Friday, 16 August 2013

Highbury, May 1991

Let's swiftly whizz forward five seasons from yesterday's 'Highbury, August 1985' post. The final match of the Gunners' Championship winning 1990-91 season is over. Just over 41,000 fans packed out Highbury on Saturday 11th May 1991 to watch Arsenal thump Coventry City 6-1. 

The First Division trophy was already in the bag before the game, and I'd brought along my Olympus OM10 35mm camera to record some mementoes of the big day. Of course, the fans were proud to show off their colours - but what's so telling about these pictures, compared to those taken in the same location just 5 years earlier, is how much red and white there is: replica tops were now de rigueur, along with Arsenal scarves, and title-winning souvenir rosettes, hats and T-shirts...

V for Victory

Hey, now that's a ridiculous place to park up a Hot Dog & Burger stand

A cracking view of a jam-packed Avenell Road

Fans look up to the open windows of the players dressing room windows in the East Stand -  hoping to catch sight of their heroes...
...and some of them spot me too!

These joyful Arsenal fans are today twenty two years older. How many of them still go to the matches? And what, they wonder, will Season 2013-14 bring?

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