2006-05-10

The last Game in Highbury

Arsenal completed a good week after defeating Wigan with a 4-2 final score, but the feeling at the end of the game was not exactly happyness: Highbury closed forever and now it's part of history.

The Sunday's win over Wigan showed many emotional scenes among Gunner fans in the stadium and throughout the world as they watched the scenes on television.

So many big names will miss this stadium: Alex James, Cliff Bastin, Ted Drake, the Compton brothers Leslie and Denis, George Male, Eddie Hapgood, Wilf Copping, George Swindin, Jimmy Logie, Cliff Bastin and the recent vintage of Tony Adams, Liam Brady and Dennis Bergkamp, who won three League Championship and four FA Cup medals.

Neill, still highly regarded in the Arsenal corridors of power, said: "What struck me about Highbury when I went there was its ambience even though you had a nervous apprehension approaching the field. After all this was Highbury with its famous clock, those marble halls and, of course, the Chapman bust. Quite an awe-inspiring ordeal for a boy from Bangor.

"As a player my favourite memory was scoring a penalty against Pat Jennings in front of the North Stand and managerially it must be those four goals Malcolm Macdonald scored in the 5-3 win over Newcastle in 1976."

Also Jennings has played for both the major London clubs, and he recalls: "It was a January night, bitterly cold and it had taken us five matches to get past Third Division Sheffield Wednesday in an FA Cup game. In the first replay we were 60 seconds away from being eliminated when Liam Brady equalised to bring the old Twin Towers into focus."

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