|St Totteringham's Day|
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St Totteringham's Day was the day when Arsenal fans celebrate the fact that Tottenham can no longer catch Arsenal in the League. It is a movable feast, but usually falls in March, April or May. It was the day to collect on bets made by over-optimistic Spurs fans in the close season who think that "this is the year".
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Sat, 13 Jan 2018
I think most Arsenal fans know the significance of the number 18 when it comes to gaps between our league titles. 18 years is the longest gap between titles since we first won it back in 1931. It has happened twice, either side of the Bertie Mee 1971 double team.
However these gaps usually had several managers (in the 1953-1971 we had Whittaker, Crayston, Swindin, Wright and Mee; in the second gap Mee, Neill, Howe, and Graham (and Burtenshaw as caretaker)). So I thought which managers have had the longest dry runs in the league for Arsenal.
Ignoring caretakers and those who had under three seasons...
Manager Seasons Then what? Years without a title Neill 1976-1983 left job in 7th season 7 Chapman 1925-1931 won in sixth season 6 Bradshaw 1899-1904 left job in fifth season 5 Whittaker 1948-1953 Won in 5th season 5 Mee 1966-1971 Won in 5th season 5 1971-1976 left job after 5th season 5 Kelso 1904-1908 left job in 4th season 4 Swindin 1958-1962 left job in 4th season 4 Wright 1962-1966 left job after 4th season 4 Graham 1991-1995 left job in 4th season 4 Allison 1938-1947 Left job after three seasons 3 Howe 1983-1986 left job in third season 3
Of course one person is missing. If Wenger doesn't win the league this season (and noone thinks he will) then it'll be 14 years. Surely this is indulging him to excess if we are still a club which starts with the ambition of winning the league?
A small footnote: 1938-1947 only covered three full seasons. 1938/9, 1945/6 and 1946/7.
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