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Arsenal Bringing Back Boxers v Jockeys Fixture Exclusive


New kit gets a run

By Borsi Mellor
April 16 2011

Arsenal Times can reveal the real reason behind the new blue away kit.To quote Arsenal.com: The Boxers v Jockeys fixture was an important part of the Arsenal calendar during the 1950s. “The idea came from boxing referee Sam Russell who hoped to raise funds for the Sportsman’s Aid charity. He arranged the boxers’ team then Arsenal players Jimmy Logie and Arthur Shaw did the same for the jockeys.”

“The fixture on April 2, 1951 was the first game held under floodlights at Highbury with the boxers wearing the red and white of Arsenal and the jockeys taking Tottenham colours.

The games, which featured notable pugilists such as Henry Cooper and Brian London, got crowds as big as 15,000 but by 1960 a combined boxers/jockeys team were taking on a Showbiz XI and the fixture died out.”

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New Kit Gets Trial Run

Profits drive

As part of Stan Kroenke’s drive to maximise commercial profits he intends to make sure the new kit is given maximum promotion, hence the Boxers v Jockeys fixture is to be resucitated. The new kit is specifically designed to fit the jockeys and keep up the tradition of the wee men wearing Spurs colours. Meanwhile the Boxers will stick to the traditional red and white.

Those who say that Jockey type shirts in Tottenham style colours are not faithful to Arsenal’s history are quite clearly wrong, as the above quotes from Arsenal.com proves in the 1950s such shirts were a popular part of the Arsenal tradition.

 

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Arsenal Bringing Back Boxers v Jockeys Fixture Exclusive
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16/04/2011 12:36
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Re: Arsenal Bringing Back Boxers v Jockeys Fixture Exclusive
FAB #4 (IP Logged)
17/04/2011 02:57
I did not get anything you said...




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Re: Arsenal Bringing Back Boxers v Jockeys Fixture Exclusive
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
17/04/2011 09:59
i didnt say most of it Fab. The first part is from Arsenal.com and is the hsitory of the Boxers v Jockeys fixtures that took place in the 1950s. If you understand that bit the rest follows.
I am suggesting that the new shirt is in the tradtion of Jockeys wearing Tottenham gear at Arsenal. Maybe i should put a link to the alleged new blue on blue strip that looks like a jockey shirt



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsenal Bringing Back Boxers v Jockeys Fixture Exclusive
weedz (IP Logged)
24/03/2013 18:45
Did the horses hoof-prints make much of a mess of the oldee Highbury pitch, Padre?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2013:03:24:22:26:33 by weedz.

 
Re: Arsenal Bringing Back Boxers v Jockeys Fixture Exclusive
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
24/03/2013 20:37
The horses werent allowed on the pitch, but the manure smell in the dressing room was awful



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsenal Bringing Back Boxers v Jockeys Fixture Exclusive
weedz (IP Logged)
24/03/2013 22:04
(Sm6)

Ahhh... The good old days, horse liniment and ManUah

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