Arsenal Football Club Dominated the FA Cup in the 1930s

The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world. In 1872, Wanderers Football Club won the first title in the history of FA Cup football. The record for the most wins is held by Manchester United with 11 triumphs, followed by Arsenal with 10 and Tottenham Hotspur with 8. The trophy is held by Wigan Athletic, who defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the 2013 final.

FA Cup Football in the 1930s

Many teams were regularly in the Finals of the 1930s. Arsenal played three finals. The Gunners won two and lost one. Portsmouth, Manchester City, Preston and West Bromwich Albion all played two finals, winning one and losing one. The finals at Wembley Stadium were well attended in the 1930s. No Final had fewer than 92,000 spectators. The 1939 Final between Portsmouth and Wolves was the most popular game with 99.370 spectators.

Club of the decade: Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886. The Gunners lost 1-0 against Cardiff in the 1927 Final. Three years later they were back at Wembley as winners. Arsenal defeated Huddersfiled 2-0 and won their first FA Cup. Two years later they lost to Newcastle in the Final but in the 1936 Final they were winners again. Arsenal won 1-0 against Sheffield United

Player of the decade: Ted Drake scored the only goal when Arsenal defeated Sheffield in the 1936 Final. Drake was a great goal scorer. To this day he holds the record for the most goals scored in the history of first division football in England, scoring seven goals against Aston Villa in December 1935. Arsenal won that game at Villa Park 7-1. With 139 goals in 184 games, Drake is fifth all-time scorer for The Gunners. However, he has better goal average than the number one on the list Thierry Henry (0.755 goals per game vs. 0.606 goals per game).

Results and Scorers FA Cup Finals 1930-39

1930 FA Cup Final (Wembley Stadium)

Arsenal – Huddersfield Town 2-0

1-0 James 16′, 2-0 Lambert 88′

1931 Final (Wembley)

West Bromwich Albion – Birmingham 2-1

1-0 W. G. Richardson 25′, 1-1 Bradford 57′, 2-1 W. G. Richardson 58′

1932 Final (Wembley)

Newcastle United – Arsenal 2-1

0-1 John 15′, 1-1 Allen 38′, 2-1 Allen 72′

1933 Final (Wembley)

Everton – Manchester City 3-0

1-0 Stein 41′, 2-0 Dean 52′, 3-0 Dunn 80′

1934 Final (Wembley)

Manchester City – Portsmouth 2-1

0-1 Rutherford 28′, 1-1 Tilson 74′, 2-1 Tilson 88′

1935 Final (Wembley)

Sheffield Wednesday – West Bromwich Albion 4-2

1-0 Palethorpe 2′, 1-1 Boyes 21′, 2-1 Hooper 70′, 2-2 Sandford 75′, 3-2 Rimmer 85′, 4-2 Rimmer 89′

1936 Final (Wembley)

Arsenal – Sheffield United 1-0

1-0 Drake 74′

1937 Final (W. Stadium)

Sunderland – Preston North End 3-1

0-1 O’Donnell 44′, 1-1 Gurney 52′, 2-1 Carter 72′, 3-1 Eddie 85′

1938 Final (W. Stadium)

Preston North End – Huddersfield Town 1-0 aet

1-0 Mutch 119′(pen)

1939 Final (W. Stadium)

Portsmouth – Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1

1-0 Barlow 29′, 2-0 Anderson 43′, 3-0 Parker 46′, 3-1 Dorsett 54′, 4-1 Parker 71′

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What Are Arsenal’s Chances In The English Premiership This Seaon?

With the departure of Thierry Henry for Barcelona FC, most people would have written off Arsenal at the start of the season as a team in transition. However so far Arsenal has proven the detractors wrong by winning 3 games and drawing 1 game. Thus staying in the hunt for another league title.

The main reason behind this I believe is due to Arsene Wenger and the belief or confidence he has instilled into his young charges. For the last few seasons, it would seen that detractors always view Arsenal as being goners due to the fact that key players for the team keeping departing such as Patrick Vieria for Juventus and Henry to Barcelona. However looking carefully at the team Mr Wenger has assembled since he arrived in Arsenal, it is not hard to find a replacement ready to step up to plate.

In defence, with the additional of Sagna, it seen to make the defence more complete as compared to last season. The central pairing of Toure with Gallas or Senderos looking promising. As for wing back positions, Sagna provides competition to Diaby, Flamini, Eboue and Clichy. Only in goal, Jens Lehmann seen to be weak link, conceding two unnecessary goals so far. Thus with the additional of Polish Goalkeeper Fabianski, there is an option for Wenger to switch if necessary.

Next to the midfield. This is in my opinion the strongest element of Arsenal’s team. In centre of the park, there are Csec Fabregas and the veteran Gilberto. In the wings, there are Hleb, Rosicky and Walcott to choose from. The playmaker here is Fabregas who has risen to fill the gap left by Henry. Looking at it, it would be Fabregas to bring Arsenal forward in next few seasons especially with Wenger agreeing to a new three years deal. And with the addition of Diarra from Chelsea, it looks like a strong midfield for the Gunners.

Finally upfront. When Henry left for Barcelona, Mr Wenger did not purchase a big name to replace, but instead he opted for the Brazilian born Croatian Da Silva. It may be part of Wenger’s plan or gamble. However reviewing Wenger’s track record of developing superstar from normal player such as Henry or Nicholas Anelka, it would be hardly surprising. Furthermore, Van Persie back from injury joining Adebayor, Da Silva and Bendtner up front, Arsenal has a strong or equal strike force to the other Big Three Teams in the EPL.

So far, the performance of Arsenal is still a joy to watch as they dish out passing attacking football for all to see. Hence if Arsenal can maintain the form and avoid key injuries, then at end of may, they should be around the summit of the EPL.

What a future hold for the Gunners.

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Beautiful Barcelona – Easy Travel Guide

Beautiful city of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia (a Spain’s province), is situated on on the shore of the Mediterranean sea and bordered at either end by 2 river deltas. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after its capital city Madrid. Barcelona has a population of 1.5 million, over 4 million including suburbs. The varied, eventful history of the city dates back 4,000 years to the first settlements by ancient farmers. Later it became a Roman colony, the Visigoth’s capital city, then it came under Moorish rule. It went through sieges, destructions and occupations, finally to become an autonomous democracy 1975. The city has always played an important role in political and cultural life of Spain and it is well reflected in the variety and quality of historical buildings, museums, many other tourist attractions. Today Barcelona is one of the most diverse european cities with unique culture and rich traditions. You can find here a formidable balance of the traditional things and the avant-garde. A cosmopolitan metropolis, Barcelona affords visitors a warm and sincere welcome, being aknowledged worldwide as one of the best tourist-friendly cities in Europe.Barcelona’s organisation of the 1992 Olympics provided regeneration of this dynamic city, gave a fresh start to its infrastructure development.

WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE:

POINTS OF INTEREST – La Rambla is a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard packed with buskers, living statues, mimes and itinerant salespeople selling everything from lottery tickets to jewellery. Pavement cafes and stands selling craftwork, street performers surrounded by curious onlookers, a noisy bird market, Palau de la Virreina, a grand 18th-century rococo mansion, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the famous 19th-century opera house- these are all colourful parts of La Rambla’s mosaic. La Rambla ends at the lofty Monument a Colom (Monument to Columbus) and the harbour.

Barri Gotic – also known as Gothic Quarter, it is the old part of the city. Picasso lived and worked in Barri Gotic from 1895 to 1904 and Joan Miro was born and lived here during his youth. Gothic Quarter is situated on the right hand side of the La Rambla, it contains a concentration of medieval tall Gothic buildings (14-15th century) on narrow cobbled streets and now is home to much of the city’s nightlife.

La Sagrada Familia – La Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous and magnificent among Barcelona’s landmarks. The life’s work of Barcelona’s famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, the magnificent spires of the unfinished cathedral imprint themselves boldly against the sky with swelling outlines inspired by the holy mountain Montserrat. Above each facade there are four towers, 12 in total, which are dedicated to the Apostles. The tower in the center, the tallest of all at 170 m., is dedicated to Jesus Christ. Around these there are the towers of the four Evangelists, and the tower over the apse is dedicated to the Virgin. They are encrusted with a tangle of sculptures that seem to breathe life into the stone. Gaudi died in 1926 before his masterwork was completed, and since then, controversy has continually dogged the building program. Nevertheless, the southwestern (Passion) facade, is almost done, and the nave, begun in 1978, is progressing.

La Pedrera – Casa Mila (Mila House) is an apartment building, the last example of Gaudi’s civil architecture.It is one of his finest and most ambitious creations, extraordinarily innovative in its functional, constructive, and ornamental aspects. Visitors can tour the building and go up to the roof, where they can see spectacular views of Barcelona. One floor below the roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaudi’s work.

Montjuic – the largest open space in the city, its main attractions are the Olympic installations, the Spanish Village and the hilltop fortress. Montjuic, the hill overlooking the city centre from the southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks and the main group of 1992 Olympic sites. Montjuic is covered in ornamental gardens with water features and is the most popular destination in Barcelona on Sundays.

Tibidabo – is the highest hill in the wooded range that forms the backdrop to Barcelona. It has amazing views of the whole of Barcelona, a stunning cathedral, and a family fun park Parc d’Atraccions with old-style rides offering breathtaking views. A glass lift at the park goes 115m (383 ft) up to a visitors’ observation area at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower.

Modernisme – spectacular modernista architectural creations dotted around the city by famous Antoni Gaudi and his contemporaries.

Camp Nou – home of F.C. Barcelona, one of Europe’s leading soccer teams, with capacity of almost 100,000 spectators.

The Seu Cathedral – Built in medieval times on the site of a Roman temple, La Seu is one of the great Gothic buildings in Spain.

Parc de la Ciutadella – Barcelona’s favourite park and a Sunday afternoon rendezvous for families, friends and ducks

The Sardana – traditional Catalan dance, performed outside the cathedral and at national festivals, with everyone encouraged to join in.

MUSEUMS – The Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art -the only museum in Europe devoted exclusively to Pre-Columbian cultures. Housed in a gothic palace, its collection is one of the finest of its kind and gives visitors an insight into the rich world of the earliest cultures on the American continent. This tiny museum contains one hundred pieces, including wood and stone sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, jade, often found in international exhibitions and prestige publications. The exhibits represented the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Mochica and Inca civilisations.

Palau de la Musica Catalana – one of the world’s most extraordinary music halls, it is a Barcelona landmark. From its polychrome ceramic ticket windows on the Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt side to its overhead busts of Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner, the Palau is the flagship of Barcelona’s Moderniste architecture.

Museu Picasso – is Barcelona’s most visited museum. 3,500 exhibits make up the permanent collection. Picasso spent several years (1901-06) in Barcelona, and this collection, is particularly strong on his early work. Displays include childhood sketches, pictures from the beautiful Rose and Blue periods, and the famous 1950s Cubist variations on Velazquez’s Las Meninas (Ladies-in-Waiting).

Gaudi Casa-Museu – Gaudi lived in this pink, Alice-in-Wonderland house from 1906 to 1926, which now houses a museum of Gaudi-designed furniture, decorations, drawings, and portraits and busts of the architect.

Fundacio Miro – it was a gift from the famous artist Joan Miro to his native city. The museum opened in 1975, and now it is one of Barcelona’s most exciting showcases of contemporary art.

BEACHES – One of Barcelona’s greatest draws is undeniably its beautiful beaches. Beside world-famous Costa Brava and Costa Dorada which are within 1-hr drive time from Barcelona, there are also several nice beaches over 4 km long within the city boundaries, we will list just several of them here: Nova Icaria- Closest to the Olympic marina, always crowded, this wide swathe of rough golden sand is great for food goers. There are three perfect beach bars and two very popular restaurants on the promenade (Mango and Chiringuito de Moncho) and countless bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away. Bogatell- This beach is twice the length of adjoining Nova Icaria and fringed by a stretch of stone walkway perfect for jogging, roller blading and cycling. Three large informal restaurants on the promenade. Mar Bella (Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica, plus 20-minute walk)- Barcelona’s only naturist beach close to a peaceful park – good for a picnic or siesta under the trees. Barceloneta- wide and long, a traditional and popular stretch with locals, crowded, noisy and very jolly.

WHEN TO GO, WEATHER: The best times to visit Barcelona are late spring and early autumn, when the weather is still comfortably warm, around 21-25°C. Summers are usually hot and humid, with temperatures averaging +30 (+ 86 Fahrenheit). Especially avoid the “dead” month of August, when many shops, bars and restaurants close for the month as many local inhabitants head out of the city. Winters are cool with average daytime temperatures around +12 C (+59 Fahrenheit), occasionally rainy.

GETTING THERE AND AROUND: By a direct flight to Barcelona, or through Madrid or via another large European city from almost any major airports in the world. The highest fares are from May to September, the lowest in March-April, October-November and December to February (excluding Christmas and New Year when prices are hiked up). Note also that flying on weekends may increase your ticket cost. If traveling to Barcelona from within Europe you can also chose train, bus or car, though these take much longer than a plane and often work out no cheaper. Many Mediterranean cruises include Barcelona as a port of call.

ACCOMODATIONS: We can offer you a range of choices. You can choose vacation rentals in Barcelona starting from $ 125 USD for a double room in a 4-star apartment hotel. Or you can opt for hotels from $ 65 USD for a double room in a 3-star hotel. Accomodation prices do not change much throughout the year due to the steady all-season flow of visitors to this extremely popular tourist city and surrounding resorts.

DINING: Besides restaurants you can eat at bars where you would have a succession of tapas (small snacks- three or four chunks of fish, meat or vegetables, or salad, which traditionally used to be served up free with a drink) or raciones (larger ones). The bar option can be a lot more interesting, allowing you to do the rounds and sample local specialities. Generally, the average cost for a meal consisting of two dishes and dessert would come to about 25 Euros. Travellers on an extremely limited budget can do well for themselves by using the excellent markets, bakeries and delis and filling up on sandwiches and snacks. Decent restaurants and cafes are easily found all over the city, though you’ll probably do most of your eating where you do most of your sightseeing, in the old town, particularly around La Rambla and in the Barri Gotic. Look for the best and most authentic seafood restaurants in Barceloneta, a seaside neighbourhood. Gothic Quarter neighbourhood is home to some of the oldest and most traditional restaurants in the city. Gracia is a very popular area among young people during the weekend, it leads the way in terms of exotic restaurants (Lebanese, Egyptian, Thai etc.).

TRANSPORT: Barcelona has excellent transport system comprising the metro (subway), buses, trains and a network of funiculars and cable cars. You can find a link to transport maps at the end of our guide. On all the city’s public transport you can buy a single ticket every time you ride, but even over only a couple of days it’s cheaper to buy a targeta – a discount ticket strip. The T-10 targeta is valid for ten separate journeys on the metro, buses and trains. These tickets can be used by more than one person at a time. The metro is the quickest way of getting around Barcelona. For black-and-yellow taxis there is a minimum charge of $ 2 euro. You’ll obviously have a great deal more freedom if you rent a car . Major roads throughout the city are generally good, and traffic is generally well behaved, though Spain does have one of the highest incidences of traffic accidents in Europe. It also has some of the lowest fuel prices on the continent.

SHOPPING: Barcelona, one of the most stylish cities in Europe offers great shopping, from designer clothes and accessories to household items. You will find the city to be quite cheap for a lot of items, especially if you coincide with the annual sales ( rebaixes in Spanish) lasting from mid-January until the end of February, and throughout July and August. The best shopping areas in Barcelona are the old streets off the upper part of the Ramblas. Souvenirs include ceramics, which are widely sold in the streets around the cathedral; leather goods; city’s delicatessens, particularly cooked Catalan meats and sausages; a porron (the long-spouted glass drinking jar); CDs and tapes of Catalan rock and pop, sardana music, Spanish rock or flamenco. If you’re looking for original gift ideas, some of the best hunting can be found in the shops of any of the city’s museums, where you’ll find reasonably priced and unique examples of Catalan disseny (graphic), and other original items ranging from postcards to replica works of art.

We wish you a nice and safe trip!

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