..just a bunch of trolls with the mind set of an 8 year old. I think most Spurs fans would agree with your summing up about Arsenal football club and too right its only the bone headed, big mouthed, no brains supporters we hate.

  6. Why you hate Arsenal…

    Because they are your local rivals but are a bigger and better club.

    It's much more concise than that ancient history that you were spouting about.

  7. I can't honestly say that I read the whole article… I will in due time. Just wanted to pull you up on your first point. In 1913 Spurs were in MIddlesex, not North London. In fact the area around WHL didn't become a part of London until after 1961.. check it out. So you see Spurs were not the first team in North London. Arsenal Were. This also means that only two London teams have ever won the double.. Not three, not Spurs.

    • So what that Middlesex wasn't in North London? The fact is that we have NEVER moved. You have. We are we where should be. Your club doesn't belong in Islington, it belongs in South London. Because that's where it was FOUNDED. We play where we were founded, you DON'T. That's the difference.

  8. There is some historical truths in your post although bitterly written, but when enough time passes we all love the idea of having a Genghis Kahn or Jack the Ripper in our family history, just makes us more interesting than truly dull.

  9. Can you explain why Arsenal would deliberately lose the games against Portsmouth and Burnley in 1928 to get Tottenham relegated when:

    a) Arsenal played Burnley home and away in August & September and

    b) Arsenal played Portsmouth in March with 10 games to go and Tottenham were above Arsenal at the time?

    I reckon that even the most biased fan can see the flaw in that argument.

    BTW Henry Norris was banned from football in 1927, not 1929. One of the reasons was for paying players a signing on fee in excess of that allowed.

    Mind you, this sort of thing wasn’t new. Tottenham had their ground closed in 1893 for paying an amateur player.

    And as for bribery, take a look at the circumstances behind Tottenham’s attempt to gain election to the Football League in 1908.

    • Well looking at Tottenham's election to the Football League, I can see no evidence of anything corrupt. The same can't be said for Arsenal…

  10. Armadillo
    We were formed under a lampost in Tottenham if you care to research that but you keep clutching at them straws to try to forget AFC are a south London club, where were AFC formed? not anywhere near North London.

  11. Stupid article and I'm a Spud. No need to stoke the fire with this sort of nonsense, Arsenal are the best team in N London at the moment because they are well run and managed whilst we are nothing more than a vehicle to raise money for ENIC and their greedy shareholders, and Levy is a time waster. Things might change when the new stadium is built and we can fully realise our potential, hopefully our young squad coming to fruition at around the same time, but until then stop baiting the gooners and get used to it.

  12. Is it a fluke that they came up from 2 division with just being in 5th place at the table? It should not have been possible in these days.
    The story of Henry Norris would be interesting to follow. Corruption is a type of crime that rarely made public. Therefore, it is difficult to find clear evidence. Unless someone has reports and evidence from police authorities. Pity but also true.
    About assertion that arse'al should be involved in that tottenham relegated in 1928 is our own fault. If we had won the other matches. We would not have been dependent on other match results.
    Rivalry is good for teams. It creates feelings of belonging to their own team. Rivalry between neighbors could create tensions between the clubs.
    But since arse'al has won some titles, they have begun to lose their own creativity. Call them what you will, but they behave as bad winners. Their confidence has gone up to their heads. They do not deserve my respect anymore.
    But football has gone from being healthy rivalry to hateful rivalry. Something is wrong!

  13. King Mide : If you care to take off your gasmask you will see London isn’t red,but blue at the moment due to Chelski being top dogs! Dillusional Arsenholes as ever !

  14. scum team, scum fans, scum scum scum ! cant even stand to write the word! was born to follow gods own team TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR and at the same time not even recognise this shower. They must be the most hated club all over the land. Wouldnt lose sleep if they ceased to exist and were never heard of again. EVER!

  15. ok…..

    there is no evidence of Arsenal's corruption. yep, Sir Henry got banned for corruption, doesn't mean he got banned for anything Arsenal related, does it? so it's still unproven, and unlikely it ever will be, considering any real records must be destroyed by now.

    oh, and corruption leaves a stain…yep, after 100 years before you were born, no less….

    but then by your logic, Rangers isn't a big club (bigger than Spurs…) because they got punished for irregularities. Juve got punished, real Madrid, Barca, have been punished. I think Spurs fans need to see life in less black and white terms….like you probably think Germany is an overall shitty country because of the Third Reich haha.

    But then Arsenal is a club, by virtue of its name, that glorifies war and violence. OK. So who was Sir Harry Hotspur? His profession shows you "glorify war" also, does it not?


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