The Woolwich Walk

Some AISA members recently took a walk back in time, on a history tour of the old pre-Highbury days of the Arsenal. One destination was Dial Square, where there’s a monument (of sorts) to the origins of the club. As it happens, we’re talking to the club about making this a little more respectable.

And did you know, only one game was played as Dial Square (the name of one workshop at the Royal Arsenal armaments factory in Woolwich, south London)? There was so much interest in setting up a team from other workshops that future games were played as Royal Arsenal. That – and much more – was discussed on the tour.

For more details – and if you’d be interested in other history walking tours – contact us here. And you can read more about the walk in the next edition of the Gooner, on sale from the Manchester United home match.

The last remaining intrepid walkers who withstood the rain to pose for a picture in front of the club’s monument in Dial Square, Woolwich.
Apart from the weather, a good afternoon was had by all. But everyone agreed, the monument hardly represents the club in the best of lights, and we have already visited the site with a team, headed by Arsenal CEO, Vinai Venkatesham, to try and get it upgraded. When we have more news on that, we’ll let you know.

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