On this day in 1934, one of the most important managers in Arsenal’s history, Herbert Chapman, died of pneumonia aged 55 at his home in Hendon.
Chapman had managed Arsenal since 1925, making key signings, changing the way we played football alongside the introduction of the new offside rule and, ultimately, forging a legacy that would still be remembered to this day.
He’s the reason for the hoops on our socks, so our players can see each other, numbered shirts and adding white sleeves to our red tops.
He had won the league twice with Arsenal and the FA Cup once, but more than that he set up the regime that would run Arsenal until 1953.
Chapman will not only go down in history as one of the most important influences in Arsenal’s history but football as a whole after advocating white footballs so the players can see them better.
After lobbying by the Arsenal history society a statue was erected to him at the Emirates in 2012.