In praise of Edris Hapgood

A little non sequitur for you before Christmas…

I’ve seen this clip before – many of you will have done too – but I was very pleased to stumble over it again just now. As well as a great visual record of the 1932 Arsenal team, it ends with a rendition of ‘All good pals and jolly good company’. It must be on an official Arsenal history DVD somewhere – I’ve seen it many times.

THE NORTH V SOUTH CUP FINAL

Just a few observations:

The shorts. How good are the shorts? I want a pair. And they have been donned in all manner of jaunty ways by the 1932 cup final team
“My deputy, old Tom Whittaker” does not look like a man who enjoys the limelight. Cheer up Tom.
“The Boy Bastin” looks the business. Slightly bored, arms folded. Anyone called ‘The Boy’ has my vote.
How broad are Jack Lambert’s shoulders? He’s absolutely vast.
Tom Parker is as old as he looks, actually.
Joe Hulme was off to play cricket for Middlesex after the cup final. Those were the days! Imagine Eboue declaring he was off to open the batting for Glamorgan at the end of the season.
The Arsenal. All our players should call us The Arsenal. Bring that law back.
Edris (Eddie) Hapgood looks like a left-back not to be messed with.

I told you it was a bit random!

Happy Christmas / holidays one and all.