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Arsenal Museum And Stadium Tours, London

Arsenal's old Highbury Stadium

Modern football evolved from violent field games played at prestigious English public schools in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While each school played by its own rules, a set of regulations had been standardised by 1871. From this point the appeal of football began to widen rapidly. Many of the oldest working class clubs still had a link with public schools. Arsenal, however, was a genuinely working class club, formed by David Danskin and a group of friends who worked at the Arsenal munitions factory at Woolwich in 1886.

Arsenal is significant in being one of the earliest clubs to introduce modern styles of management to its team organisation and play. Arsenal had been created by factory workers, and in a factory people were specialists working on their own little bit of the process. A man named Herbert Chapman was to bring something of the same ethos to Arsenal. Chapman, a major force in the development of modern football management, had won three league titles at Huddersfield Town before moving to Arsenal in 1925. Don Davies recounts Chapman's arrival: "Herbert Chapman sat down to organise football much as a business magnate sits down to organise profits. In his view every device used by the industrialist to speed up the production of goods could be used equally well to speed up the production of goals" (J. Cox Don Davies - An Old International - quoted in The Ball Is Round by David Goldblatt P188). Chapman established absolute control over team selection, and tactics of play. In accordance with his industrial philosophy, roles on the pitch, and training for them became highly specialised. Tasks for each player became much more regularised. Wingers, for example, had to maintain their position on the wings, and were drilled in passing balls in. To an extent, this was the technique of mass production applied to football, though football being the dynamic game it is, a degree of improvisation and spontaneity was still required. Chapman's more regularised approach proved very successful, and his model became influential. All modern team managers, and many basics of team tactics, are based on the example set by Herbert Chapman of Arsenal.


A tour of Arsenal's new Emirates stadium will include a view of all the important stadium areas, and a chance to visit the museum area. Permanent items on display include Charlie George's FA Cup Final shirt from 1971, and the shirt worn by Alan Smith during the 1994 European Cup Winners Cup. There is an option to book a famous figure from the club's past to take your tour. Standard tours cost £15 for an adult, £35 for the legend tours. Use contact links below for details. The Museum can also be visited separately. Opening times below.


Address: Arsenal Box Office, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU

Directions: The Emirates Stadium is just off the A1 at Drayton Park in north London. Arsenal station on the Piccadilly Line is close by. Click here for an interactive map centred on the Emirates Stadium.

Opening Times: Please use contact details below.

Access: Stadium tour and Arsenal Museum are fully accessible for wheelchair users. Adapted toilet facilities are provided. Note that local Underground stations are not wheelchair friendly. There is limited blue badge parking in the stadium, but this has to be booked in advance. Telephone 020 7619 5000 (Stadium Tours) or 020 7704 4507 (Arsenal Museum). Guide dogs have a designated toilet area.


telephone: 020 7619 5003 (Head Office)

telephone: 020 7619 5000 (Stadium Tours)

telephone: 020 7704 4507 (Arsenal Museum)

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